Last week, we kicked off our new year! Our preschoolers and kindergarteners are spending the month of September learning that “nothing separates us from God’s love.” That is a basic truth that everyone needs to know. These kids have the privilege of learning this from an all-star team of leaders and storytellers! I hope that if you have a little one in these classrooms that you meet and get to know their leaders! Many of them are returning from last year. They are back because they love your child and they love sharing Jesus’ love with them! Together, they will be looking in the Bible and learning that “God made me, God loves me, and Jesus wants to be my Forever Friend!”
The elementary kids have begun “Bananas About the Bible,” a series that will get them digging into their Bible. These first two weeks, we’re learning how the Bible was written, who wrote it, and what’s all in it. Then the kids will spend four weeks in the New Testament. Our first graders will look at Matthew, the second graders will look at Mark, the third graders will look at Luke, the fourth graders will look at John and the fifth graders will spend the time in Acts. They will be learning about who wrote it, why they wrote it, and what’s in it. They’ll explore some of the important stories in each of these. We plan to begin each year with this, so that over the course of five years they will have a knowledge of what’s in each of the Gospels and Acts.
I think it is so important to know what Jesus taught and what He’s saying to us today. I believe that with a biblical foundation, we have a better opportunity to make biblically-based choices in life. And the best time to learn this is when you’re a child. This summer I talked in big church about how important it is to live life with a biblical worldview. And if we begin living this way as a child, we grow up to face life with Jesus holding our hand.
If you weren’t around on August 5th and want to know more about the “bright idea” I shared, you can watch below. I don’t know about you, but I can think of at least 10 ways our world would be different if our young people lived a life that said, “God made me, God loves me, and Jesus is my Forever Friend.” And I’m all for a better world.