On another very important note: this lesson will teach our students that the Old Testament and the New Testament work together in presenting God’s plan of salvation, and not against each other. In recent years, there has been a rise in the evangelical community of Christians believing that the Old Testament is not beneficial for Christians to read and know. Allow me to be clear: that is simply a lie. In fact, nobody would be a Christian without the Old Testament – because the only validity that the New Testament has in fulfilling all the promises of the Old Testament!
I say this to communicate this challenge to all of our parents: not only should we be encouraging our children and students to read their Bibles, but we also need to encourage them to read the Old Testament. The Old Testament is God’s holy and inspired word that is for the benefit and growth of every member of His covenant community. Please join me in encouraging our students to not only read their Bibles, but to specifically read through the first part of scripture as well.
If you’re interested in pointing your student in this direction, a great place for them to start would be Genesis or Psalms. If not there, I would recommend the Proverbs. Either way and for any book, please help us teach our students about the extreme value and importance of the Old Testament in their lives!