Teaching the Gospel to Three-Year-Olds
"No matter what part of the bible we are studying in class, it always points to Christ."
I signed up to serve in the Providence Kids because I believe that the Lord has given me a desire to serve through teaching. I love teaching, but what I love even more is watching kids listen and respond to the gospel. I teach three-year-olds, so I don’t expect a theological response. These kids hear the gospel and proclaim truths through bible stories each week. No matter what part of the bible we are studying in class, it always points to Christ.
One of three-year-olds this week showed his dad what he made in class: a shaker that said “Praise God.” We read about Solomon finishing the tabernacle and then praising God because God kept his promises. We talked about how Jesus changed everything when he died on the cross and that he made a way for sinners to come to God. The dad asked his son what he learned about in his classroom, and the little boy replied, “Jesus.” Hearing that response made me realize how much that truth sinks in at such a young age. It’s exciting to see these seeds being planted in the hearts of children.
When I first started serving in Providence Kids, I expected to walk in every Sunday and have a bible story ready with some activities or crafts. What I didn’t expect was how much more truth I got out of preparing and teaching each week. The curriculum is set up so that it goes through the entire bible in chronological order. Every week when I sit down and go through the bible lesson, it preaches the gospel to me.
Serving in Providence Kids has changed my perspective on serving. Some days I go in and it’s a little crazy—not enough teachers, a lot of kids... sometimes we have to combine classes. But I am reminded that serving is not about me. I’m there to love on kids and to share the love of Christ with them. Leading is about sacrificial love and that’s how I feel about serving in ministry. One of the greatest rewards is watching the kids who were in the three-year-olds class move into the pre-k class and continue to learn the gospel truth in more depth.
“...let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Mark 10:14-15
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