If you have been coming to The Village with preschoolers for any length of time, you have seen or experienced the Foundational Truths. These are the five statements we use to teach the kids about what God has revealed about Himself in Scripture. These statements are on the stickers your children wear home each Sunday, and are the focus of our teaching in the classrooms. I am including below an excerpt from our Preschool Charter to help explain how we teach in The Little Village.
- God Made Everything – All things are created by God and for God, as revealed in Genesis 1 and John 1.
- God Is In Charge of Everything – God is Sovereign over all things. This Divine Sovereignty permeates our teaching as it permeates the Scriptures.
- God Is Good – the Father knows what is best, does what is best, and is what is best. We can trust that His ways are always good, even in the midst of suffering. The Father is God.
- Jesus Came to Save Sinners – All men are sinful, and the punishment for sin is death. Sinners can only be saved from the wrath of God by the Son, Jesus Christ. His death, burial and resurrection purchased the souls of those whom the Father has chosen. This salvation is received by grace through faith, which is a gift from God. Jesus Christ is God.
- God Wants To Talk With Us – Relationship and communication with God is available to those who receive the gift of faith. Communication in that relationship is a two-way street, and is facilitated by The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God.
While much of what can be done with this age group can be seen as merely catechism, we cannot discount the power of the Holy Spirit to reveal truth to the hearts of children whose lives would in turn be transformed by the gospel. For example, we do not wait until children can interact verbally to begin teaching. We teach starting at one year of age, confident in the hope that is offered through the blood of Jesus Christ that our God is mighty to save. We will proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ clearly and plead with our great God and King to be merciful and reveal Himself. Salvation belongs to the Lord alone.