Show Them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids

Show Them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids

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Paperback, Pages: 224

Genres: Parenting, Nonfiction, Christian, Childrens

Language: English

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Millions of church kids are growing up and deciding to leave the church. They listened attentively in Sunday school, made friends, and seemed committed. But one day, they quit. What happened? The Bible says we love God because he first loved us. So if we are not primarily teaching our kids about Gods love for us in Christ, we may miss our opportunity to capture their hearts. But what does it look like to teach a gospel-centered lesson? Show Them Jesus is an instruction manual for teachers of kids and teens written by a lay Bible teacher with 30 years experience

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  •    Mikahn Godlewsky
    2020
    Incredibly good! I can't imagine a better resource for training teachers and parents how to magnify Christ to children.

    Part 1 explains why we need to do all of our teaching within the context of the gospel; Part 2 explains how to do it. Klumpenhower's major claim is that "we are called to teach the good news--all Jesus is and all he's done by his life, death, and resurrection to save those who are joined to him--and to treasure it as we work with kids" (3). This is our calling no matter the kids in our class: "Church kids come in one of two types--unsaved and saved. Both types desperately need to see Jesus" (43, italics original). He wants to counteract the rampant moralism in most Sunday School classes by emphasizing that the root of sanctification does not differ from the root of justification: "We grow in the same way we become Christians--rooted in Jesus, with our hope in the good news" (49).

    Our Bible teaching is distorted when we fail to connect it to the person and work of Jesus. "If we cut individual stories off from the Bible's central story arc about Jesus, we miss the main thing the Bible wants to say--and fashion Bible stories that aren't biblical" (86). Klumpenhower also notes helpfully that many of the tools we use to draw kids to church or to Jesus (e.g., games, superheroes, a cool experience) can work against the gospel. "If I can't get little ones excited about Sunday school without pretending we're jungle explorers or astronauts, or if I need carnival games to keep the youth group together, I've already lost. The subtle message of those gimmicks is that jungles and space stations and carnivals are more exciting than Jesus" (155).

    Klumpenhower is an astute practical theologian who focuses relentlessly on the truth that "the work of God [is] that you believe in him whom he has sent" (Jn. 6:29), and who rightly understands all Scripture as pointing to, preparing for, and/or proceeding from Christ. He provides a helpful checklist for teachers that calls for all classrooms and ministries to be Sin-Aware, Grace-Aware, Heart-Focused, and to manifest Delight in Jesus. The chapter on teaching Christ from the Old Testament will prove tremendously helpful to all readers, and the call to teachers to delight themselves in the Lord and to depend on him ceaselessly will convict us of our self-reliance and establish us on solid ground.

    In short, please check this one out! I plan to make it required reading for all the teachers in our children's programs.
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  •    Gashura Hollenkamp
    2020
    I love this book! I could read it over and over and over. If you are a parent, grandparent, teacher or anyone who cares about helping kids understand the gospel, you need this book. If you don't have the blessing of regular contact with children, you still need this book! I grew up in the church and have believed the gospel as long as I can remember, but this book encouraged me in my walk with Christ, gave me a clearer view of the gospel, and deepened my faith more than any other book I've read this year, except the Bible. I've already given out copies to several of my adult children and plan to give more to friends.
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