The Who of the Bible

The Bible is one big story centered around the Jesus. That is the driving truth behind The Gospel Project. It is essential that we teach our kids how to read the Bible through this lens, and it is perhaps the best way that we will help our kids learn to love to read the Bible and be positioned for a lifetime of fruitful times in God's Word. It is important that our kids know the basic facts of the Bible. These facts form the "what" of the Bible and connect with their minds. But we ... [Reading More]

Explaining Application Without Teaching Moralism

Since the Gospel Project for Kids team is launching the second 3-year cycle, I’ve been gathering lists of key passages that we can use to help kids, preschoolers, and toddlers understand the gospel and hide God’s Word in their hearts. Have you ever looked up “best Bible verses for kids” on your favorite search engine? Try it. I was expecting foundational verses that would help kids understand who God is and what He did for them through Jesus. I was expecting: “For God loved the world in ... [Reading More]

Biblical Preaching: A Discussion Panel at the SBC

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The Gospel Project is excited to host a discussion panel on preaching with Ed Stetzer, H.B. Charles Jr., Chip Henderson, and J.D. Greear. Sign Up Here! All of us agree that preaching is central to pastoral ministry and the spiritual formation of our local churches. All of would agree that the core message of our preaching should be centered on the biblical text. However, there are disagreements concerning philosophies and styles of preaching. During this discussion panel we will explore ... [Reading More]

What Gives a Kid Worth?

It almost rolled right out of my mouth. It was that close. But thankfully, the words never materialized. "Joshua, I think your artwork is better than your classmates' art." My family was at Joshua and Hannah's elementary school for a book fair and after buying a few books and eating a hot dog and potato chip dinner (hey, it was free!), we ventured down to each of their classrooms to check out their recent art projects hanging on the walls. As I examined Joshua's self-portrait I found ... [Reading More]

Holding a Parents Meeting

The Gospel Project for Kids team is excited about the new three-year scope and sequence that begins this fall and we have heard from so many kids ministry leaders across the country who are as well! As you prepare to launch into the new cycle of The Gospel Project for Kids in September - whether this is going to be your first time through or you are beginning your second - I would encourage you to see this as an opportunity to cast vision to the parents (or grandparents/guardians) of the kids in ... [Reading More]

Jesus’ Passover Gift to Peter and John

Bern's Steakhouse is a Tampa landmark that is well worth a visit if you are ever in that city. It's pricey, but the food and atmosphere are fantastic and they have an upstairs dessert room that will blow your mind. During our time of living in Tampa, my wife and I were able to go to Bern's a couple of times to eat dinner and a few more times just to enjoy the dessert room. Another great feature of Bern's, that not everyone knows of, is the guided tours of the kitchen. An employee will escort ... [Reading More]

Celebrating Easter with Kids

This year, make sure your kids remember Easter for more than pastel colors or candy or hunts in the park. The significance of Easter is so much greater than hollow bunnies. Jesus is so much greater. Why do we celebrate Easter? Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are essential to the Christian faith. If we teach Jesus as a respected teacher and miracle-worker who claimed to be the Messiah and who was crucified on the cross—but who was not resurrected—then we are teaching the Jesus of Judaism. ... [Reading More]

A 5 Minute Video on The Big Story of the Bible for Kids

https://vimeo.com/123430346 We recently released a video for The Gospel Project Chronological that shows how the whole Bible points to Jesus, how “every story casts His shadow.” This new video was created by The Gospel Project kids team, and is an excellent overview of The Gospel Project Chronological for Kids. We hope you enjoy it! Please share it and help us get the word out. This is the heart behind The Gospel Project Chronological, which launches this Fall for groups of all ages. You ... [Reading More]

Exchanging the Truth for a Lie

"What color is the dress?" That question was the topic around office water coolers and on the Internet in late February and early March. For those of you who were mercifully spared from that discussion, the issue surrounded a photo of a striped dress that was posted online. Some saw a blue and black dress. Others saw a white and gold dress. Theories abounded about why the dress looked so different to people (including that it was all a hoax), but the debate raged on. When I finally gave in ... [Reading More]

How to Teach the Crucifixion…even to Preschoolers

This is the second post of a two part series. Last week covered why we should teach the crucifixion to children. This week covers how to teach the crucifixion to children of differing ages. Easter is drawing near. While the world is enamored with bunnies and egg hunts, the church prepares to celebrate the ultimate victory—Christ’s defeating sin and death in His crucifixion and resurrection. Even if you agree that teaching the crucifixion to children of all ages is paramount, that doesn’t make ... [Reading More]