The gospel is simple enough for children to understand, and it is deep enough for you to spend the rest of your life studying it. If you want to understand the gospel, you need no degree.
I think Lawson gave a brilliant response to this argument of Hovind’s (which he ran into the ground in his debate with Ross). But Jesus welcomed them: “Let the little children come to Me.” (See Mark 10:13-16.) We come in the summer from Tennessee to do VBS and we tell them of the Love Of Jesus. Does 1 Corinthians 15:39 Rule Out Evolution? He’ll say something like “I don’t believe you need a guru to tell you what The Bible said. Get our latest tips and leader helps with our free monthly e-newsletter. While The Central Message Is Clear To All, The Peripherals May Not Be She and her husband have a one-year-old son. He created human beings, and moreover, He created human beings in His image. I am open to John Walton’s view, but I’m slightly skeptical of it. That is not the point of this blog post. However, I’d like to offer my own thoughts on this matter, as I think Hovind is preaching a half-truth.
His reasoning would logically entail that taking hermenuetics classes is a waste of time.
He created the birds. I’m grateful for this effort by Spread Truth to reach the world with the Good News of salvation in such a creative and compelling manner.”
According to Peter, some things in scripture (he considered Paul’s letters inspired) are hard to understand. The gospel is simple enough for a young child to understand. Keep it up!
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Are they putting together the pieces to understand the bigger story of Scripture—the story of Jesus?
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As Charles Spurgeon said “No one outgrows scripture. On the one hand, Paul says “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:14-15, KJV, emphasis mine).
True, it is meat for men, but it is also milk for babes.
If the message is simple, it will be clear. It may be that the details of the passage can only be understood by (in Lawson’s words) “doing the leg work”. God is at work in the hearts of the kids you teach. According to Paul, a child can understand the scriptures. It can be difficult at times when we don’t see results of the seeds God uses us to plant. Spurgeon emphasized that the gospel is not beyond the comprehension of children. He compared it to a river, where there are shallow places for even the smallest lambs to wade without fear of being swept away. If we are clear and consistent in our teaching, the message of God’s unconditional love always comes through. If the message is simple, it will be understandable. In his debate with Hugh Ross which took place 17 years ago, he said that “If you need some guru to tell you what The Bible says, then you’ve got a cult” (paraphrase). This post is so wonderful!
The Calendar Day view may be the simplest, but that doesn’t mean it’s correct.
Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,\rKJV\r\rLuke 18:17\r Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.\rKJV\r\r\rFAIR USE NOTICE: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Thank for this article. Yes, kids are capable of understanding the gospel. The point of this blog post is that you can’t reject an interpretation just because it’s not obvious.
For some reason, Hovind thinks that The Bible has to be easy to read, and if your interpretation isn’t a prima facie (face value) interpretation, or if your interpretation is even the least bit complex, then it must be wrong. Perhaps they did not think children were worth the Lord’s time. Did they really understand what I said?
In his book Come Ye Children, C.H.
Here are a few things I think are critically important when it comes to sharing the gospel. So glad to hear that, Katherine! I have been teaching this curriculum for almost 2 months and I felt so discouraged this past week after teaching. 1. Updated Permissions for Using The Gospel Project for Kids. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc.\r\rWe believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law.
As Charles Spurgeon said “No one outgrows scripture. Does The Bible Support What I’m Saying? , C.H.
And this is something that anyone, anywhere, even a 1st grader can get from the text if he picks up a Bible and read it. The REAL GOSPEL - Simple Enough for a Child BARNUMandBENTLEY.
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This is a great reminder to Trust God! So glad you are being encouraged, Jessica! Genesis 1, John Walton, and ANE Creation Texts. Are the days even meant to be an account of natural history, and if they are, are they intended to be telling natural history in chronological order? This is the gospel in a nutshell. There is nothing that exists or came into existence that did not come into existence by God’s creative decree (cf. Check out the age-appropriate posters for both preschoolers and kids. God’s Word is intended for all people, and therefore all people can understand it. Have you seen the kids in your ministry “get it”?
I think God made Himself plain and clear. He also wrote: Yes, kids are capable of understanding the gospel.
You don’t need a Ph.D to understand what He says. He created all land animals such as cattle, “beasts of the field” and bugs (i.e things that creepeth along the ground). You need to weigh the arguments for and against a certain interpretation, and base your acceptance or rejection of an interpretation on that basis. An Argument Of Hope For Porn/Masturbation Addicts, Promoting Civil Discourse Between YECs, OECs, and ECs, The Historical Reliability Of The New Testament.
Are they putting together the pieces to understand the bigger story of Scripture—the story of Jesus? They talked about (1) The Genealogies, (2) Jesus’ view on creation (focusing on Mark 10:6), (3) Exegesis of Exodus 20:11, and (4) Animal Death before the fall. Have you seen the kids in your ministry “get it”? You need to weigh the arguments for and against a certain interpretation, and base your acceptance or rejection of an interpretation on that basis. But I won’t get into the reasons why The Day-Age and Framework views have more merit than Hovind’s interpretation. He created the fish. Trust Him! I recently watched a debate between my friend Zachary Lawson and Kent Hovind. The gospel is simple enough for children to understand, and it is deep enough for you to spend the rest of your life studying it. The gospel message is simple enough for a child to understand.