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Kids Entering the Presence of God Part 13 – Featured Children’s Church Curriculum

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This Children’s Church curriculum teaches children how to enter the presence of God using the tabernacle of Moses as a pattern. It covers many of the things blogged about in this series.

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Kids Entering the Presence of God

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Kids Entering the Presence of God Part 10 – The Glory of God


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As we step into the Holy of Holies, we see the Ark of the Covenant. In the Old Testament, the Ark of the Covenant always represented the glory of God.

The Ark was four feet high, two feet long, and two feet wide and was made out of acacia wood. A gold molding was placed around it, and four gold rings were attached to it. Two gold poles went through the rings. The ark was carried by the poles since anyone who touched the ark would die.

The lid of the ark was called the mercy seat. This is where the blood sacrifice for the people was placed. Attached to the lid, hovering over the mercy seat, were two gold cherubim worshipping God with gold wings that touched.

The ark reminded the people of the glory and presence of God. But God’s presence and glory were never contained in a box. Psalm 72:19 says “Let the whole earth be filled with His glory.

There are many ways to help children understand the glory of God. Here are a few.

The Blanket: The word, glory, means the heaviness of God. One way to illustrate this is with a heavy blanket. Talk about how when you were a child, being wrapped in a heavy blanket would make you feel warm and safe. Being wrapped in the glory of God also makes us feel safe.

Draw Near to God: James 4:8 tells us to draw near to God for comfort. One way to illustrate this is with a bungee cord. Every time something bad happens, God wants to pull us close to Him to comfort us. We can resist the by pulling on the cord, but God is always drawing us to Him if we will allow Him to.

Pillar of Fire and Cloud: When the Israelites walked through the desert, God directed them with His glory. At night, He would appear as a pillar of fire that lit up the sky. In the daytime, God would appear as a cloud. He did this so He could guide them. As long as they followed Him, they would never be lost, and they would always be in the presence of God.

Mt. Sinai: Moses met with God on Mt. Sinai. God showed His presence through a cloud that covered the mountain. It was there that God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. But Moses wanted more and prayed “Show me your glory.” God answered that prayer and allowed Moses to see a part of His glory. He showed Moses His back. Today God wants to show children His glory. As they draw near to Him, He will draw near to them.

Kids Entering the Presence of God Part 9 – The Veil

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Hebrews 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Now we come to the entrance to the Holy of Holies where God’s presence dwells. In the tabernacle of Moses, a veil stood at the entrance. Nobody dared to go past this veil except the high priest. He only entered once a year to offer a sacrifice for the sins of the people, and he had to prepare himself to do that.

But today, we can boldly go into God’s presence. When Jesus died on the cross, the veil was ripped in two showing that His sacrifice was accepted once and for all.

There are still many ‘veils’ that can keep children from entering into God’s presence. Here are three.

Kids who don’t know God can’t enter into His presence. That’s why it’s so important to introduce children to God at an early age.

John 9:31  Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. 

Kids who are embarrassed because their friends might make fun of them or because they might look foolish have a hard time entering the presence of God. This is why it’s important to teach children to be bold in their faith.

Luke 9:26  For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.

Some kids won’t enter God’s presence because of stubbornness or pride.

Isaiah 66:2  But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.

It’s important to teach children that whatever hinders them from God’s presence, whatever veil is blocking their way, must be ripped in two. A great way to teach them this is to have a piece of cloth that’s easy to rip. Make a small cut to get it started. Have each child who wants to enter God’s presence rip the cloth in two.

Unfortunately there’s something else that hinders children from entering God’s presence – well meaning adults. Some adults will stop children from worshiping God because they might worship in a boisterous way or because they think the children don’t understand what they’re doing.

There are two Bible stories that address people who try to hinder worship.

The first is found in 2 Samuel 6. David came into the city with the Ark of the Covenant, the symbol of God’s presence, dancing and singing. Michael was embarrassed by David’s behavior and told him so. David told her he would not let her stop him but would look even more foolish in his worship. Michael was punished by God for hindering David and became barren.

The other story is found in Matthew 21:15-16. When Jesus entered the temple, children cried out to Him in praise. The religious leaders of the time told Jesus He should stop them. Jesus said, “From the lips of children and infants, God has ordained praise.” The word ordain in the Greek means to lead or to start.

God wants children to lead in praise and worship. We should lead them into doing this. It’s a dangerous thing to hinder the praise and worship of children.

Kids Entering the Presence of God Part 8 – The Golden Candlestick

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John 8:12  Later, Jesus talked to the people again. He said, “I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness. He will have the light that gives life.”

The next piece of furniture in the inner court is the golden candlestick that gives light to the priests just as Christ is the light of the world.

Fruit:

John 15:5  “I am the vine, and you are the branches. If a person remains in me and I remain in him, then he produces much fruit. But without me he can do nothing.

Galatians 5:22-23   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

The golden candlestick has nine cups made in the shape of almonds. These almonds represent the nine fruit of the Spirit. When children come into the presence of God, it’s important to teach them to stay attached to the vine, Jesus. If they do, they will display the nine fruit of the Spirit in their lives.

Oil:

Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  

These almond cups are filled with oil. Oil represents the anointing. The anointing is the ability God gives us to do what He has called us to do. The story of David and Goliath is a great way to illustrate the anointing to children. A boy can’t defeat a giant. It’s impossible. But God call David to defeat Goliath, and He gave him the ability to do so. God will always equip us with the anointing to do what He has called us to do.

Fire:

Luke 24:49  49 And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Fire represents the gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit. It also represents Pentecost.

Kids Entering the Presence of God Part 7 – The Table of Shewbread

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Your Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

Now we are entering the Holy Place or the Inner Court. The first piece of furniture here is the table of the showbread. This represents the Word of God. Entering the presence of God shouldn’t only be an emotional experience. Everything we do should come from God’s Word, and children’s church should revolve around God’s Word.

There are many ways to do this. The first is to teach children what God’s Word is. Jesus is the Word. But the Bible is also the Word of God because it has the words of God. When we teach the Bible, we not only tell children what God says, we reveal Jesus.

Memory Verses: Most children’s churches teach memory verses, but some only halfheartedly make this a part of their program because they don’t understand how important it is. Scripture teaches that if we learn God’s Word – hide it in our hearts – it will keep us from sin. Elevate learning memory verses to an important place in your children’s church. Give prizes, review verses, have contests. Do whatever you can to make sure your students are hiding the Word of God in their hearts.

Theme: Every service you conduct should have a theme, one nugget from the Word of God. Everything you do that week, object lessons, games, songs, stories, and skits, should relate to that theme. By the time your students go home, they should be able to quote what the theme was for that week.

Teach Children About the Bible: It always amazes me that children who were raised in church don’t know that Psalms is in the middle of the Bible. Teach you students about the Bible. Teach them the books of the Bible. Teach them where the Bible came from. Teach them the story of Josiah. and how when he had the priests read the scriptures, revival came to Israel.

Encourage Children to Have Devotions: As soon as children have mastered the art of reading, you should encourage them to have devotions. One way to do this is to make paper bookmarks on the computer each week with a scripture passage to read every day. On the bottom of the bookmark, have the memory verse for that week. Prizes and contests are a good incentive to help children get started in their devotional lives. You might also encourage children to get their own devotional books or if your ministry can afford it, buy devotionals for each child. This blog featured two good devotionals for children, one for girls and one for boys.

Word From God: Every service should conclude with a Word from God, a message you preach that illuminates something in God’s Word. That message can be short, and you can use a variety of methods to illustrate it, but remember to pray and seek God on what message He wants you to deliver. Don’t just read out of a curriculum manual or shortcut this. God wants to speak to His children through you.