Junior Soldier: Supplementary 1: Multi-Faith
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Junior Soldiers can be used as a small group discipleship material for children, or as curriculum for your Kids Church or Sunday School.
PURPOSE : To acknowledge that there are people of many faiths living in our community; to gain a brief understanding of the key similarities and differences; and to consider how we can best respond as disciples of Jesus.
This is a difficult but necessary topic for us to address with children who are living in a multicultural society. The children in your group may already have friends who belong to faith communities of other religions. They may also have heard information about other religions through discussions at school or the media.
Please take special note of the purpose for this lesson. At this stage in their development we are simply aiming to acknowledge that other faiths exist in our communities, that they are similar in some ways but that they have key differences to the Christian faith. We want to equip our children to be secure in their faith and to treat every person with love and respect, regardless of what they believe.
Jesus told him, “I am the Way—yes, and the Truth and the Life. No one can get to the Father except by means of me.” John 14:6
“Dear friends, let us practice loving each other, for love comes from God and those who are loving and kind show that they are the children of God, and that they are getting to know him better. But if a person isn’t loving and kind, it shows that he doesn’t know God—for God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8
So Paul, standing before them at the Mars Hill forum, addressed them as follows: “Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious, for as I was out walking I saw your many altars, and one of them had this inscription on it –‘To the Unknown God.’ You have been worshiping him without knowing who he is, and now I wish to tell you about him.” Acts 17:1-4; 10-12; 16-31