Theological Words for Kids
One of the challenges we face as parents when we begin to disciple our children for Jesus involves theological words. You know, those specific terms that mean specific things that are important to our understanding of words that describe God.
After all, how do we explain words like holy, eternal, just, redeemer, and aseity?
How many of us even know what aseity means? How should we describe it to our kids? (Kids love inside knowledge–like understanding and using theological words like aseity!)
I want to thank Christian Focus Publications for providing me with a copy of Words about God and Words about Jesus in return for my honest opinion.
Words to Describe God
Ants are not elephants,
and nights are not days.
But God differs from us
in even more ways!”
~ Nicholas Choy
Words about God to Help You Worship Him (Christian Focus Publications, 2012) is a 60-page, hardcover, full-color picture book aimed at ages 3-11. Each 2-page spread addresses a different word that describes God in some way.
There is a short poem that explains the concept in a manner that even a toddler can begin to understand.
This is followed by a paragraph or two to explain the theological concept to older children.
- The bottom of the page has Scripture references for further study, as well as related words (i.e. “See also Eternal, Holy, Incarnate, Revelation”)
Mr. Choy often uses metaphors to place a concept within reach of growing minds. My favorite is the explanation for ‘incarnate’. Mr. Choy compares Christ abandoning His godly glory to become human to an elephant that desires to become friends with ants. The elephant is too big and wonderful to converse with ants on an intimate level–but imagine the elephant abandoning its glorious size and position to shrink so that the ants can see him and converse with him. Jesus came to our level so that we could learn from Him. The picture is pretty cute, too. There are a bunch of little ants all over the page, and one teeny, tiny little elephant.
Nicholas Choy is an architect in London and graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois.
Words to Describe Jesus
If a person was kept as prisoner, it could be possible to set them free with a payment of money. This is called ‘redeeming’. The person who pays the price is a redeemer. Jesus is called the Redeemer. He paid the price for sin. This delivers his people from slavery to sin. The price he paid was not money, but his death on the cross. This great price bought our freedom.”
~ Carine Mackenzie
Words about Jesus to Help You Worship Him (Christian Focus Publications, 2021) is another 60-page, hardcover, full-color picture book aimed at ages 3-11. Each 2-page spread addresses a different word that describes Jesus in some way.
There is a Bible verse your family can look up to better understand each word.
A paragraph or two explains the theological word to children in a way they can understand.
- There is a devotional paragraph to help your children discuss the words that describe Jesus with you.
A decade after Words about God launched into the world (and, indeed, a decade after it was reviewed here on Thinking Kids), Carine MacKenzie has added another volume to the text about theological words for children. I hope a volume on the Holy Spirit is on the way! This is a wonderful addition to your library and I’m excited to let you know about both books.
Carine Mackenzie is a prolific children’s author who holds carefully to the biblical text. Her books for kids have sold millions of copies.
Purchase Words about God and Words about Jesus
Words about God and Words about Jesus are excellent resources for children ages 3-11.
Because of the way they are written, it can be used with multiple ages, making it perfect for family worship, devotions, or bedtime.
Words about God and Words about Jesus are helpful resources–tools that are brightly colored, fun-to-read, with cute illustrations.
The set is a must for the theology-for-little-people section of your bookshelf. (And for those of us adults who want to know what aseity means!)
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Our job, as parents who love Jesus, is to help our kids become approved workers, unashamed and rightly handling the word of truth.
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