Teaching Tip of the Week

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Many children are afraid. Afraid of dying, afraid of bullies and, more and more, afraid of their parents getting a divorce. And although you may not be able to do anything about the situations that make children afraid, your teaching can help the children cope with these situations.

Teach the children to not focus inward on the fear or outward on the situation, but rather upward towards Christ. An excellent passage to teach on is Peter walking on the water. (Matthew 14:22-33) He was doing fine as long as he looked to Christ, but when he noticed that there was a storm, he began to sink.

Teach the children God’s promises never to leave them. Hebrews 13:5 is a great verse for them to memorize.

Teach the children that God is in control. He will not allow anything to happen to those who believe in Him that He does not want to happen and that He cannot bring something good out of. This is a hard thing for us adults to grasp, but the children often have an easier time trusting God in this than you or me. Another great verse for them to memorize is Psalm 56:3, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.”

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