Thursday, May 7, 2015

Theology Thursdays FOR KIDS!!! Lesson & Link-Up #18 Our Responsibiblty in the World GOD CONTROLS

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Theology Lesson FOR KIDS #18

Our Responsibility in the World God Controls
Dr. Ware reminds us of the story of Joseph from Genesis 37 to illustrate God's sovereignty and man's responsibility, "God is sovereign (He's in control), and we are responsible (we are accountable for the actions we do)."  

God allowed Joseph, in Genesis 37, to be sold into slavery by his jealous brothers.  Yet God took care of Joseph.  Joseph's brothers meant to harm Joseph yet God used it to bring about His good plan.  Years later when Joseph encounters his brothers he even tells them, "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good (Genesis 50:20)."  Dr. Ware shares, "This story shows us that even though wicked people carry out things to harm others and to bring about what is wrong, yet God works in and through those very wicked actions.  And the fact that God works in and through them makes us sure that his good purposes are bought about even though wicked deeds are done.  Because of this, the wicked people who have done these bad things are rightly guilty of doing what was wrong.  But God, who works through what they have done, is worthy of praise since he brings about the good that he has planned through them."

Furthermore Dr . Ware uses the example of the cross.  Wicked men put Jesus on the cross yet God the Father also planned for Jesus to die on the cross for us.  John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life."  also Isaiah 53:10 says, "it was the will of the Lord to crush him (Jesus)."

Dr. Ware concludes, "The true and living God rules over everything that's good and everything that's bad.  But he does so in such a way that he always brings about the good that he has planned, while wicked people are rightly held responsible for the wrong they've done...Although we cannot understand this fully, faithfulness to God and to his word means that we believe both of these teachings of the bible are true." 

Specific Ideas for Teaching Lesson eighteen to Children:   
  • Fill out a T-Chart of Joseph's story.  On one side list the harm that wicked men intended for Joseph then on the next side list how God provided, met Joseph's needs, and how God fulfilled his good plan.
  • Recall other examples of biblical characters who faced difficulty and how God's good was demonstrated, make a T-Chart!
More General Ideas for Teaching Theology to Children...
  • Don't be afraid to challenge your child to THINK!  In a world where children have many thoughtless and effortless tasks (video games, TV, and computer time) challenge your child to THINK through great truths of the gospel!
  • Take your time to soak up truth!  Don't rush through a lesson, allow time, opportunities, and study to help resonate a specific truth within them (and us!!).
  • Begin an individual journal or family journal about the theological truths learned, review it regularly. 
  • Pray that the Lord would give you wisdom and understanding as you seek to honor Him in the teaching and training of your children.
  • Pray that God would open the eyes of your child's HEART that they would EMBRACE the gospel not just KNOW the content intellectually (see this related post).
  • Talk about these truths DAILY and when teachable moments present themselves take advantage of them! 

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