I once made it a point to do three biographies a year for Youth Fellowship in my church. That did not go as it planned as I have been very busy with the regular series that I was doing (there were three of them). Nevertheless, at least one is delivered over the past two years during the annual church conference held locally in our local churches. So far, the list has been John Calvin and Charles Spurgeon. This year, it will be George Whitefield. Certainly, Whitefield has been a favourite of mine for many reasons that I am not inclined to put down here. However, during my preparations, I have come to see that there are many Biblical persons whose biography are equally, if not more, compelling to be delivered. This year, I am looking at the prophet Moses. I have not heard a biography given of him before (based on my own experience). Yet, I find Moses to be a very fascinating person. Someone the person on the street is able to relate to. Let’s see how this year goes.
The special thing about Sunday School (‘ss’ for short) is this: the teacher has the opportunity to present spiritual lessons at its most fundamental/basic form. There is no one single approach to it. Not everytime does it necessarily be evangelistic in format, though it should not be neglected. Some may focus on the ‘action’ of a passage. Some on the issues presented in a passage. Still others on relevance to the children itself. Well, a good balance is needed, not only for each ‘meal’ but the whole course too.
It is with these thoughts & prior experience in both receiving & teaching in ss that I am starting a journal, of sorts, to tackle some hard passages from the bible for a ss target audience. Too often, teachers rely only on set passages that are ‘easy’ & deemed ‘acceptable’ to children. I believe it is more often to do with the teacher’s desire & ability than anything else. Teaching children challenges mature Christians in conveying the gist of the spiritual lessons from the bible text. How do we make Revelation understandable to children? Too many shy away & find it too deep for children to understand. On some levels that is true, but on some others, not so. Excluding many bible passages because of the age level of the target audience waters down the fact that all spiritual lessons are applicable to all sinful human heart, and thus conveyable.
Will we shy away our children from the realities of the deceitfulness and destructive nature of sin? Thus I am starting each page of my ‘journal’ with short lessons from books of the bible that are usually deemed hard for children. As in all my dealings with children, there will also be accompanying art to help convey such things as necessary. This is more of an exercise which I hope will help family worship once my boy grows up to the age where he begins to understand words and thoughts.
I’ll try to snap a photo and post those that I think are interesting 🙂