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What’s Up? by Deborah Harrell & Jack Klumpenhower

What up SGHarrell, Deborah and Jack Klumpenhower. What’s Up? Discovering the Gospel, Jesus, and Who You Really Are. Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2015. 152 pp. Student Guide – $15.99. Teacher’s Guide – $19.99.

Introduction

Jack Klumpenhower is the author of Show Them Jesus – Teaching the Gospel to Kids also by New Growth Press. Deborah Harrell is the Overseas Educational Advisor for Serge. She has also written a children’s novel, Pinto’s Hope.

Summary

This is a study designed for middle school students (5th-8th grade) to encourage them to believe the good news of Jesus and to also live it out in their lives. There is an accompanying teacher’s guide.

The workbook is divided into three parts with fifteen different lessons. The curriculum guides middle-school age students in discovering Jesus through fifteen 90-minute lessons that can be expanded to cover twenty-seven weeks.

Review

This is a practical, down to earth, Bible study designed to “hit the children where they are.” Deborah and Jack masterfully teach doctrinal truths of Christian character in a way that most every child can understand. What sets this curriculum apart, however, is that it is not moralistic as most. Rather, this study on Christian character traits is gospel-centered and points to the necessity of Jesus Christ every day in the life of a child and an adult.

Perhaps the best aspect of this particular study is that it shows the middle-school child that faith in Christ is not a church only deal. It must, of necessity encompass one’s entire life. Unit one lays this foundation with an intensive look at the gospel while unit two shows how the gospel alone changes your heart. The third unit shows how the gospel changes your life.

Each week, the youth will be challenged by the gospel. They will see that there is no gray. You are either a Christian or you are not.

While there is quite a bit of prep time for the teacher as well as quite a bit of “homework” for the student, this is a comprehensive approach to student ministry that, Lord willing, will have lasting impact on the child, the teacher, and the local church.

Recommendation

I am always looking for solid study materials for children…especially as a father of 5! What’s Up?  is gospel saturated, Christocentric and will prove to be a wake-up call to both the youth and the instructor. I highly recommend this resource to anyone with children or looking to instruct children.

Show them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower

Show Them JesusKlumpenhower, Jack. Show them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids.  Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2014.  204 pp.  $17.99. Purchase print for less at Westminster Books or digitally on Amazon Kindle.

Introduction

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.

Summary

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.

Review

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.

Recommendation

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.