Last night I had the great privilege of teaching in AWANA on “the fall” (the memory verse was Genesis 3:6). Here is a short video I played to introduce the topic:
3 minutes 52 seconds – worked perfectly for the 3rd – 6th graders to introduce this topic.
Then I went on to teach the material that was in their handbooks. At the end of the night, we had time for a Q&A session. When starting the Q&A, I forgot to mention that the topic was to be the Bible, or the faith, so one kid asked why snow is white 🙂 I didn’t answer him, but clarified that I wanted questions on the Bible or your faith. So, here are a few of the questions I got:
- Why are there so many different Bible translations? My answer to this 5th grade girl was that some people prefer a more readable translation, such as the NIV or NLT, where it sounds more like the English we speak today. Other people want a more literal, word for word translation from the original language (e.g. NASB, ESV), which can be harder to read, but more technically accurate.
- Why are there “books” of the Bible, why not just one big long book or why not just Genesis & Matthew? My answer to this 4th grade boy was that the books of the Bible are typically named either for their topic (e.g. Genesis, Exodus or Revelation) or for their author (e.g. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) or for the recipient of the writing (e.g. Romans, 1 Corinthians, Titus).
- Why is there an Old Testament and a New Testament? My answer to this 4th grade boy was that the Old Testament is the account of creation and of the history of nation of Israel, from which Jesus would come. The New Testament is basically the story of Jesus, when He came to Earth. The Old Testament is the Old Covenant and the New Testament is the New Covenant.
- (One of our verses from the night when talking about the fall was Romans 5:12 – “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned”) One kid asked why it says that sin entered the world through one man when Eve was the first one to sin by eating the fruit? I said to this 3rd grade boy that it is true that Eve was the first one to sin by eating the fruit, but in the same verse (Genesis 3:6), Adam sinned too, and our sin nature is passed down through the men (the fathers). So, Adam passed it down to his children, and those fathers to their children, all the way to us. That is one reason why Jesus did not have a sin nature, since he did not have an earthly father from which to inherit it. He was born of a virgin.
It was also Dessert with Dads night, so there were a few Dads hanging around as well. It was a great and fun night!