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A recent conversation with my six year old daughter set in motion a plan to change the way my children viewed the Bible. It went something like this:
“Hannah, can you tell me who was swallowed by the big fish?”
“Who built the ark?”
“Who was thrown into the lion’s den?”
I then had the same Q&A with my four year old son Henry. Swallowed by the big fish? Satan. (Don’t we wish.) God built the ark. And when I asked who was thrown in the lion’s den, he replied, “Um, who was that again?”
At that moment, I knew something in our family HAD to change.
If we desire our children to truly learn and embrace all of the truths found in the Bible, we need to stop relying on Sunday school, singing vegetables, and other people and influences, and make the choice to intentionally integrate faith into family time.
The exchange with my daughter got me thinking about Sunday school in the traditional church. While a few churches are moving towards a more application-based approach to biblical instruction, the vast majority of churches are still serving up Bible stories old-school style. It’s the full-meal deal complete with flannelgraphs, pictures of Abraham dotted with glue and glitter, a few rounds of Jesus Loves Me, and a stale graham cracker. And our kids? They’re just not learning. It’s as though they’re attempting to put together a complex jigsaw puzzle without knowing what the finished product will look like. We as parents need to help our children see the bigger picture of God’s love and grace, as we reveal the truths and principles found within the pages of His Word.
A few months later, I decided to DO something about the problem. It was time to stop operating under the assumption that the children’s Bibles in our house would somehow sink into their brains through supernatural osmosis. I obviously couldn’t rely on traditional Sunday school. I knew that if I wanted my children to fall deeply in love with God’s Word, application and understanding were key. I set out to write No More Sunday School and am SO excited to announce that it will be available for purchase in just a few short days!!
Our children just aren’t getting the biblical application they need from traditional Sunday School. The stories aren’t being made relevant to them. The characters in the Bible are just old people in a huge book…not anyone worth remembering. Wandering in the desert? A pit full of lions? Giants? It’s no wonder our children are walking out the church doors with nothing more than a belly full of apple juice and an armload of coloring pages. The Bible isn’t coming alive for them. Without application and integration into daily life, the stories in the Bible can feel distant and irrelevant.
No More Sunday School is a weekly Bible lesson (and more!) for families. It’s a chance to connect once a week as a family, diving into God’s Word while gaining practical application for today’s world. Kid-friendly and easy to understand, each of the stories are also jam-packed with ways to apply the biblical truths and principles. Each week features an application-rich Bible story, family memory verse, family project, and craft. Every component of the lesson is designed to highlight the truths and principles found within the pages of the Bible. Intentional and application-driven, No More Sunday Schoolwill provide your children with a rich Biblical foundation, allowing them to connect personally with God and His Word.
If we desire our children to truly learn and embrace all of the truths found in the Bible, we need to stop relying on Sunday school, singing vegetables, and other people and influences, and make the choice to intentionally integrate faith into family time. I challenge you to try No More Sunday School with your family in the coming year. Spend a month in God’s Word with your children. Watch your children fall more in love with the Bible as it is made relevant and alive for them.
The collection of stories in this book are taken from the Old Testament. Full of rules, genealogies, and some fairly fantastical events, finding practical application can prove challenging for anyone. It doesn’t matter if you grew up in the church, or if you’re just now beginning to dive into God’s Word – application is your key to unlocking how the Bible relates to YOU. How many times have you flipped through the Bible and wondered how the story of a boy who killed a giant, or someone thrown into a den of lions could possibly relate to your life? This study is designed to help you and your children understand how these stories translate to modern culture. Within each of these stories are timeless truths, principles, and practical life application.
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