Teaching Tips

My three-year-olds in Sunday School are studying about the wise men bringing gifts to the King of the whole world. They followed the star which moved along, leading them to the house Mary and Joseph and Jesus were living in–in Bethlehem. They brought gifts and they bowed before this baby because somehow they knew he was the “Promised One”—the Savior of the whole world. Somehow they knew they were welcomed to worship him–even though they were not Jews, not related to Abraham, David, or in the tribe of Judah.

Teaching Tip
Connect your lesson to the Catechism Questions you are teaching.

I use the Westminster Catechism with this class. How can you glorify God? By loving him and obeying what he commands.
We can worship God just like the wise men did. We can believe that Jesus is our Savior and King. Do you? We can bring gifts to him. We can give him our faith, our love, our obedience each day. Then we will know we trust in him and will be glad to see him when he comes again one day to make things right. Won’t that be a wonderful day?–even more fun than Christmas morning was.

See how your application of the lesson really explains the catechism question? Our love and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ exalts the character of God and makes him really look appealing and wonderful. And we are wiser for it. ( Not righteous, but wiser. It is only Jesus’s perfect life given for us that makes us righteous and able to commune with God.)

Always remember they are children, after all.
When pressed “Now do you believe Jesus is King of the whole world?” the three year old responded with a stare. When asked to pick out a gift to give Jesus (to symbolize faith, love, and obedience), one carefully picked up a plastic bottle from the play-kitchen and announced
with a glint in his eye, “I’m giving Jesus this bottle of beer!”

Keep your sense of humor!
Read it for yourself: Matthew 2

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before “retiring” to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies.

My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years.

Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, “Warm-hearted Calvinists.”

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