I've spent nearly a year teaching the young four-year-old Sunday School class at our church. They are a precious group of kids. It's such a privilege to help lay a biblical foundation in these little ones. I love to tell Bible stories in such a way that they are alive and interesting to the kids. One idea has gone over particularly well. It wasn't premeditated, I just realized when I saw blank looks that they needed more info!
Whenever I tell the story I have a Bible in front of me, even though I'm telling the story without reading it. I like to tell them where in the Bible the story comes from. Here's an example of the kind of thing I've been telling them throughout the year:
"Today I'm going to tell you a true story from the Bible. It's found in the book of the Bible called John. Why do you think it's called John? (this is a rhetorical question, by the way, and I don't wait for an answer!) Because a man named John wrote it! John was one of Jesus' disciples. He followed Jesus around and watched what he did. John listened to what Jesus said. And it was really amazing stuff! After Jesus died and rose again and went to heaven John thought to himself, 'People really need to hear about Jesus!' So God helped him remember all those things that he heard Jesus say and saw Jesus do so that we could read about it and know Jesus, too!"
The kids seem to really get it. And I hope it's sinking in for the long haul. Because even more than the specific lesson I have to teach in a given week, I want them to know that the Bible is living and true, and the only reliable way to find out who God is!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
text and canon for 4-year-olds
Dr. Carmen Imes is the Associate Professor of Old Testament at Prairie College in Three Hills, Alberta, and serves the broader church through teaching, speaking, and writing. She earned a PhD in Biblical Theology (Old Testament) from Wheaton College under Dr. Daniel Block, an MA in Biblical Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a BA in Bible and Theology from Multnomah University. She and her husband, Danny, served as missionaries with SIM 15 years. They have three children: Ana, Emma, and Easton.