Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Some churches set aside a little time for children in their services. I have always found it to be a fine opportunity to set out clear, simple ideas about God. Over the years I have had to field some great off-the-cuff questions from curious little children. Jack wanted to know why God doesn’t just turn Satan to dust. Antonia asked me why God made Goliath!

I think questions from genuinely inquisitive children are a sign that something wonderful is happening. Questions like that don’t just come out of fresh air. Curiosity happens in layers. You have to know something before you can ask about the implications of that something.

You need to have learned that God can do anything before you ask the perfectly logical follow-up questions about why He does, or doesn’t do, things a certain way. When children are learning things about God, what they learn makes them even more curious. And that’s just the way God wants it to be.

In the Old Testament, every holy feast, every heap of memorial stones, every symbol, was partly intended to create curiosity in the little ones. For example, in Exodus 12:26, the Passover feast was expected to prompt questions from the children. Likewise with the memorial stones piled up in Joshua 4:6. See for yourself, God wants children to ask questions!

Theologically curious children are a walking, talking, wriggling, and giggling testimony to the fact that parents, Sunday School teachers and Children’s Church workers are out there getting the job done. When your son or daughter comes up with a great question, encourage them to visit the Bible with you, and help them think it through. Recruit help if you need to, but make it fun.

“May your children rise up and call you blessed!”

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Dr Terry Boyle serves as Pastor for Insight for Living UK. His ministry involves teaching a weekend radio programme, hosting the weekday Insight for Living broadcast, helping with issues that come in from listeners, and providing a personal and local approach to Chuck Swindoll’s ministry.

Terry was born in Windsor, England. He moved to the United States in 1981. Although he began his professional life as a biochemist, Terry holds a Th.M. in Pastoral Ministry and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas.

Terry served as senior pastor of Skillman Bible Church in Dallas until he and his family moved back to the UK in 2007, to take on the role of pastor for Insight for Living United Kingdom.

Terry and his wife Rose Ann have been married for twenty seven years, and they have three grown children: Hannah, Emily, and Terence.