I Want to Know about the Church

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Overview

They're at that active age when they love to learn by seeing, doing, and exploring the world for themselves. And what better way to help kids ages 7-10 learn about God, the Bible, and Christian living than these fun, informative books? The I Want to Know series is full of fascinating facts, activities, and puzzles, and packed with full-color photos, cartoons, and graphics--all designed to engage quick and curious young minds with different aspects of the Christian faith.
Created along the lines of the popular DK Eyewitness series for children, these books guide kids into fun-filled adventures in faith and fascinating discoveries about being a Christian.
I Want to Know books do four great things for kids. They help them
1. experience a relationship with God
2. develop a curiosity about and hunger for the Bible
3. practice basic principles of Christian living
What's number four? How about, have an absolutely great time doing the first three--with all kinds of fun, creative ways for kids to interact with God's will for their lives!
These newest members of the I Want to Know series help kids learn who the Holy Spirit is and why church is important. Ask your rep about other books in this series.

Author Biography: Rick Osborne is a best-selling author and speaker. He has written or co-written more than forty books, including 2: 52 Soul Gear, the Kids' Quest Bible, The Legend of the Christmas Tree, and the NIrV First Reference Library. He lives in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada.
K. Christie Bowler is a writer for Lightwave Publishing. She co-produced the "I Want to Know Series" for ZonderKidz.

Introduces basic concepts about Christianity and the church. Includes suggestions for games and other activities to reinforce understanding.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310220947
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • Publication date: 1/12/2004
  • Series: I Want to Know Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.35 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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What Is Church?

Join the Club

Did you know you can be part of a "club" that includes people who lived almost 2000 years ago and people who haven't even been born yet? It's called the church and includes everyone who has ever believed or will believe in Jesus Christ. (These believers are called Christians.) Talk about a big club!

To find out more, we need to go to the book that tells us about the church, what it is, and how it should work. The Bible is the book God gave us so we could learn about him and his plans. It also tells the story of the people who started the first churches.

The Local Club

The Bible tells us that the church is made up of people. It has two parts: the whole church, made up of all Christians; and local groups of believers who meet together. Think about it like this: The world is full of billions of human beings. But we don't all live together. Some of us live in Toronto, some in New York. Others live in Paris or London. In the same way, it's impossible to get together with Christians who have died or haven't been born yet.

And it's impossible to get together with all the Christians alive right now. So we meet in smaller groups. We each belong to a local part of the enormous club made up of all Christians.

You probably think of church as the building you go to on Sunday. Not! The Bible never uses the word for church to mean a building! Church always means "groups of believers." People are the church. But we have to meet somewhere. Since we're the church wherever we are, people started calling the places we meet churches, too. No problem! Just remember that the church is the people!

All for One

The Bible gives us pictures to help us understand what the church is like. These pictures show that each Christian is an important part of the church. That means you. Yes, you! If you are a believer, "You also are like living stones. As you come to [Jesus] you are being built into a house for worship" (1 Peter 2: 5). "The whole building is held together by him. It rises to become a holy temple because it belongs to the Lord. And because you belong to him, you too are being built together. You are being made into a house where God lives through his Spirit" (Ephesians 2: 21-22).

What happens when you take a brick or two out of a wall? It gets weaker and might even fall down. Each brick is important. And each believer (that's you) is needed to make the whole church strong!

The Bible also says the church is like a body (1 Corinthians 12: 12-27) and each of us is a part. We know that every part of our bodies is important. Try to imagine life without a stomach, toes, or elbows! All of us, like all body parts, are needed for the church body to work properly.

Every brick in the building, every part of the body, every believer in the church is important.

Church Is God's Idea

It's Your Family

Okay, we're part of the church. Cool. But what does that mean? Whose idea was it? And why should we go? That's kind of like asking who thought up families and wondering why we should be part of one. Your family is made up of you, your parents, and your brothers and sisters. You're born into a family--that's just part of being human. And it's just the beginning.

God designed families so that, as we grow and learn, we can have great relationships with our brothers, sisters, and parents. It's not always easy, but it's worth it! We get to know them, and they get to know us. No matter what we do, they love us. Through disagreements, good times, and rough spots, we love them. These are life-long relationships! Families also support each other through all life's stuff. We're there for each other. We go to each other's concerts and games. We're proud of each other when we do well and encourage each other when we don't.

That's what God's idea for the church is. When we become Christians, we're born into the church family. Our church family loves and supports us as we grow as Christians and go through all the things life brings. Church, like family, should be a wonderful, encouraging, friendly place to be.

It's for Love

God is love, so everything he does comes from love. When he gave us the church, he did it out of love for us. He planned it all so that we would be loved, cared for, supported, trained, and encouraged. In fact, church is all about God's two greatest commandments: Love God with all of who you are; love each other as you love yourselves.

We can never out-love God. Loving him is the best thing we can do! When we love God, we get to know him and grow a relationship with him. That relationship becomes the greatest blessing in our lives because he's the greatest Friend. And as we love each other, we get to know others, and they get to know us. Those relationships become great blessings, too. So we have a God who loves us, knows us inside out, and takes care of us. And we have friends who love us, enjoy being with us, and cheer us on--just as we do for them.

Church is God's gift!

It's in the Bible

God made it pretty clear that church was his idea--just read the New Testament! (That's the part of the Bible about Jesus and his disciples, who became the first believers.) The church is a huge topic! Check this out:

• Jesus talked about his church before it even started (Matthew 16: 18)!

• Acts tells us about the Holy Spirit starting and organizing churches.

• The apostle Paul, an important leader, spent most of his time starting and helping churches.

• Most of the New Testament is letters to churches. They say how the church should work, tell how everyone has a part to play, and teach about church membership, discipline, and unity.

• James (Jesus' brother) tells us to call for church leaders if we're sick. He even talks about seating arrangements (James 5: 14-15; 2: 1-9)!

• Hebrews commands us to obey church leaders and keep meeting with other Christians (Hebrews 13: 17; 10: 25).

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Table of Contents

Contents
What Is Church?: Join the Club
The Local Club
All for One
Church Is God's Idea: It's Your Family
It's for Love
It's in the Bible
The Story of the Church: The Beginning
First Steps
Growth Spurt!
First Church Buildings
Church and Worship: Risky Worship!
The Circle of Worship
Ways We Worship
Church Is for Friends and Community: Community Center
Friends Like Us
Good Friends
Church Is for Teaching and Reaching Out: Training Coaches
Spreading the Love
Wise Advice
Understanding Your Church Service: The Basics
Why So Many Churches?: Mammals and Churches?
Horse or Elephant?
The Apostles' Creed
Church History: There Was One, Then There Were Two
Reform the Church!
Martin Luther
More Church History: More Protesters
A Method in His Madness
Newest Movements
Augustine
Interesting Church
Buildings: Talk About Old!
Talk About Variety!
Did You Know?
What Is a Cult?: Fake or Real?
"Christian" Cults
Talking to Cult Members
Get Involved!: Join Up!
Support Your Local Pastor
Grow Your Community
Ways to Get Involved
Any Questions?
Go to Grow!
It's for Us
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