Last week on the blog, I shared some thoughts with you on why we should be teaching kids theology.
So many of you shared feedback with me about how this post resonated with you, and why you thought that yes, teaching theology to kids – both at home and in church – matters. My challenge to you – and honestly, to myself – was to stop underestimating kids and start digging deeper with them. Kids are smart enough, eager enough and interested enough to learn theological truths about God, His character, and how He works in our world.
My challenge to start small also seemed to resonate with many of you. Something as humongous as theology is intimidating even to the bravest of pastors and parents! The challenge to start with something small and tangible like the Apostle’s Creed, and work through it with your kids and family seemed reasonable.
The Apostle’s Creed is a brief statement. There are loads of articles and books you can read about the truths it contains. As the oldest statement of faith in the Christian church, it is familiar to many, and learning it with your family will connect you to the church universal.
While the Apostles’ Creed may be a small statement, it contains some BIG theological truths. If you start working through it with your kids – whether in ministry or at home – you’re going to quickly find you’re diving into some deep truths about God and what He does. Take these phrases:
“I believe in Jesus Christ our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary…”
“I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of the saints…”
Whoa. Those two phrases alone are jam-packed with important truths about who Jesus is and how He came to earth, and what we believe about the church. What does holy catholic mean anyways? And what is this communion of the saints business?
How are you supposed to explain that to a teenager?
A ten-year old?
Excellent questions. This is where #theologytuesday comes in. For the next few weeks, I will be unpacking the Apostles’ Creed bit-by-bit, and sharing some practical, hands-on tools that you can use in your home or ministry. My goal is to empower you – parent, caretaker, grandma, children’s pastor, Sunday School teacher – to teach powerful truths about God to the kids in your care.
So, stay tuned! I’m excited to break the creed into chunks and share what I’m learning, and how you can help kids learn it, with you.
In the meanwhile, here are a a few resources to get you started:
- What is the Apostles’ Creed? (In 90 Seconds)
- This I Believe (The Creed) by Hillsong – This new, very popular rendition of the Apostle’s Creed is so helpful in getting the truths of the creed into your heart (and stuck in your head!).
- The Creed in traditional & modern language
- Apostles’ Creed with Scripture references (from DiscipleLand)
I’m working on a Pinterest board as I go through this series – sticking all kinds of ideas, resources & books, particularly for kids. If you have a resource on the Apostle’s Creed or the theological truths it contains – I’d love to hear about it!
Leave me a comment below!
Looking forward to #theologytuesdays with you.