What are some practical advantages that come with using the Question and Answer Method?
1. The Question and Answer Method encourages unity among God's people by helping children learn early to distinguish the essential beliefs of the Christian faith.
Many people want to know what constitutes truly "Christian" doctrine. What are the essential teachings of the Christian faith? Which truths are "worth fighting for"? We believe that Kids 4 Truth's curriculum can help promote unity among Christians by helping kids understand the fundamentals of the faith clearly and helping them discern errors in human teaching.
1 Corinthians 1:10 – Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
We believe that the clear and faithful teaching of the fundamentals of the faith will result in unity amongst believers.
2. The Question and Answer Method promotes a more immediate, yet deeper understanding of doctrine, as verses become inseparably linked in the children's minds as the appropriate answers to corresponding questions.
Questions and answers help children tie meaning to verses and make the mental connection between life's questions and the answers God has provided through His Word. A child's mind thinks in terms of questions and answers (remember all the jokes about how a pre-schooler's favorite word is "Why?"). If a child can begin to grasp what question(s) correspond to the verses they're memorizing, they will begin to learn what the Bible verses actually mean, not just learn the verses' exact words by heart. In many Christian children’s clubs, the boys and girls are required only to learn Bible verses. We think that rote memory is a good tool, but never a stand-alone approach to teaching kids doctrine. It is better to use Q&A to create immediate ties between those learned Bible verses and key questions that the verses were provided to answer. We want to help kids "connect the dots." The Q&A method helps kids associate Bible answers with the Bible verses from which they come. We can't guarantee that a child will apply his mind to associate a doctrine with the passage that teaches it, but we can encourage and aid children in formulating a better understanding of not only "what" the Bible says, but "why" the Bible says these things. Children begin to grasp the relevance and applicability of God’s Word to situations that come up in everyday life. As they commit the Q&A to memory right alongside actual Bible passages, the children will find it easier to draw lines between between everyday life questions and valid Bible answers.
Luke 2:52 – And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
3. The Question and Answer Method stimulates and motivates learning because most children, especially younger ones, love to answer questions.
Kids love to answer questions! Questions are a teacher’s most useful ally, because they open the door into precious young minds. The Q&A method engages children's imagination and keeps their attention. More effective than mere recitation of memorized content, Q&A encourages kids to use the thinking part of their brains, and gets them used to opening up their minds to truth and their hearts to the application of truth. Even Jesus' ministry seems to demonstrate the value of Q&A to activate the mind and stir the conscience when teaching truth!
Matthew 16:15 – He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
We all naturally think in Q&A, when it comes down to it. It is impossible to avoid internal questions. God has designed our minds to assent immediately to some type of answer for every direct question we’re asked. At Kids 4 Truth, we have tried to craft the curriculum Q&A carefully in order to be most meaningful for boys and girls – in other words, we want boys and girls to grasp the necessity of having the biblical answers for life's most important questions. We hope that the Kids 4 Truth questions will lead children to cherish personally God's truth – the only truth that can lead to abundant life.
4. The Question and Answer Method is a Safeguard Against Heresy
When we consider that virtually every cult in America began with an open Bible and a enigmatic leader who could ensure his or her followers that they alone have discovered what everyone else, especially the creeds, confessions and catechisms, have missed, we see perhaps the greatest value of the question and answer method (Ephesians 4:14-15).
The practice of indoctrination through the question and answer method serves as an important safeguard against heresy and helps to combat some of the problems associated with the private interpretation of Scripture. How many times have you been forced to sit through a Bible study in which the goal was not to discover what the text actually says, but instead to discover what a particular verse means to each of the studies' participants?
Infusing truth into the hearts and minds of children though the question and answer method provides a sure foundation to stand against heresy and gives the confidence and ability to rightly interpret the word of truth.
Matthew 7:15 – Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
2 Peter 1:20 – Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
1 John 4:1 – Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Peter 3:16 – As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
5. The Question and Answer Method Prepares Boys and Girls to Appreciate and Understand Sermons, Lessons, and Other Bible Teaching.
We think that learning systematic truth through the question and answer method helps provide a framework by which kids will be able to assimilate other bible truth. Kids 4 Truth prepares boys and girls to love the truth by equipping them to understand it. When you hear a sermon and know why it is important and where it fits in your theology – you’re more apt to listen, understand, and appreciate it.
We like to think of our process of indoctrination as providing children with a strong skeleton of truth whereby they can begin to hang the “muscles and skin” that they learn in Sunday school, personal devotions, and other God-centered church and family activities.
2 Timothy 3:15 – And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 4:13-14 – Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.
6. The Question and Answer Method Clearly Summarizes Key Beliefs and Can Easily Act as a Standard or Test of Essential Teachings
Truth divides or unites. In today’s spiritual climate, there is much fuzzy ground when it comes to essential doctrine. We think that it is time for God’s church to establish a standard of doctrinal knowledge that we ought to teach boys and girls – and a standard of how Christians accomplish that .
Kids 4 Truth Clubs is a humble attempt to help the church establish those two standards.
Titus 1:9 – Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
1 Timothy 4:6 – If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
Colossians 1:23 – If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister.