Why The Big God Story Helps Kids

This Family Ministry Conversation video is all about sharing God's grand redemptive narrative with kids.
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Hello everyone. I’m Michelle Anthony. Welcome to family ministry conversations. Today’s topic is God’s grand redemptive narrative or for kids—the Big God Story.

That’s what it is. It’s the big story about God’s redemption throughout all of history, and it continues to this day. When we teach God’s Word in family ministry, we want to capture the entire story and we want to make sure that God is at the center of that.

When we present God’s Word as one big story with one main character, then you and I take on supporting roles.

And who better to need the gospel of Jesus Christ than our families in our local churches? Every single family needs the redemption that God offers, and we can find ourselves in this story.

Learning Our Role in The Big God Story

That’s the beautiful part about this. When we present God’s Word as one big story with one main character, then you and I become supporting actors and actresses. And children get to find their place in His big story. Parents get to find their parts.

When God gives us a part in His story, He redeems us. And then as we play our part, we participate in the redemption of others.

It’s a Call to Lifelong Discipleship

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When we create a ministry value around God’s grand redemptive narrative and we help kids and parents find their place in His big story, we’re also calling them to a life of discipleship to discover their part in His story and then to play it obediently in the power of the Holy Spirit.

So, this idea of God’s grand redemptive narrative is important not only for their own personal discipleship but also as being part of the big faith community. As we travel through God’s grand redemptive narrative throughout Scripture, we see that time after time after time that God is not looking for perfect people to play a part.

He is looking for people who have willing hearts. And as they play their parts, He redeems them, and He showers His grace upon them. And this is the same grace that we need to live in proximity with one another in the faith community but as well as in our families.

Chronological Teaching Helps Kids

So even teaching Scripture chronologically helps kids and their families identify with the storyline that’s being told. Because if you think about it, the way that we traditionally have taught children’s ministry curriculum is through isolated stories.

And then we somehow hope that they fit them all together and understand why, all of a sudden, the plot line is happening in Persia with Esther or why there are captives in Babylon.

If we understand the story in its entirety, then we can understand the redemption that’s at the heart of that and the God Who is at the center of it all.

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Based on lessons from Tru Ministry, Tru at Home gives families the resources to connect, investigate Scripture together, worship together, bless one another, and have activity time—all while discovering the attributes of God.
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8 At-Home Lessons for Families

Based on lessons from Tru Ministry, Tru at Home gives families the resources to connect, investigate Scripture together, worship together, bless one another, and have activity time—all while discovering the attributes of God.
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8 At-Home Lessons for Families

Based on lessons from Tru Ministry, Tru at Home gives families the resources to connect, investigate Scripture together, worship together, bless one another, and have activity time—all while discovering the attributes of God.
Free Lessons
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  Updated on April 21, 2021

About the Author

  • Dr. Michelle Anthony is the Pastor of Children and Parents at New Life Church. She is the author of Spiritual Parenting, The Big God Story, Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family, and 7 Family Ministry Essentials. Michelle has over 25 years of church ministry and leadership experience in children’s and family ministries and graduate degrees in Christian Education, Bible and Theology from Talbot School of Theology and Southern Seminary. In her free time, Michelle enjoys being with her family, reading a good book, and being at the beach while drinking a strong cup of coffee.

  • Your Ministry Spark Team is made of ministry volunteers, leaders, and experts who work with David C Cook. We’re passionate about helping others know, love, and follow Jesus. And, we have a big heart for those who serve the kingdom—that’s you. Together, we can do this!

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