Parent Feed (August 17, 2018)

Welcome to Parent Feed. Parent Feed is a collection of resources and information for parents and others concerned about kids and teenagers.

Could Spending Money on Experiences Save the World? [Podcast]

I don’t know about saving the world, but could spending money on experiences rather than stuff make your teen more content, more grateful, and more generous? This short podcast offers some of the latest neuroscience regarding spending money on experiences versus stuff.

Cutting Back on Screen Time. [Article]

What parents do in moderation, their kids will do in excess. If you didn’t know, kids and teens spend an inordinate amount of time in front of a screen. If that is news to you, please contact me because I have some shares of Myspace that I would like to sell you. Outside of laying a spiritual foundation for our kids, one of the best things we can do for them is to help them use technology wisely. This blog article shares a few good ideas for managing screen time for kids and teens.

Rinstagram vs. Finstagram. [Article]

Ever heard of Finstagram? If not, check our this article explaining a growing trend for teens.

Love Thy Neighbor. [Podcast]

I came across this podcast recently. I have listened to a few of their podcasts and really like what I have heard so far. The podcasts dive into issues facing Christians as they engage in the world.

How to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster. [Podcast]

So, I am not a prepper and do not plan on ever being a prepper. However, I came across this podcast on one of the podcasts I frequently listen to and found some of the information interesting. I’m sharing this as an outside-the-box resource.

5 Questions You Must Ask Your Kids. [Video]

Paul David Tripp examines how parents typically deal with discipline issues with their children and offers five questions parents should ask during the dicipline/correction process.

4 Things Daughters Need from Dads. [Article]

The title pretty much sums up this article. Spoiler Alert: The four things are time, talk, touch, and tenderness. Dads these four are super important.

What Kids are Really Watching on YouTube (and How Parents can Deal with It). [Article]

In this article, Dr. Heitner examines some of the common YouTube channels kids and teens are watching and suggests conversation starters centered around YouTube.

One Great Response to FOMO. [Article]

FOMO stands for “Fear of Missing Out.” If you are a parent of a teenager or even an older child, chances are your child has some level of FOMO. This is what drives them to stay on-line 24/7. They might miss something if they go off-line. One new antidote to FOMO is JOMO or the “Joy of Missing Out.” If your child is on-line, I would recommend you give him or her the JOMO challenge.

Parents and Pastors: Partners in Gen Z Discipleship. [Article]

Some recent research on the church-family partnership in discipling kids and teens. Parents I would be interested in your thoughts on some of the statistics and especially the topics parents feel unprepared to discuss with their kids. How can the church help prepare parents to discuss these issues?

Parents Want to Pass on Faith, But Few Talk About It. [Article]

Some interesting statistics on parents and faith conversations with their kids.

 

Kindle eBooks Deals

Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories by C.S. Lewis ($1.99)

Can I Know God’s Will? by R.C. Sproul (Free)

 

Disclaimer: While I believe each resource can be helpful, I do not necessarily agree with every view expressed by the authors or publishing organizations. I encourage a careful, critical, and biblical examination of each source and the views represented therein.

NCC 33 – Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else?

Question

Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else?

Full Answer

No, they should not, as everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ. To seek salvation through good works is a denial that Christ is the only Redeemer and Savior.

Short Answer

No, everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ.

Primary Scripture

Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. (Galatians 2:16)

Additional Scripture

  • Romans 3:24. And are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
  • Ephesians 2:8-9. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
  • 2 Timothy 1:12. Which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.
  • Jude 24. Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy.

Resources:Catechism Anchor

Memorization Ideas

  • Puzzle. Write the question and answer on a piece of cardstock paper. Cut the paper into puzzle shapes. Cut whole words together or cut in the middle of words. Instruct the child to put the puzzle together.
  • Scrambled Words. Select key words and type the question and answer with blanks for the key words. Scramble the letters for each of the key words and place the scrambled letters under the blanks. (i.e. For God so _________ (EDLVO) the ________ (DWROL)…)
  • Erase Words. Write the question and answer on a white board. Each day erase a few words so that they have to remember the erased words when reciting.
  • Gotcha. After your child works on memorizing the question and answer, play a game of Gotcha. Recite the question and answer with mistakes and their job is find the mistakes and call out “Gotcha” at each mistake. They must know the answer to get the point.
  • Legos. Write out the question and answer on a piece of paper and then cut each word apart. Tape each word to a lego and have your child put the legos together to form the question and answer.

Teaching Ideas:

  • Read Scripture. Read one or two Scripture passages each day.
  • Create a Flashcard. Write the question on one side of an index card and the answer on the other. Also write the Scripture reference on one side of another index card and the Scripture on the other side. Use these as flash cards throughout the week.
  • Create a Poster. Explain to your children that the catechism question and answer this week is like a math problem: Jesus + Anything = Nothing. Explain that Jesus did all of the work of salvation on the cross and so we can’t add anything to His salvation. Help your child decorate a poster with Jesus + Anything = Nothing.
  • Read the Commentary. Available on the NCC website or App.
  • Listen to a Song. Listen or read the lyrics to Not in Me.

Discussion Questions

  • Does this mean that we do not have to obey God’s commands in the Bible? Why?
  • Why do you think so many people are tempted to find their salvation in their works? Why is this impossible?

 

All Scriptures: The Holy Bible : English Standard Version. 2001.
Standard Bible Society: Wheaton.

NCC 32 – What do justification and sanctification mean?

Question

What do justification and sanctification mean?

Full Answer

Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ’s death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit’s work in us.

Short Answer

Justification means our declared righteousness before God. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness.

Primary Scripture

To those who are elect exiles…according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. (1 Peter 1:1-2).

Additional Scripture

  • Justification
    • Romans 3:24. And are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
    • Romans 5:18-19. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
    • Ephesians 1:7. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.
    • Galatians 2:16. Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
    • See also 2 Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 3:9, and Titus 3:5, 7.
  • Sanctification
    • Romans 6:11. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
    • 2 Corinthians 5:17. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
    • Ephesians 4:23-24. And to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
    • 2 Thessalonians 2:13. But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first-fruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
    • See also Ezekiel 36:27, Romans 6:4-6, 1 Corinthians 6:11, 2 Corinthians 7:1, Ephesians 1:4, Ephesians 3:16-19, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, and 1 Peter 2:24.

Resources:Catechism Anchor

Teaching Ideas:

  • Read Scripture. Read one or two Scripture passages each day.
  • Create a Flashcard. Write the question on one side of an index card and the answer on the other. Also write the Scripture reference on one side of another index card and the Scripture on the other side. Use these as flash cards throughout the week.
  • Memorize the Question and Answer. Write the question and answer on a whiteboard or piece of paper. Each day erase three or four words and put blanks in their place. Read the question and answer replacing the blanks with the correct missing words.
  • Read the Commentary. Available on the NCC website or App.
  • Match Game. Download the New City Catechism Resource Book from http://www.newcitycatechism.com/resourcebook. Print the Justification or Sanctification worksheet on page 50. Work with your child to identify if each word relates to justification, sanctification, or both.
  • Listen to a Song. Listen or read the lyrics to Before the Throne of God Above.

Discussion Questions

  • What is the difference between justification and sanctification?
  • How do I know if I have been justified?
  • How can I tell if I am being sanctified?
  • What are some ways you need to be more like Jesus? Pray and ask God to help you become more like Jesus.

 

All Scriptures: The Holy Bible : English Standard Version. 2001.
Standard Bible Society: Wheaton.

NCC 31 – What Do We Believe By True Faith?

Question

What do we believe by true faith?

Full Answer

Everything taught to us in the gospel. The Apostles’ Creed expresses what we believe in these words: We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy [universal] church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Short Answer

We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy [universal] church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Primary Scripture

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. (Jude 3)

 

Commentary

Creeds have been used throughout Christian and Baptist history to identify core beliefs and unify believers. The Apostles Creed was created to identify the essential beliefs of the Christian faith (i.e. what all Christians should believe). While the creed is called the Apostles Creed, it was not written by the Apostles; in fact, the creed was not written until the third century. Rather, the creed was meant to be a faithful summary of the apostles’ teachings from Scripture. The creed developed over a period of five hundred years, from the mid-third century to the mid-eighth century. The creed consists of three sections: God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But while there is Trinitarian teaching, the creed is more gospel than Trinity. In the creed we find God the creator, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and salvation leading to eternal life. The one noticeable omission is the response of man. The creed, though, is focused on God’s activity in salvation through the Trinity, so it is not surprising that there is no mention of man. As such, the Apostles Creed serves as a basic summary of the gospel. The creed is not only saturated with the gospel, but it is also saturated with Scripture, taking many phrases directly from the Bible. Therefore, believers should not shy away from the use of the Apostles Creed, but rather confess it joyfully alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ from the last two thousand years.

Resources:Catechism Anchor

Teaching Ideas:

  • Read Scripture. Read one or two Scripture passages each day.
  • Create a Flashcard. Write the question on one side of an index card and the answer on the other. Also write the Scripture reference on one side of another index card and the Scripture on the other side. Use these as flash cards throughout the week.
  • Memorize the Question and Answer. Write the question and answer on a whiteboard or piece of paper. Each day erase three or four words and put blanks in their place. Read the question and answer replacing the blanks with the correct missing words.
  • Read the Commentary. Available on the NCC website or App.
  • Scripture Study & Match Game. Download the New City Catechism Resource Book from www.newcitycatechism.com/resourcebook. Print the Creed Matchup on page 48. Cut out the cards. Read the creed statements and Bible verses and then play a match game.
  • Listen to a Song. Listen or read the lyrics to We Believe by the Newsboys.

Discussion Questions

  • Which is a higher authority, the Apostles Creed of the Bible? Why?
  • What does the Apostles Creed teach us about God?
  • What is the gospel? How do we see the gospel in the Apostles Creed?

 

All Scriptures: The Holy Bible : English Standard Version. 2001.
Standard Bible Society: Wheaton.

NCC 30 – What is Faith in Jesus Christ

Question

What is faith in Jesus Christ?

Full Answer

Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in his Word, trusting in him, and also receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel.

Short Answer

Receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel.

Primary Scripture

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

 

Additional Scripture References

  • John 1:12. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
  • John 17:3. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
  • Romans 1:17. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.
  • Romans 3:20-23. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
  • Romans 4:18-21. In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.
  • Romans 10:10. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
  • Galatians 2:15-16. We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
  • Philippians 3:9. And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.
  • Hebrews 4:16. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
  • Hebrews 10:39. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.
  • Hebrews 11:1-3. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

 

Resources:Catechism Anchor

 

Teaching Ideas:

  • Read Scripture. Read one or two Scripture passages each day.
  • Create a Flashcard. Write the question on one side of an index card and the answer on the other. Also write the Scripture reference on one side of another index card and the Scripture on the other side. Use these as flash cards throughout the week.
  • Memorize the Question and Answer. Write the question and answer on a whiteboard or piece of paper. Each day erase three or four words and put blanks in their place. Read the question and answer replacing the blanks with the correct missing words.
  • Read the Commentary. Available on the NCC website or App.
  • Memorize the Gospel. Memorize the Gospel outline and verses.
  • Listen to a Song. Listen or read the lyrics to My Faith Has Found a Resting Place.

 

Discussion Questions

  • How would you explain love or faith to someone?
  • Does putting your faith solely in Christ encourage or worry you? Why?
  • Why do people have a hard time putting their faith in Christ?

 

All Scriptures: The Holy Bible : English Standard Version. 2001.
Standard Bible Society: Wheaton.

NCC 29 – How can we be saved?

Question

How can we be saved?

Full Answer

Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of having disobeyed God and are still inclined to all evil, nevertheless, God, without any merit of our own but only by pure grace, imputes to us the perfect righteousness of Christ when we repent and believe in him.

Short Answer

Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross.

Primary Scripture

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

The Gospel

God Created Us For His Glory
God is the starting point for the gospel. He created everything and He created everything to glorify Himself. (Ephesians 1:3-14, Psalm 96, 1 Corinthians 10:31)

Our Sins Separate Us From God
While God created everything for His glory, man quickly rebelled against that glory through disobedience and sin. (Psalm 51:5, Romans 3:10-12)

Sins Cannot Be Removed By Good Works
Man’s rebellion and disobedience has earned him eternal punishment from God for which man is completely incapable of overcoming his sin on his own. (Romans 6:23a, Ephesians 2:8-9)

Paying the Price for Sin, Jesus Died and Rose Again
But, while man was helpless in his sin, Jesus Christ stepped out of heaven, came to earth living a sinless life, and took the punishment of death that belonged to man. (Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 15:4, 1 Peter 3:18)

Everyone Who Repents and Believes Will Be Saved
We receive Christ’s grace through repenting of our sins and believing in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone for our salvation. (Mark 1:15, Romans 10:9-10)

Life with Jesus Starts Now and Lasts Forever
When a person repents and believes they start a life of following Jesus and carries them into eternity. (Romans 6:23b, John 10:10b)

Additional Scripture References

  • Romans 3:22, 24-25. the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction…and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.
  • Romans 4:5-8. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”
  • 2 Corinthians 5:19. That is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
  • Galatians 2:16. Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
  • Philippians 3:9. And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.
  • Titus 3:5a, 7. He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy…so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
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Resources:Catechism Anchor

Teaching Ideas:

  • Read Scripture. Read one or two Scripture passages each day.
  • Create a Flashcard. Write the question on one side of an index card and the answer on the other. Also write the Scripture reference on one side of another index card and the Scripture on the other side. Use these as flash cards throughout the week.
  • Memorize the Question and Answer. Write the question and answer on a whiteboard or piece of paper. Each day erase three or four words and put blanks in their place. Read the question and answer replacing the blanks with the correct missing words.
  • Read the Commentary. Available on the NCC website or App.
  • Memorize the Gospel. Memorize the Gospel outline and verses.
  • Share Your Salvation Testimony.
  • Listen to a Song. Listen or read the lyrics to In Christ Alone.

Discussion Questions

  • What is the difference between grace and faith?
  • Why do we continue to sin if we have been saved?
  • If we are saved entirely by grace through faith, why should we preach repentance?

 

All Scriptures: The Holy Bible : English Standard Version. 2001.
Standard Bible Society: Wheaton.12

NCC 28 – What Happens After Death to Those Not United to Christ by Faith?

Question

What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith?

Full Answer

At the day of judgment they will receive the fearful but just sentence of condemnation pronounced against them. They will be cast out from the favorable presence of God, into hell, to be justly and grievously punished, forever.

Short Answer

They will be cast out from the presence of God, into hell, to be justly punished, forever.

Primary Scripture

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. . . . Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.(John 3:16-18, 36)

Commentary

Painful as the subject of hell is, it is one about which I dare not, cannot, must not be silent. Who would desire to speak of hell-fire if God had not spoken of it? When God has spoken of it so plainly, who can safely hold his peace? . . . I know that some do not believe there is any hell at all. They think it impossible there can be such a place. They call it inconsistent with the mercy of God. They say it is too awful an idea to be really true. The devil of course rejoices in the views of such people. They help his kingdom mightily. They are preaching up his old favourite doctrine, “ye shall not surely die.” . . . There is but one point to be settled, “what says the word of God.” Do you believe the Bible? Then depend upon it, hell is real and true. It is as true as heaven—as true as justification by faith—as true as the fact that Christ died upon the cross—as true as the Dead Sea. There is not a fact or doctrine which you may not lawfully doubt if you doubt hell. Disbelieve hell, and you unscrew, unsettle, and unpin everything in Scripture. You may as well throw your Bible aside at once. From “no hell” to “no God” there is but a series of steps. (Taken from New City Catechism commentary by J.C. Ryle, available at http://newcitycatechism.com/new-city-catechism/#28).

Additional Scripture References

  • Daniel 12:2. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
  • Matthew 25:31-46. When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
  • Luke 16:26. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’
  • John 5:28-29. Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
  • Romans 2:15-16. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:9. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.

Resources:Catechism Anchor

Teaching Ideas:

  • Read Scripture. Read one or two Scripture passages each day.
  • Create a Flashcard. Write the question on one side of an index card and the answer on the other. Also write the Scripture reference on one side of another index card and the Scripture on the other side. Use these as flash cards throughout the week.
  • Memorize the Question and Answer. Write the question and answer on a whiteboard or piece of paper. Each day erase three or four words and put blanks in their place. Read the question and answer replacing the blanks with the correct missing words.
  • Read the Commentary. Available on the NCC website or App.
  • Listen to a Song. Listen or read the lyrics to How Sweet and Aweful is the Place.

Discussion Questions

  • Why is it necessary for God to punish sin?
    Some people say that no humans will go to hell. How would you respond to someone who believes this?
    What does the Bible teach about hell?

 

All Scriptures: The Holy Bible : English Standard Version. 2001.
Standard Bible Society: Wheaton.12