Jack Klumpenhower has written Children’s Ministry curriculum for over 30 years. Currently, he is working in conjunction with the Serge staff to write a middle-school gospel curriculum. He lives with his wife and two children in Durango, Colorado.
Divided into two parts, Jack begins with a look at why we ought to teach the Good News. His first chapter sets the tone for the entire book: The One-Note Teacher. In other words, all we have to offer children is Christ and that is what we should make a priority in the lives of children we know. Ultimately, Jack makes a case that the Good News is like nothing else and is for all children…especially church kids.
The second part looks at the mechanics of how we should teach the Good News. First, he looks at the gospel as found in the Old Testament. Next, he looks at the gospel from the New Testament. The final four chapters offer insight into how to take the gospel to all of life whether in the home, in the school, or even in the prayer closet.
He concludes with an essay entitled Twelve Answers to the Objection that Teaching God’s Free Grace Leads to Lax Obedience.
Having served as a youth pastor, a children’s pastor and having five of my own children, I found this resource to be refreshing, challenging and encouraging all at the same time. I appreciated the gospel-centered hermeneutic employed by Jack a la Charles Spurgeon who always preached the text and then made “a beeline to the cross.”
Full of Scripture and personal anecdotes from his 30+ years of teaching, Jack writes to the Sunday School teacher, the pastor, the father, the mother, and the one who was once a child. His style is conversational and instructional at the same time and drives the reader to a deeper thinking of how he or she ought to be more intentional in regards to exhorting children with the grace of God.
I was a bit shocked by the closing essay which serves as an appendix but found it to be helpful as it unearthed certain areas in my thinking that I was unaware of.
When it is all said and done, we must be thinking about how we ought to be intentional about sharing the gospel with everyone, especially children. In a day and age when the battle for the well-being of our children begins at conception, we must equip ourselves to be gospel-centered in our parenting. To this end, I recommend Show Them Jesus to everyone.