|Picture of a church drawn by my 9-yr old son|
My children regularly attended children's church. Regretfully, my husband and I did not take note of what was being taught in children's church. We trusted everything was fine because we trusted the leadership. It was shocking to me when I discovered after 2 years and two months that my children had been studying the same passage of scripture the entire time we were there.
My younger daughter was in junior high at the time and informed me that approximately 8 weeks was spent on the first two verses of Ephesians 1. Take a look at this passage. I'm trying to wrap my head around two months of teachings from these two verses alone. How much can be extrapolated from these two simple verses? How much needs to be extrapolated to elementary and junior high children?
Those children must have been bored to tears. And now come to think about it, we did hear of situations where children were having "discipline" issues. Is it any wonder? How can you have the same two verses being taught over and over and over again without being bored to tears? There was one study on Reformation, but the rest of the 2 years was Ephesians 1:1-17. By the time we left, they were studying Verse 17 of the same first chapter. That's 17 verses in 2 years and 2 months period of time. At that pace, let's see how much scripture they would have studied. Yes, I actually spent the time doing the math, adding 17 passages of scripture and years to figure this out to show how ridiculous it is.Ephesians 1:1-2 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eph 1:18 - 2:11 4 yrs 4 months
Eph 2:12 - 3:7 6 yrs 6 months
Eph 3:8 - 4:3 8 yrs 8 mo
Eph 4:4 - 4:20 10 yrs 10 mo
Eph 4:21 - 5:5 13 yrs
Eph 5:6 - 5:22 15 yrs 2 months
Eph 5:23 - 6:6 17 yrs 4 months
Eph 6:7 - 6:23 19 yrs 6 months
Oh - - and not surprising, some of our kids do not even have the book of Ephesians in their Bibles anymore. The Ephesians section was so worn, they fell out of the Bible. Interestingly, we've heard the same story from other parents.
Beaverton Grace Bible Church's mottos is this: "Our Motto is the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible!", I'm wondering really how much of the "whole" Bible is taught, because it certainly wasn't happening in children's church.
To that, I would like to ask: The "whole" Bible? Really? At what age will they be? 897 yrs? Alrighty then.
There will be more to come on this topic regarding regular Sunday services. Stay tuned.