The curriculum we are using for all children is The Gospel Story Curriculum. This curriculum focuses on Jesus Christ as it teaches children 78 Old Testament lessons and 78 New Testament lessons that highlight God’s plan for redemption. This curriculum comes from a reformed theological perspective, is gospel-centered, and teaches children a biblical theology centered on the person and work of Jesus Christ.
A high percentage of children’s curriculum is moral teaching that misses the main storyline of the Bible. Morally driven lessons sound like this, “Joshua was courageous so you should be courageous.” One of the elements I appreciate most about this curriculum is that it keeps a laser focus on Jesus Christ and the gospel, revealed in part in the Old Testament and fully explained in the New Testament while making moral applications where appropriate.
It is my hope that upon completion of this curriculum children are familiar with the big picture of the Bible as well as the major themes, people and stories. The Bible has four major components, and with the help of this curriculum, children should recognize and understand each of these: creation, fall, redemption, and consummation. The four major themes of Scripture will be taught to your children in the following way:
- God made the world good (creation)
- Sin made the world groan (fall)
- Jesus broke the chains of sin (redemption)
- God made the world new (consummation)
One of the components that I love most about The Gospel Story Curriculum is the accompanying devotional book to use in the home. The Long Story Short is one of the best devotional resources I’ve ever seen and can be used with or without this curriculum. However, it is my hope that the devotional book will be used in partnership with what we are teaching on Sunday. Here is a short blurb about the devotional book:
Long Story Short will help busy parents share with their children how every story in the Old Testament points forward to God’s story of salvation through Jesus Christ. You won’t find a more important focus for a family devotional than a daily highlighting of the gospel of grace. Clever stories and good moral lessons may entertain and even help children, but the gospel will transform children.
For the glory of Jesus,
Josh Mulvihill, Pastor to Children and Families