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Who’s afraid of prophecy?

Church member pens resource for kids' classes

It wasn’t until I was an adult that I began to understand the prophesies of the Old Testament and their importance to our faith.

Sandi Smith | What we’re reading

Then I had the privilege to assist Sarah Fallis in her children’s Bible class a few years ago. The retired professor of mathematics and member of the Bridgewood Church of Christ in Fort Worth, Texas, astounded me with the level of understanding she was able to impart to children in third and fourth grade. She showed them the shadow of Jesus in Old Testament prophecy. She effectively taught kids ages 9 and 10 the significance of words like “fulfill,” “kingdom” and “remnant” and how they were related to the church.

Fallis shares that wisdom in The Drama of Redemption, Volume 2: Walking with Jesus Through The Prophets.” In this resource book for teachers, Fallis tears down the daunting wall we see when we consider the 30 percent of the Bible dedicated to prophecy. She understands our trepidation about teaching this material to kids, reviewing the objections (“children can’t understand or relate to those teachings”) and disproving them.

Sarah Fallis. The Drama of Redemption, Volume 2: Walking with Jesus Through The Prophets. Cleburne, Texas: Hopkins Publishing, 2016. 338 pages.

As children of God, she writes, we need to know the very nature of God. We need a clear picture of punishment and promise. Fallis not only teaches us how to teach, she also includes charts, exercises and artwork to reproduce and use. There is no guesswork or long hours of searching for the right illustration.

We, the church, need to be teaching the full Bible to our children. We cannot leave gaps in their spiritual education just because we believe a portion of God’s Word to be difficult or intimidating.

Read this book and grow.

Then teach.

SANDI SMITH worships with the Keller Church of Christ in Texas.

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