Are We Clear Enough for a Third Grader?

2014 RIghtNow Conference

In this 36-minute session from the 2014 RightNow Conference, Phil Vischer shares how to find the balance between the needlessly simplistic and hopelessly complex in our teaching—for the benefit of the whole family. Phil speaks at churches and events across the country and is creator of Veggie Tales and What's in the Bible?

How would YOU explain the gospel to a third grader?
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What would you change if you were sharing that gospel with an adult? What would you keep the same? Why?
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Think about the first time you responded to the gospel. What captured your imagination? Do you present the gospel in a way that tries to capture the imagination of your audience, whether you are speaking to a third grader or their parents?
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Mark 1:14-15 (ESV)

Jesus Begins His Ministry

14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Phil talked about the weaknesses of a sin-centered gospel. How does a sin-centered gospel message differ from a Christ-centered gospel message?
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There is incredible value to repetition when teaching—whether our audience consists of children our adults. How do you use repetition in your preaching and teaching?
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If you minister in a highly liturgical context, repetition of important truths is built-in to your worship service. How can you, if you're not in a liturgical church, establish rhythms of repetition that help important truths sink in?
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You may minister directly to third graders on a regular basis, but even if you don't, it's important that you prepare like you are. As a minister of the gospel, you've got to be clear. The message you are delivering is too important not to be.

Phil Vischer is the Creator of the kids series What's in the Bible? You can check out this incredible resource in your RightNow Media Kids Library.

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