“When most children hear the word ‘church,’ the first thing that usually comes to mind is a particular place—a building,” says Truth78 curriculum author Jill Nelson. “Church is a place where they go for a weekly worship service, Sunday school classes, and more. However, as the Bible defines it, the church is something much more beautiful, wonderful, and profound.”
“The church is God’s chosen, blessed, redeemed, and holy people, who are called to worship God, to love and build up one another into Christlikeness, and to proclaim the gospel to the lost.”
The lessons in a new curriculum Jill wrote for Truth78 develop these themes as the study progresses and build up to the glorious triumph of Jesus’ church for all eternity.
I Will Build My Church is a new Midweek Bible curriculum for children about God’s family, communicating the essence and purpose of Jesus’ church, along with its regular practices.
Throughout this curriculum, children are taught different aspects of Jesus’ church—what the church truly is, when and how it began, who it includes, how it functions, and its ultimate purpose. Many of the lessons are practical in that they explain the various elements of regular church life that may be taken for granted: gathering for a weekly worship service, the preaching of the Word, corporate prayer, participating in the Lord’s Supper, living out the one-another commands, missions, etc.
Throughout the lessons, there are various activities designed to introduce children to a local church’s history, leadership, ministries, and practices.
“By helping children understand these basic realities of the body of Christ, our hope and prayer is that they will see and experience the church with a growing sense of awe, love, and appreciation.”
Furthermore, and especially for children who are already trusting in Christ, this study is also designed to encourage and equip them for greater participation in the life of the church.
I Will Build My Church is available at www.truth78.org/i-will-build-my-church.
About Jill Nelson
Jill Nelson is an author and the director of content development for Truth78. Jill has taught Sunday school for more than 30 years. She and her husband, Bruce, live in the Minneapolis area and enjoy spending time with their daughter Sarah and her husband Matt, son Jacob and his wife Amanda, and six grandchildren.
The ministry of Truth78 (www.truth78.org) is oriented around the vision that the next generations know, honor, and treasure God, setting their hope in Christ alone, so that they will live as faithful disciples for the glory of God. Truth78 pursues that vision by inspiring and equipping the church and the home for the comprehensive discipleship of the next generations.