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A Simple Object Can Help a Story Come Alive

Using a simple object will help children connect to a Bible story like nothing else.  A couple of weeks back I taught lesson 35 from the Gospel Story New Testament Curriculum – Jesus Arrested.  Rather than teach from one of the Gospels as my primary text, I used Isaiah’s prophetic foretelling of the arrest from Isaiah 53:7.  Isaiah predicted the arrest of Jesus when he said, “like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.”

My prop for the lesson was three feet of braided jute fiber cord.  First, I used the cord as I spoke of how a shepherd would tie a rope to a lamb to lead  it off to be sacrificed.  I stretched the cord between my hands, holding my left hand low and pretended to lead a lamb as I spoke about the innocent animal following along to its sacrifice.

Then I transitioned to talk about Jesus.  I coiled up the same cord, held it out for the kids to see, and said.  This same cord was all that was needed to capture the Son of God, who willingly went to his slaughter, like the lamb.  Finally I compared the two sacrifices helping the children see that Jesus’ sacrifice for sin was our perfect sacrifice.  Each time I held up the cord, the children’s attention was focused on the story in an incredible way.

The cord helped them see how both the lamb and Jesus were being led to their deaths and made it easier for me to make the connection.  Objects, like this simple rope, give the children something to focus on and will help you hold their attention longer.

 

What Sets the Gospel Story Curriculum Apart From Others?

 

While staffing the Gospel Story for Kids booth at the Together for the Gospel conference this week, folks stopping by wanted to know what makes our curriculum unique.   It is a fair question that I thought others could benefit from.  There are basically five hallmarks to our program.

  1. All the children learn the gospel every week on every learning level.  Because the Gospel Story Curriculum is a biblical theology for church and home, we answer the question, “How do Jesus and the gospel connect to this lesson?” every week.
  2. All the children learn the same story every week to make reviewing the lessons easy for parents.  As a dad with six children, I can remember the days when my children would come home with four different take-home sheets, that usually had to be unfolded from their paper airplane configuration. Reviewing four different lessons was almost impossible for me – and I was the children’s pastor.
  3. The Gospel Story Curriculum has a family devotional (Long Story Short) which provides parents with five days of devotions for every lesson in the curriculum.  That way, parents can follow up Monday-Friday with what we teach in church on Sunday and no more paper airplane take-home sheets!
  4. The Gospel Story Bible follows the curriculum exactly!  No more needing to use three or four preschool Bibles that may or not connect the gospel to your lesson.  The Gospel Story Bible connects every lesson to the life transforming Gospel message and becomes a follow up tool for parents of preschool children at home.  Every story lists three discussion questions especially designed for our youngest children.
  5. When you combine the Old and New Testament curriculums, you’ve got a three year program – three years for preschool (3-5 year-olds); three years for lower elementary (1st – 3rd grade); and three years for upper elementary (4th-6th grade).  That means a three year old entering the program can go nine years without ever repeating a single lesson!

Take some time if you’ve not explored our web site and download a few samples.  Thanks for all the kind words from those of you who stopped by our booth to tell us how much you appreciate our products!