Take a few moments and imagine you are going to visit your best friend. Perhaps your friend lives a few blocks away or perhaps across the country or globe.
As you imagine going to visit do you see the streets that will get you to your destination?
Even if your friend lives across the globe, in your mind you can most likely see a map of places you will fly over and stop at before you arrive at your destination.
Now imagine you are given directions to a new doctor’s office; but they give you the middle portion of the directions first and then they give you the beginning and then they give you the end. Oh yes — they didn’t tell you of the strange way they gave you the directions, it is up to you to figure it out.
From the beginning of creation God had a plan; He knew each detail of every life He would create. There is no chaos with the Tri-une God there is always order. If, as you teach the children, you are jumping from one portion of the Bible to another the children will not catch the cohesiveness of God’s plan.
When the Tri-une God created Adam and Eve He knew they were going to sin — He is all-knowing. He had a plan!
Adam and Eve sinned, God placed a punishment upon them which all of mankind endures (Genesis 3: 16-19); when Cain sinned the curse God gave him separated him from God forever. (Genesis 4:13-14) Eve had had hopes that Cain would lead to the redemption of mankind.(Genesis 3:15). Now what?
GOD IS MERCIFUL!
Neither man, nor Satan, can alter God’s plan. “And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him.” To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD.” (Genesis 4:25-26 ESV)
God had a plan!
That plan is revealed,
like a road map,
when we take the children through the Bible in order.
We begin in Genesis and show how God thwarted Satan’s plan in the garden, continuing story by story —revelation by revelation — to see how each man and woman written of in the Bible was a part of God’s plan to bring us to Jesus.
Pharaoh wasn’t an accident.
“For by now I could have put out my hand and struck you
and your people with pestilence, and you would have been cut off from the earth.
But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power,
so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.
You are still exalting yourself against my people and will not let them go.”
Exodus 9: 15-17
The LORD has made everything for its purpose,
even the wicked for the day of trouble.
(Proverbs 16:4 ESV)
When children have the Biblical Roadmap internalized the Bible no longer is just a bunch of stories – the Bible becomes God’s story which declares the fullness of who He is. Children will have a deeper understanding of how much the Tri-une God loves them — AND how He takes great pleasure in them as they walk with Him through life. (Psalm 147, 149) This leads them to desire a deeper and deeper relationship with Him.
Be intentional to help the children in your children’s ministry create this internal Biblical Roadmap. If you do there is a much greater chance that they will walk with the Tri-une God into adulthood and on into eternity.
One of the purposes of Sunday Plus Curriculum is to help children develop an internal Biblical Roadmap.