As part of the AiG conferences I speak at each year across the nation, we usually conduct special sessions for children and teens, which we call “school assemblies.” Each year, I am able to teach many thousands of kids the truth of God’s Word and equip them to defend the Christian faith. Here is a photograph of some of the hundreds of children I taught at school assemblies in the Chicago area this past Monday (at Quentin Road Bible Baptist Church, Lake Zurich).
As part of what I do to teach the children (kindergarten through grade 6), I teach them special sayings. I find that the kids (and parents) love this. Many children have come to me over the years to recite these sayings to me. Such phrases help them remember what they were taught and the truth of God’s Word beginning in Genesis.
To help them remember that God created and that the design we see in life cries out, “In the beginning God,” I teach them this saying:
It’s designed to do what it does do,
And what it does do it does do well.
Doesn’t it, yes it does, I think it does.
Do you, I do, hope you do too, do you?
I use examples like the platypus, wombat, and kangaroo to talk about God’s design. Of course, my Australian bias comes through as I use creatures from Down Under!
To help them remember that most of the fossil record is from the Flood of Noah’s Day around 4,300 years ago (not the false idea of millions of years—which I teach them is fiction), I teach children this saying:
If there really was a worldwide Flood—what would we expect to find?
Billions of dead things
Buried in rock layers,
Laid down by water,
All over the earth.
Along with such sayings, I like to teach children how to think correctly, so they will know how to answer the secularists who are out to capture their minds and try to keep them from trusting in God’s Word for salvation. The secularists, of course, hate me for doing this. My favorite question to teach children to ask about origins is, “Were you there?” This is based on the question God asked Job in Job 38:4 (so, God’s Word is where I obtained this question). I teach students to remember that whenever anyone claims the earth is billions of years old, they can ask that question God asked Job: “Were you there?” It is really a way of teaching young children the difference between historical science (beliefs about the past) and observational science (direct observations that build our technology), but at their level.
I have met many people over the years who tell me they remember being taught to ask “Were you there?” when they were kids, and now they are married with their own children. And they now bring their children to our school assemblies to help teach the truth about dinosaurs, the universe, and many other key issues as recorded in God’s Word.
Here are some more photos taken of kids at the school assemblies in Chicago:
Dr. Andrew Snelling shared the platform with me during the school assembly for teens, as we spoke on the topic “Science Confirms the Bible.” Dr. Snelling, with a PhD in geology, talked about the evidences for Noah’s Flood seen around the world and the problems with the dating methods that give an old age for the earth.
Praise God for the thousands of kids we reach each year through Answers in Genesis, including at the Creation Museum.
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