Purpose and Principles

The Question

Suppose you are meeting with your Sabbath school council, church board, or conference committee. The next item on the agenda is this: "What can we do about the young people who are leaving the church? What is the best method of saving our children?"

What would you suggest? Host more music programs? Start a church sports team? Plan regular Saturday evening socials? Add more attention-getting entertainment to the Sabbath school classes?

Finding the Answer

Before implementing any method, it is wise and right for Christians to find out what God thinks. Satan has soul-winning methods, too; and he would like for God's people to use them and think they are really working for God. Christians need much heavenly wisdom, that they will use only those methods that God approves.

God does not leave us to wonder what is the best method of saving our children. "The most successful method of securing their salvation and of keeping them out of the way of temptation is to instruct them constantly in the word of God" (Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students p. 159).

Jesus' Example

That "the Scriptures of the Old Testament were His constant study" (Desire of Ages p. 84) was obvious by the time Jesus was twelve. At the temple, His thorough knowlege of God's Word amazed the religious teachers. "All who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers" (Luke 2:47).

As David said, "I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation" (Psalm 119:99).

Children Today

"His intimate acquaintance with the Scriptures shows how diligently His early years were given to the study of God's word.... Every child may gain knowledge as Jesus did" (Desire of Ages p. 70).

Every child who follows Jesus' example today may have an experience like His. Jesus showed what God will do for children who diligently study God's Word and His creation, and commune with Him in prayer.

Think about the junior-aged children you know. What would have happened if they had been with the religious leaders in the temple that day? Are they able to answer even the most basic questions about Bible history and doctrines? Do they understand the plan of salvation and their part in the great controversy?

A Sacred Duty

Parents, teachers, and pastors—How will children know God's Word if they are not taught? What are you doing to save the children God has entrusted to your care? Are you constantly instructing them in the Word of God, helping them be converted and obtain a personal knowledge of God and the Bible? Or are other things taking the place of God's Word?

"Parents ... are to teach their children to love God and to obey His law. This is the greatest and most important work that fathers and mothers can do.... It is God's design that even the children and youth shall understand intelligently what God requires, that they may distinguish between righteousness and sin, between obedience and disobedience" (Child Guidance pp. 80, 81).

About These Materials

The Bible lessons on this website are designed to capture the interest of children and their parents, helping them understand the "big picture" of the great controversy. Each series (except youth) progresses through the Bible stories in sequential order, laying the crucial foundation of understanding the origin of sin and God's great plan of salvation.

The Bible is the focus. It is always read as part of the daily lesson study. Children learn how to study the Bible and have their own personal devotions, and parents learn how to have family worship. Every story is made practical and appeals to the child to live by God's principles.

Many materials that coordinate with the Bible lessons are also included on this website.

To impress on children's minds the fact that the sacred stories of the Bible are true, all materials are beautifully illustrated with realistic artwork and photography.

Our Prayer

Our prayer is that the materials on this website will assist you in being faithful to your God-given responsibility, and that all who use them will experience the life-changing power of God's Word.

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