Thursday, June 4, 2015

Theology Thursdays FOR KIDS!!! Lesson & Link-Up #19 God Controls Pain and Suffering in the World!!!
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Theology Lesson FOR KIDS 19: 

God Controls Pain and Suffering in the World

In this session we conclude Dr. Ware's third chapter, "Creator and Ruler of All."  I have enjoined this chapter as it addresses the difficult questions of good/evil and the question "why?"  To read the posts related to this chapter please see below (click on the title to be redirected to that particular topic/post).

#19 God Controls Pain and Suffering in the World (below)
In this section Dr. Ware points children to five principals that help them think correctly about suffering from a biblical and Christian point of view.
  1. Suffering is not, in itself, something that lasts forever.  In Revelation 21:3-4 it speaks of pain and suffering NOT being part of the new re-creation to come! Praise God!!
  2. Suffering is often planned and used by God to bring about good.  Dr. Ware shares several ways God may use suffering...Suffering can be used by God as a tool of judgement, to call children back to himself, enable believers to grow, to show the greater strength and glory of God, so that believers will be better able to help others who, in similar ways, experience suffering in their lives, and suffering is part of being a believer of Jesus.
  3.  God has promised his children that everything in their lives, even suffering, will be used for their good.  Romans 8:28, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Ephesians 5:20, and Psalm 34:10
  4. God is more concerned with our character then our comfort, with our holiness rather than our happiness.  James 1:2-4 and Romans 5:3-5
  5. We should pray for God to remove our suffering while we also pray for God to help us accept our suffering.  Example of Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Even in the midst of difficulty God is on the throne, He is in control, and we can trust Him!  Press On!! 

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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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for featuring my post and for hosting have a great week. Blessings


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