Monday, February 15, 2010

Teaching the Bible to the very young

Pastor Paul taught hand motions to John 3:16 in service a few weeks ago. He's not taking credit for it. It's been around for a while, I've been told. But I thought that it would be a great intro. at meal times for the Patient Plums. When we get to the end, our hands are already clasped. Then we say our prayer:

To the tune of "Where is Thumbkin"

Lord, we thank you (twice)
For our "insert meal name"...breakfast, snack, lunch (twice)
And our many blessings (twice)
Amen (twice)

I have started this and after the second meal, a few little ones where already doing trying to do the hand motions. The Patient Plums are between 25 months and 37 months.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

The right hand represents God. The left hand represents us.

For God so loved the world (right hand in the air and wave hand/wrist, point to the left hand)

The napkin in the left hand represents sin. Sin is all the “junk” in our lives; not listening ears, rough hands, angry voices, jealousy, gossip, inappropriateness.

God sent Jesus to take away our sin and make a way to heaven because he knew that we couldn’t do it on our own.

That He gave His one and only Son (take the napkin out of the left hand and place it on your lap).

“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10

That whoever believes in Him (left hand pointing at right hand)

When we place our trust in God and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we are saved by grace. We are given a new heart.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”. Ephesians 2:8

Shall not perish (clasp hands) but have eternal life.

God holds us in His hand and Jesus delivers us to God.

“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:28

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

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