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Children's sermons should captivate the hearts and appeal to the minds of both children and adults. Aram Haroutunian's collection of 74 children's sermons does just that and each one points to how incredible Jesus is - that's why The Answer is Always Jesus. Drawing on the best of over 500 children's sermons delivered over 15 years, this collection starts from Advent, includes topics throughout the church year, plus other holidays and many more key New Testament concepts. Each sermon includes Scripture, Materials and Overview followed by the Sermon and a Prayer. The Appendix provides helpful tips regarding the development and use of children's sermons in a corporate setting. Object lesson props are simple everyday items, which also makes it easy for parents to use this resource for family devotions at home.
Number of Pages: 234
Vendor: Healthy Life Press
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 5,5 X 8.50 (inches)|
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barbjan10Arlington, TXAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5THE CHILDREN'S ANSWER IS ALWAYS......JESUS!October 4, 2013barbjan10Arlington, TXAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Aram Haroutunian's creativity and compassion for expressing the Persons of the Trinity to children is like none I have heard or read. His orations are disguised by humor, masquerade, dialogue and broad imagination. The author believes the children's sermon serves an important social, emotional, and theological purpose in the worship service.
Pastor Haroutunian explained that in his church community they often joke that the answer to every children's sermon question is Jesus, thus the title of this book. In my opinion, this author/pastor must be quite a hoot to be around. "Hoot" being a term understood by children. Dialogue with children can be quite risky, with children's unpredictable responses, "which I find to be the best part of doing children's sermons!" quoting the pastor. He has shared some actual responses of children to his questions during the children's sermon. "Their responses are often surprising, refreshing, profound, hilarious, innocent, challenging, and even piercing." Personally, I enjoyed many laughs while reading Aram Haroutunian's chapters. He owns a great sense of humor and often directs fun at himself to make a point. This book could be a great advantage to Sunday school teachers and story tellers in general.
Each chapter or sermon is created through several basic premises keeping in mind the subject and scripture of the main worship sermon; the first being the BIG IDEA or the subject matter of the lesson. CORRESPONDING SCRIPTURES are provided, to highlight the biblical concepts that the sermon is intending to convey. An OVERVIEW is offered, to develop and illustrate the New Covenant idea or thinking behind the children's sermon. This can assist in developing a "way of thinking" about the implications of the New Covenant. A list of MATERIALS IS GIVEN (INCLUDING OBJECTS OR PROPS.) Of course these can be adapted for different settings and for when certain resources (such as audio-visual equipment) is not available. The ACTUAL SERMON is then written out. Included in some of the sermons are actual responses by children. These illustrate the importance of structuring the sermon in such a way as to elicit responses and dialogue from the kids - which, of course, brings joy to the sermon when preached. A CLOSING PRAYER is offered, which serves important purposes. The obvious importance is to offer the entire sermon to God, so that the Holy Spirit might seal the truths discussed in the minds and hearts of both the children and the adults. Yet the closing prayer also serves to recap or summarize the Big Idea, and can help pull it all together particularly for the adults, who will remain in the service.
Pastor Haroutunian describes some of the antics he has courageously performed like riding a donkey_or attempting to ride a donkey into the Palm Sunday service. You might not believe what you are reading about the nervy feats he accomplished delivering the children's moment. Wild and weird to say the least! One of my big questions was where he found some of the objects used, and how many trips he made from his vehicle to the altar with his various questionable props. This gentleman has gone to faith-full lengths to bring out the answer "Jesus" to his questions. I intended to tell you my favorite sermons in the book, and decided to leave it to you to get this helpful novel and pick your favorites. Frequently I have done the children's moments during worship. I am so grateful to Pastor Aram's sharing his perfect ideas of teaching "Jesus" to children - as well as to adults. He is gracious and sensitive toward the teachings of Christ and I personally plan to pass on his children's sermons to our children in worship.