Teaching everyone about the whole story of Scripture

Stephen Kuhrt writes: Just before Christmas each year at Christ Church, New Malden, we have a Children’s Carol Service which tries to combine something of a pantomime style with making important points about the nature of the Christmas story. Earlier this year, I wrote something similar for the first time about Easter, again asking adults as well as children to come and participate in biblical costumes. The popularity of these services prompted me to write another recently on the story of the Old Testament under the title of ‘God’s Big Plan’ which we used on Sunday 3rd July. The aim, once again, was to combine a large degree of fun with helping adults and children to grasp more of the biblical story and, in this case, the importance of the covenant theme for understanding the significance of Jesus Christ. This particularly involved trying to challenge the ‘moralistic’ approach to the Old Testament that can sometimes dominate the way in which its stories are taught to children and which adults can then struggle to ‘unlearn’. As with the other scripts that I have written, do feel free to use and adapt it for your church in any way that you wish.   

(Grange Hill music plays as Tucker Jenkins in school uniform enters)

Tucker:  Hello everyone! My name is Tucker … Tucker Jenkins! Some of you may remember me. As you can see, I’m a school kid and I’ve been told there’s something on this this church today. Something called ‘God’s Big Plan’. I doubt I’ll understand it, I’ve got to say, because when it comes all to this God stuff, I usually don’t get it at all! 

(Alan Hargreaves, also in school uniform, enters)

Alan: What don’t you get, Tucker?

Tucker: Wotcha Alan…yeah what I don’t get is all this God stuff 

Alan: So, don’t you believe in God then Tucker?

Tucker: Believe in God? Yeah… I guess I do. Stands to reason that someone had to make this world, don’t it, but…

Alan: But what?

Tucker: Well I guess, it’s more the Bible that I that don’t get …

Alan: How do you mean, Tucker?

Tucker: Well, right, we learn all these stories at church and Sunday school, right, about people and God, don’t we – Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, all that stuff right, but how does it all fit together?  

Alan: (being a bit slow) How do you mean, Tucker?

Tucker: Well what I mean is that it’s like having a hundred different jigsaw pieces but without a picture on the front of the box to show what it is making. Without that picture, how are we meant to know how the pieces go together… or even what picture we are trying to make with them all? 

Alan: I know what you mean Tucker. I guess (pausing to try and sound profound)… there are some things that we’re not meant to understand.

Tucker: Yeah, I guess so…

Alan: Hold on, who’s this? 

Mrs McCluskey, a rather prim and proper Head Teacher enters

Tucker: Oh no! It’s our Head Teacher, Mrs McCluskey… 

Mrs McCluskey: (in an authoritative voice) Things you’re not meant to understand? As a Head Teacher, I don’t like to hear that! The Bible, young men, is there to teach us – or perhaps more pertinently to teach you – how to be good! All of those characters like Noah, Abraham, Moses and David are there to be examples to us of good and sometimes (more severe), bad behaviour. And you boys are to follow the good in these characters when they show it andto avoid the bad when you see that. And now we shall sing our first hymn… 

Tucker: Flipping ’eck. We’re not in school assembly!

Mrs McCluskey: (harshly) Jenkins behave! And (more pleasantly) our hymn, which is all about Noah, is ‘Arky, Arky’. So let’s stand, everyone and sing… 

Song: Arky, Arky

Mrs McCluskey: Well sung everyone. Do sit down. Yes in that story we heard all about Noah. He was the man that God commanded to be build an Ark, wasn’t he? The people on the earth had become so wicked that God decided to wash them away. But he wanted to save Noah so he told him to build an Ark and make sure that his family was on it. Oh yes. And two of every animal. And then the rain came and caused a massive flood but thanks to God, Noah and his family and the animals were saved!  

Tucker:  Now there’s a story I don’t get. I mean it’s nice and everything with all of those animals piling onto that massive boat. But it’s pretty difficult to believe, ain’t it Alan, let alone to see what it has to do with us?

Alan: Well … (still sounding slow but suddenly inspired) maybe we’re not meant to take it literally but as a picture of what God was up to in his relationship with the world.

Mrs McCluskey: The point of the story, Hargreaves, is that Noah was a good man – ‘righteous’ I think the Bible describes him as – and therefore God rescued him. Other were wicked – and (in a severe voice) they therefore reaped what they sowed!  

Tucker: So the Bible’s all a blimmin morality lesson?

Mrs McCluskey: (crossly) Don’t be impertinent, Jenkins!

Noah enters

Noah: Hello everyone!

Tucker, Alan and Mrs McCluskey: Who are you?

Noah: I’m Noah. Do you mind if I say something?

Mrs McCluskey: Well it’s rather irregular having biblical characters appear in the middle of a church service but go on, if you must… 

Noah: Well I heard what you said and if you’re going to understand my story and where it fits in with the rest of the Bible, it’s really important that you understand more about God’s Big Plan. 

Mrs McCluskey: God’s Big Plan? What on earth do you mean?

Noah: Well if you read the earlier bits of the Bible you’ll see that God created a good world and human beings precisely so that they could take care of it. But those human beings then went badly wrong when they disobeyed God. And that messed the world up to the point where it had become a really bad place.

Tucker: And so he decided to destroy it?

Noah: Well yes and no. Yes God sent a flood to wash away all the things that were bad. But what happened with the Ark, my family and the animals was also the start of God’s Big Plan for putting the world right again and rescuing it. After we came out of the Ark, God gave us a promise and a sign that was an important part of his Big Plan.

Alan: And what was that?

Noah: The sign was the Rainbow – those amazing things that appear in the sky when there is sun and rain at the same time. God gave it as a sign of his promise that he would never flood the world again. After my family and the animals came out of the Ark, the world soon got really bad again. But from now on, God was going to have a different way of responding to this. 

Tucker: Ahh. So what you’re saying is that however bad the world got, God was going to rescue rather than destroy it through his ‘Big Plan’?

Noah: Yes and if you grown-ups want the technical name for God’s ‘Big Plan’, it’s his ‘Covenant’. The Latin for this is Testament which is why you talk about the Old Testament and the New Testament. But that’s enough from me. I think you’re expecting Abraham next…

Noah departs

Tucker: Right, so the story of Noah is a sort of picture that helps us to understand the start of God’s rescue plan for the world…

Alan: Yeah, and if it’s God’s Big Plan, I guess there’s a lot more that’s coming…

Mrs McCluskey: Umm, interesting. I must admit that I’ve never asked myself what ‘Testament’ means. Good for all of us, I suppose to be learning! But if Abraham’s going to be with us, I guess we’d better sing about him. Let’s stand everyone and sing ‘Father Abraham’. 

Song: Father Abraham 

Mrs McCluskey:  Well sung. Sit down everyone. 

Tucker: (looking around) Well no sign of Abraham yet.

Alan: No. (thoughtfully) So Tucker, do you understand that bit in the song about us being Abraham’s sons? And him being our father?

Tucker: Nah. Like a lot of stuff we do in church, I haven’t got a clue what that’s on about. And, as usual, no one has explained it either!

Mrs McCluskey:  Its saying, young men, that if we have faith in God then we are sons of Abraham because he was a perfect man of faith. God called Abraham to leave his land and go to the land that God had promised him and Abraham obeyed. He was obedient… just as the two of you should be!

Abraham appears

Abraham: Well it’s not quite as simple as that? 

Mrs McCluskey:  I beg your pardon? Are you Abraham?

Abraham:  Yes I am. And you’re right that God called me to believe his promises. A whole load of them. But I’m afraid I was a bit of mixture in terms of my faith and sometimes a pretty bad example.

Mrs McCluskey: Well then, I’m right that when you were a good example, Abraham, we are meant to copy you and when you were a bad example we are meant to avoid your mistakes!  

Abraham: Well no, not really.

Mrs McCluskey:  I beg your pardon!

Abraham: Well I guess you can take some moral lessons from my life but my story is mainly about God’s Big Plan. That’s where the bit about becoming my children comes in. 

Mrs McCluskey:  I’m not sure I follow.

Abraham: Well to understand my part in God’s Big Plan, you’ve got to understand what happened before my bit. After Noah, human beings did get worse again and in the end they thought so much of themselves that they tried to build a big tower up to heaven called the Tower of Babel. God wasn’t having that so he scattered them and gave them different languages.

Alan: Ah, so people disobeying God meant that we all became divided from one another?

Abraham: Yes. It’s another story that you don’t need to take literally to appreciate its truth about how human beings have messed up. 

Tucker: So is that why there is so many horrible things in this world like racism and countries going to war with each other? Because we’re always getting ‘ideas above our station’? 

Abraham: Yes, it’s all part of the picture the Bible paints of the world getting in a bigger and bigger mess. But God calling me was the next bit of his Big Plan for putting things right. He’d promised Noah that he’d never flood the earth again because he had a better plan. And that plan started with God telling me to leave the place where I was living and travel to the land he had promised me. God made two other promises to me as well. He said I’d had a massive family – greater than the grains of sand on the seashore and the stars in the sky. And crucially he said that through my family, all the nations of the world would be blessed.  

Alan: Wow, so God was going to make one big family as his way of helping all of the people in the world?    

Tucker: And that would be his way of sorting the world out?

Abraham: That’s right. They’d be a fair bit of mystery in that, though, as you will see. And my response, if I’m honest, was a bit of a mixture. Sometimes I showed great faith in God’s promises and sometimes I didn’t. The story is about God’s faithfulness not mine! But I’ve got to go now. Moses will be along soon and he’ll tell you more about what happened that family once it became really big and what happened next in God’s Big Plan. 

Abraham departs

Tucker: Do you know what, I think I’m starting to see how this all connects up. It’s all part of one big story, ain’t it Alan?

Alan: Yes Tucker, the story of God’s Big Plan! 

Mrs McCluskey: (thoughtfully) Yes it’s not without value. But if we’re going to meet Moses, we’d better sing about him. And since Abraham just told us about his family getting really big, I suppose we ought to have all of the children in church up here on the platform. So children, as we sing this song, do come up and join us. Let’s stand…  

Song: How did Moses cross the Red Sea?

Mrs McCluskey: Well sung everyone. I think Moses has arrived… 

Moses enters and stands amongst the children

Moses: Yes it’s time for my part in God’s Big Plan. After God made those promises to Abraham, lots of years past and Abraham’s children eventually became that big family that God had promised – the people of Israel. But they also ended up becoming slaves in Egypt and being really badly treated. And so God acted to rescue them. 

Alan: God rescued them? How did he do that Moses?

Moses: By taking them through the Red Sea. As in that song we’ve just sung. I wonder whether we can act this out. Children, in a minute you’re going to be the children of Israel and follow me through the Red Sea. Grown-ups, you are going to be the Red Sea so stand up, get your piece of the sea (hold bit of sea) and move around like this. Those of you sitting either side of the aisle can you step into the aisle and block it… for the moment at least! I think we also need some sea noises don’t we? Can you make the sound of waves crashing? That’s right – as loud as possible! Keep that up until I bring my staff down and then we’ll have quiet, the aisle is going to clear as I bring the children of Israel through the Red Sea. So ready loud everyone… louder… even louder…

(Moses divides the Red Sea [the congregation] with his staff leads the children through it and down to back of the church)

Mrs McCluskey: (once Moses and the children have reached the end of the church) Grown-ups, you’ve done very well and you can now sit down. But keep watching Moses…

Moses: (speaking from the back of church) Well Children of Israel, God has rescued us through the Red Sea and he now wants us to travel to the land that he promised to Abraham. But first here are the Ten Commandments that show us how God wants us to live and also to show that God is with us. (Moses collects the Ten Commandments and shows them to children getting two of them to carry them). 

Follow me to the Promised Land (as he lead the children of Israel down the side aisle and back to the front of the church) Oh people of Israel you’ve already started to disobey God! This is going to cause problems for God’s Big Plan! Here is some manna and some quail God’s sent us to eat! And here is some water from the rock God has sent us. Come on people of Israel – oh some of you are being so disobedient  

(Moses leads children back onto the platform)

Mrs McCluskey:  Well thank you children, you’ve done very well as the people of Israel. You can go back now and sit down.

(Children return to their places whilst Moses stays on the platform)

Tucker: Well that was all great fun but what was the point of it all?

Alan: Yes why is the story of Moses leading the people of Israel out of Egypt so important?

Moses: It’s important because the next stage of God’s big plan was to create a special people out of Abraham’s family who were meant to show the rest of the world what it looked like to live under God. That’s why God first rescued the people of Israel out of Egypt and that’s why he then gave them his law and his presence with them.

Tucker: Oh I get it! So he chose the people of Israel and gave them his law so all the other people in the world could see what following God looked like and eventually do it as well?

Moses: (slightly awkward) Well… that was certainly our calling. That’s why he told Israel they were to be ‘a kingdom of priests’  

Alan: How cool is that! And I guess that having been rescued by God and having his presence and his law, Israel did that really well!

Moses: (suddenly sad) Well no … I’m afraid not. We were dismal! 

Mrs McCluskey: (shocked) What on earth do you mean? Surely God’s special people lived up to their calling?

Moses: Nope! By and large, we were terrible, disobeying God and ending up becoming just as bad, if not worse, than all the other people in the world.

Tucker: But I don’t understand? If Israel were so terrible, what happened to God’s Big Plan?

Alan: Yes, if the people of Israel turned out to be so bad, how was God able keep all of those promises that he made to Abraham?

Moses: Sorry folks, that’s not my part of the story. I wasn’t able to go into the Promised Land with the people of Israel because I had disobeyed God as well. But yes, once they were there, the people of Israel were really, really terrible – just as bad if not worse than all of the other people in the world. And it looked for all the world like God’s Big Plan was going nowhere…

Moses departs 

Mrs McCluskey: (distraught and shaken) God’s special people, the people of Israel turning out to be just as bad if not worse than all of the other people in the world? Moses himself disobeying God? God’s Big Plan seeming to be going nowhere? How terrible! I’m shocked… shocked and disappointed! 

Tucker: Well don’t worry Miss, perhaps God had it in hand? He is God after all?

Alan: (trying to sound profound) Yeah, perhaps he was up to something mysterious … or something?

Mrs McCluskey: (still shaken) Well, I can’t see what. I think we’d better sing again. Since God’s People had turned out to be so bad, we’d better sing about God’s faithfulness … and hope that he was able to come up with something! Let’s stand everyone and sing ‘Faithful One’

Song:  Faithful One

Mrs McCluskey:  (still stressed) Well sung everyone. Sit down.

Tucker: You seem a bit stressed Miss?

Mrs McCluskey: Well I am. This story isn’t turning out the way that I thought that it would. At all! I mean Abraham and Moses turning out to be a real mixture of faith and unbelief… and then the people of Israel – God’s own people – turning out so badly after God had rescued them from Egypt and given them his law and his presence amongst them! This story is hardly full of good examples at all!

Alan: (thoughtfully) Well maybe it’s not meant to be?  

Mrs McCluskey:  Don’t be so silly! You heard Moses say that Israel were called to be ‘a kingdom of priests’ showing the world what it meant to live under God?  

Alan: Well yes but the story is all about ‘God’s Big Plan’, isn’t it? So perhaps Israel’s failure was something that God factored in and was all part of the way things were going to work out but… (suddenly less clear)… don’t ask me how.

(Ruth appears on the platform)

Ruth: Well perhaps I can help you here. My name is Ruth and God gave me a pretty important role in getting his plan back on track.

Mrs McCluskey: (taken aback) God gave you an important role in getting his plan back on track? But you’re just a young girl? Noah, Abraham, Moses – all the important people in the story so far have been men. So how could God possibly use you?

Ruth: (in a smiley voice) Well he did! And I’m a young woman please!

Mrs McCluskey: (looking for reassurance) Well, although you’re only a young woman, at least you were an Israelite.

Ruth: Nope! I was from Moab.

Tucker: (shocked) Moab – weren’t they fierce enemies of Israel whose people – the Moabites – did the most terrible things to the Israelites?

Ruth: Yep – for the most part! 

Alan: (incredulous) And yet God gave you, a Moabite woman, a key role in getting his plan back on track?

Ruth: Yep! Want to hear how?

Mrs McCluskey: (shaking her head) I think we’d better! 

Ruth: Well it was nothing special. A woman called Naomi moved from Israel to Moab with her husband and her sons because there wasn’t enough food in Israel. Once in Moab, her sons married me and another Moabite woman. But then Naomi’s husband and sons died … and well, I refused to abandon Naomi and made a commitment to stick with through thick and thin.

Mrs McCluskey: Well that’s all very commendable but what’s it got to with God … and his (shaking head in exasperation) Big Plan?

Ruth: Well I simply did what I thought what right but God was working through it all. He arranged for me to meet a member of Naomi’s family called Boaz and we married producing a son that meant that Naomi’s family line continued…

Mrs McCluskey: I still don’t see the relevance, young lady

Ruth: The relevance is that that son had a son and he had a son and that son was called King David 

Tucker: What David as in David who killed Goliath? He was your great-grandson?

Ruth: Sure was!

Alan: What David who was Israel’s greatest king came from a Moabite woman and her faithfulness to a member of Israel? 

Ruth: Sure did! God’s Big Plan is pretty amazing, isn’t it? See ya!

(Ruth departs)

Mrs McCluskey: This is all too much. I think I need to sit down. Abraham, Moses and the people of Israel turning out to be flawed! And God’s Big Plan being put back on track through a mere slip of a girl (correcting herself) I mean young woman … and (uncomfortably) a Moabite one at that. 

Tucker: Well I think it’s really cool. I like the idea that God uses people whom others think he shouldn’t!

Alan: Yes gives hope for people like us, don’t it Tucker? I’m getting quite into this God! 

Mrs McCluskey: (unsure) Well I suppose that’s something. And at least one way or another we’ve got to David. He was ‘the man after God’s own heart’, the perfect King and I guess we’ll hear in a moment how he sorted everything out. But first let’s stand and sing about David and the most famous thing he ever did when he fought Goliath…

Song: Only a boy named David

(During the song Alan mimes David using his sling to fire the stone and Tucker mimes being Goliath getting hit by the stone and falling over) 

Mrs McCluskey: Well sung everyone. Please sit down… (proudly) Well it’s really the most tremendous honour now to welcome King David – the one that we’ve just sung about who killed Israel’s enemy Goliath, the man ‘after God’s own heart’ who became Israel’s perfect king and a central part of God’s Big Plan… a big round of applause for King David!

King David enters to massive applause 

King David: Well thank you everyone, that’s very, very kind.

Mrs McCluskey: (becoming star struck and coy) Not at all. It’s not often we have a chance to welcome someone so wonderful. God of course raised you up to become King of Israel to get his people where they needed to be to fulfil his covenant plan. You defeated the Philistine giant Goliath, you established Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, you brought the Ark of the Covenant there to symbolise God’s presence … David you were a truly remarkable man of God and the perfect example to everyone here!

King David: (becoming uncomfortable) Well that’s not quite true…

Mrs McCluskey: I beg your pardon?

Alan: Don’t tell us that you … Israel’s greatest king … went off the rails as well?

King David: Well I’m afraid I did. 

Mrs McCluskey: (shaken again) Oh dear, I thinking I’m getting one of my heads… 

Tucker: (mischievously) So tell us what you did then David?

King David: Well it’s true that the Bible calls me ‘a man after God’s own heart’ and it’s true that I showed great faith in God when I fought Goliath and when I was being hunted down by King Saul. Many of the Psalms are associated with me as well. But…

Alan: But what?

King David: Well there are children present but not to put too fine a point on it, I was also pretty terrible once I was king of Israel – particularly in what I did to one of my most faithful followers – Uriah the Hittite and his wife Bathsheba. Basically I got her pregnant and when I couldn’t cover it up, I had her husband Uriah murdered. I did say sorry to God when my sin was exposed and I was forgiven. But God also made it clear that it would lead to loads of disaster for Israel … which it did. From that point everything went downhill again until Israel was taken away from the land God had given us and into exile… 

Mrs McCluskey: (very upset) Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Nothing can put this right…

King David: (embarrassed) I’m sorry. I’m not proud of myself either. But God had made me some pretty hefty promises about my family always reigning over Israel and I’m pretty sure he was committed to those promises however much I let him down…

(David departs)

Mrs McCluskey: (very despondent) I’m sorry but I just can’t take this anymore. What on earth is the point of the Bible if every one of its characters is so flawed and sinful? If even King David – the man after God’s own heart – could be so wicked and such a poor example to us and if Israel herself ended up in exile – how could God’s Big Plan for rescuing the world possibly succeed? 

Tucker: Don’t give up Miss … God must have known what he was doing

Alan: Yeah, cheer up Miss … perhaps as ’Amlet said there was a bit of method in all of this madness

Mrs McCluskey: (distraught and shaking her head) I don’t see how…

Isaiah enters

Isaiah: (jovially) Well, maybe I can help you?

Mrs McCluskey, Tucker and Alan: Who are you?

Isaiah: I’m the prophet Isaiah. I’m here on behalf of all of the prophets who pointed to how God’s Big Plan was finally going to get sorted.  

Mrs McCluskey: (relieved) So there is a solution? God was somehow able to fulfil his Big Plan despite how dreadful most of his people were and them ending up in exile?

Isaiah: Yep. Not really despite how dreadful they were but through how dreadful they were. Those promises that God made to Noah, Abraham and especially David were all crucial. Like the other prophets, I particularly said a lot about God fulfilling those promises to David. But (trying to be modest) my rather special contribution was to talk about God sending a servant whose faithful suffering would somehow be the means of all God’s promises being fulfilled…

Tucker: A servant? Wasn’t that meant to be Israel?

Alan: (suddenly inspired and speaking with authority) Yes Tucker but given Israel’s failure, God sent a special Servant-King to do what Israel couldn’t. A Davidic Messiah who would deal with Israel’s sin and finally enable all the other nations to come into God’s one family just as God had promised Abraham. And… (triumphantly) that Servant-King, of course, turned out to be Jesus!

(Everyone, particularly Mrs McCluskey, stares at Alan, shocked at his insight)

Isaiah: Young man, that’s tremendous! I was slightly more opaque than that but I have to say that you’ve nailed it! Mrs McCluskey, you must be proud of your pupils…   

Mrs McCluskey: (convicted and quietly humble) Yes I am. 

Isaiah: (again jovially) Well, why don’t we all stand and sing ‘The Servant King’ to seal the deal! It does put what I tried to say rather well!

Song: The Servant King  

Isaiah: Well sung everyone. Do sit down… 

Tucker: So the answer to how God’s Big Plan fits together is Jesus the Servant King? He’s the picture on the front of the box that all the jigsaw pieces go together to make?

Isaiah: Yes young man, that’s not a bad way of putting it.

Alan: I could do with a reminder of how the other jigsaw pieces make up that picture though… 

Isaiah: Well let’s gets our five covenant characters back and ask them. Noah, Abraham, Moses, Ruth and David, come on down and tell us how your bit in God’s Big Plan led to Jesus…

(Noah, Abraham, Moses, Ruth and David all come onto the platform)

Isaiah: Thanks for coming back. Just one or two sentences, please, on how your part in God’s Big Plan led up to Jesus… 

Noah: (stepping forward) Well God’s promise that he would never flood the earth again showed that from this point on, God’s Big Plan for the world was going to be one of rescue … with the biggest rescue of all being the one that would happen through Jesus!

Abraham: (stepping forward) And God’s promises to me about giving me a special people in special land as the vital step towards blessing all the people of the world pointed to how God’s Big Plan was always about making one, worldwide family marked out by their faith in Jesus!

Moses: (stepping forward) God’s rescue of the Israelites from Egypt though me also points to the bigger rescue that Jesus would one day bring. Rather than making Israel into better people, the law that God gave to us actually drew out that sin and made it worse … but all as a vital part of God’s Big Plan so Jesus though his death could one day deal with that sin and take it away!  

Ruth: (stepping forward) And as God’s People went from bad to worse, God’s faithfulness continuing through someone like me was a reminder that God’s Big Plan was always about bring the rest of the people of the world into his family through Jesus 

David: (stepping forward) And the promises that God made to me showed that God’s Big Plan was always centred upon sending a special King, much greater than me, who would win a mighty victory over sin and restore God’s presence amongst his people. 

Isaiah: (stepping forward) And me and the other prophets? Well we spoke about how God’s Big Plan would finally come together and put everything right through the special King that God would send in Jesus – with me, in particular, emphasising the mysterious role that the servant’s suffering and death would somehow play in the fulfilment of all of those amazing promises that God had made and his Big Plan of rescuing the world and drawing its people into one, single family belonging to him.

Mrs McCluskey: (suddenly and joyfully inspired) Do you know what everyone? I’ve finally got it! How could I have missed it before? The Bible isn’t about giving us a set of good examples to copy and bad examples to avoid! Not primarily, anyway. It’s all about God’s faithfulness to his covenant promises – God’s righteousness – and his amazing and sometimes deeply mysterious plan for putting the world right through Jesus the Messiah! It’s amazing how I’ve been reading these stories for years and somehow missed how this golden thread has been holding the whole story of the Bible together! 

Tucker: Don’t worry Miss. It’s good to know that grown-ups sometimes struggle to get things – just like us kids!  

Alan: And that God wants us to be one big family joined together through Jesus and learning about him together!

Mrs McCluskey: I couldn’t agree more boys! And let’s finish our service today with one last song – one that’s all about God’s Big Plan! Do stand everyone and let’s sing our hearts out as we praise God!

Song: All Through History 

Final Prayer 

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5 thoughts on “Teaching everyone about the whole story of Scripture”

  1. Dialogue is one way to do it. I have evangelistic summaries of the Bible in 8000 words (OT 4250 words, NT 3750 words), in 850 words and 137 words. The shortest of these is as follows:

    There is one God who made everything, including the human race, so he has rights over us. He made us clean, but we fell into sin. He tells us to search out and be sorry for our sins, which are shown up by the righteous laws He gave to Israel. Out of love He sent his only son, one in divinity with him, as a man like us but sinless, Jesus Christ of Israel. All who believe in him are forgiven through his self-sacrifice; are helped not to sin by his Holy Spirit; and live forever after Christ returns to give judgement against sin and put the world right. Christ came back to life after being put to death as a sacrifice for sin, and many who saw him dead then alive have died for their witness.

  2. Wow! Excellent.

    One minor criticism or point to ponder. At the flood – a major act of divine brutality I think a sentence that really stressed the badness of humanity might help’. I think kids are up to grasping this – probably more than adults. A minor quibble.

  3. Rejoice, everyone.
    God is the big rescuer so that we can destroy this beautiful planet and be forgiven.
    No accounting for consequences. No call to change our ways. (Jesus said, “Repent.”)
    An innocent man was tortured to death so that we can get to heaven. (The gospel of Paul)
    Bizarre! Insane! Immoral!

    • A caricature barely worth noticing. If you want to attack the faith attack it for what it is not for a parody of what it is.


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