Monday, August 08, 2011
Bible Class 101 & New Project
It dawned on me the other morning while surrounded by six children dressed in their Sunday best that the major lessons of life can be learned in a children's Bible class:
Be nice and mean it.
Pray for bullies (even if you don't want to).
Clean up your messes the best you can.
Always have your Bible close.
Sometimes life stinks, hurts, and isn't fair but God will always love you no matter what.
Visitors are friends we haven't met yet. Make them feel welcome.
Be thankful to God for your family and friends but especially thank him for Jesus.
After the lesson and while the kids were coloring, I thought of Ms. Hilda, Ms. Alice, and Ms. Louise. I had several Bible class teachers when I was a child but these are the ones that come to mind when I think of that little church building in Western KY.
These made an impression and they're the ones I draw encouragement from every time I walk into my own Bible class.
I've been fortunate enough to teach ladies Bible classes but I would always rather be in a classroom full of children. Seeing what a child can understand always amazes me.
Their innocent faith and pure love for others is a lesson for all of us (Luke 16:18). You might be surprised by the questions they ask on topics such as forgiveness, salvation, and even grace. Children have a fervent desire to know about Jesus.
There's few things as rewarding albeit a bit exhausting and sometimes even nerve-wracking as sitting down with some rambunctious kids and teaching the Word of God. Seeing a child learn the love of Christ is overwhelmingly satisfying.
I challenge you; get involved in a Bible class. You have no idea how encouraging it will be and you'll be surprised at how much you will learn.
I'm working on my next book project and I need your help. I have a questionnaire for Bible class teachers (for adult & children classes) and looking for participants to offer advice, memories of their favorite teacher, humorous stories, and encouragement for and from the Bible class teacher.
If you are a Bible class teacher (or ever had one) and would like to participate, send me an email and I'll send you the questionnaire.
The link to contact me is on the profile page. Looking forward to hearing from you!