3 Tips on Helping Kids Stand Firm in Belief

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When I was a kid, I loved watching Bill Nye the
Science Guy. Not so much now. You may have seen in the news where
Nye spoke out against creationism. “The biblical stories were
presented to me, but they never seemed reasonable,” said Nye in an
interview. His statements could be summed up to say it’s okay if I
want to believe in a God who created everything, but don’t harm
children by teaching them that falsehood.

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Creationist and Answers in Genesis CEO Ken Ham challenged Nye to a
debate, and it is set for next month (
details can be found here
). I’d recommend watching
Ham’s video
and his colleagues’ videos as well when you get the
chance.
Both men agree that whatever happens at the debate, they’ll each
leave still set firm in their beliefs. And that’s what I want to
talk about today. How can we help kids be firm in their beliefs?
How can we help them accomplish 1 Peter 3:15…always ready to
explain their Christian hope? Here’s three ways to help your kids
stand firm in their beliefs.

  1. Start with the heart. Faith isn’t a subject.
    Faith is a relationship. Think about your best friend. How did that
    relationship form? Did you jot down trivia about that person on
    study cards and go over them every night? No, you spent time with
    that person, talking and doing things together. If we want our kids
    to live for Jesus, we can’t make him a subject like spelling or
    math. Instead, we need to help kids grow in their relationship with
    God.
     
  2. Knowledge is power. Next is getting kids into
    the Bible and helping God’s Word stick in their hearts. When
    planning your lessons, make the Bible come to life in your kids’
    eyes by using the
    multiple intelligences theory
    to connect with your kids in many
    different ways. And make sure to make your lessons R.E.A.L. What’s
    R.E.A.L. learning?
    The four keys of R.E.A.L. learning are
    Relational, Experiential, Applicable, and Learner-based (and that’s
    what Sunday school
    curriculum from Group
    excels at!).
     
  3. Put it together. So we have the head and the
    heart. Now it’s time to combine…which means letting kids take
    ownership of their faith. Don’t give them answers to life’s big
    questions…help kids discover them. Encourage discussion in your
    lessons (here are some great
    tips on sparking conversations
    ). Help kids find what they have
    a God-given passion for and then help them do it! Have kids with a
    heart for missions? Give the guidance to find a project they can do
    locally. Have kids with a love for music? Start a kids’ choir. Give
    kids a chance to live out their faith.

What else can we do? Stop using “story” when referring to real
events of the Bible. If you haven’t read
Chris Yount Jones’ post on using the s-word
, please take a
moment to. After hearing Nye’s comments, I’m inclined to stop using
that verbiage now more than ever.

Whenever I bring up using or not using “story,” it always seems to
get people talking. What  about you? What do you think? Share
with us using the comment section below!

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David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

2 Comments

  1. Wow! It was a great read until your last two paragraphs. It seems as though you wanted people to talk more about using or not using the term "story" instead of talking about faith that sticks.

  2. Thanks for your comments Cheryl…As Chris says in her blog post I linked to, "If we are guilty of fictionalizing God's Word, how will our children ever believe in its truth?" If we're talking about faith that sticks I think it's very important to show kids that the Bible isn't a story (like a fairy tale), it's God's Word. Sorry if it seemed out of place, but I thought it was a good point to carry on the conversation get people talking…and look, we're talking! :)

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