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Preteens are:

  • developing concepts of love and trust
  • hearing their conscience
  • developing a value system
  • forming concepts of personal worth
  • seeking spiritual answers
  • making many choices but may not follow through on long-term commitments
  • feeling deeply about their own experiences
  • beginning to adopt a religious belief system of their own


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God Concept

God is holy, and perfect.

God, the Creator, is to be worshiped, not His creations.

God is omnipresent—He is everywhere at all times.

God hears people's prayers and communicates with them.

God has concern and care for all people, no matter their status, race, or ethnicity.

God loves and values people around the world, no matter their status, race, or ethnicity.

God proved His unconditional love for people through the sacrifice of Jesus the Christ.

God expects people to worship Him with all their hearts, souls, minds, and strength.

God deserves respect, obedience, and honor. God wants us to live for His glory.

God is omnipotent—He is all powerful, sovereign, and good.

God is righteous.

God is omniscient—He is all-knowing.

God is eternal.

God reveals Himself to us as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (the Trinity).

Jesus Concept

Jesus was born of a virgin.

God planned for Jesus to be the Savior from the beginning of time and sent Jesus to earth at the perfect time.

Jesus is fully God and fully man who came to earth in human form.

Jesus taught that worship is for God's glory.

Jesus taught that He is the only way to God.

Jesus performed miracles because He is God's Son.

Jesus transformed people through His love.

Jesus' crucifixion, burial, and resurrection were a necessary part of God's plan for the forgiveness of sin.

God sent Jesus to fulfill His promise of redemption.

Jesus is holy and perfect.

Jesus sits at God's right hand and intercedes for us as our advocate, mediator, and high priest. When Jesus returns, all things will be made new.

Jesus has always existed and will always be with God.

Holy Spirit Concept

The Trinity is eternal, holy, and perfect.

The Holy Spirit is given to a person when he trusts Jesus as Savior and Lord.

Jesus promised that God would send the Holy Spirit as a Comforter.

The Holy Spirit is eternal and active. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us.

The Holy Spirit empowers Christians to tell others about Jesus and God's plan for salvation.

The Holy Spirit inspired and guided people to write the Bible.

The Holy Spirit pursues and convicts people of sin.

Bible Concept

The truths in the Bible are without error and will last forever.

The Bible is God's message about Himself and His salvation plan through Jesus.

The Bible is the only inspired, written Word of God.

The Bible teaches that salvation through Jesus is God's gift of forgiveness.

The Bible teaches how to live a Christian life by following Jesus.

Salvation Concept

God had a plan for salvation before the beginning of time.

Jesus willingly died to provide salvation. Jesus' death and resurrection make salvation possible.

The punishment for sin is eternal death and hell.

People cannot save themselves. Jesus died to pay the penalty for my sins, redeeming and rescuing me from sin and death.

God's salvation is eternal. Nothing can separate Christians from God's love.

A growing relationship with Jesus is important and necessary. A Christian experiences joy when he recognizes God is at work in his life and in the lives of others.

Creation Concept

Creation can be credited only to God.

God created people in His image.

God's world is orderly, following God's purpose.

God gives people the responsibility to care for His creation.

God is still at work in His creation, cares what happens in it, and is working out His plan through it.

God wants people to praise Him for His creation.

God restores our relationship with Him when we trust Jesus as Savior and Lord. Our response is worship.

Church Concept

The church is a fellowship of baptized believers who meet together to worship and serve God. Churches today are part of the movement Jesus and His followers began.

God calls church leaders to train believers to join in God's work.

God uses the church to meet people's needs as an expression of His love.

Churches gather together to worship and respond to God.

God wants people to be good stewards of their money, time, talents, and possessions.

The Lord's Supper is a church ordinance-a command Jesus gave to the church. The body and blood of Jesus are represented in the Lord's Supper. Christians participate in the Lord's Supper to remember Jesus' death.

Baptism is an ordinance-a command Jesus gave to the church. Baptism by immersion is a symbol of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. Christians are baptized to show they have trusted in Jesus as Savior and Lord.

People Concept

Life is a gift from God.

God loves me so I can appreciate my value.

People are responsible for their choices and any consequences for their actions.

God will help Christians know and use their spiritual gifts.

God wants people to communicate with Him and study the Bible daily.

People can take deliberate actions to grow in Christlikeness.

People are accountable to God for the way they treat other people.

People can live with joy regardless of their circumstances.

God has a plan for each person to understand and follow.

People can acknowledge and follow God's authority in their lives.

Because a person's body is God's temple, God wants us to honor Him with our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

God commands people to obey Him. People can trust that He will help them resist temptation and give them self-control.

Because Jesus' death on the cross, we can seek forgiveness from Him and others and restore broken relationships.

God expects people to remain pure in all aspects of life with their bodies, thoughts, attitudes, actions, and speech.

God gives each believer one or more spiritual gifts to do His work. God provides resources and other believers to help disciples grow in their faith.

God provides resources and other believers to help disciples grow in their faith.

Family Concept

Families are a part of God's plan for providing for children's spiritual, physical, mental, social, and emotional needs.

God's plan is for each person to make a positive contribution to his or her family. Men and women have different but complementary roles in the family.

God expects children to honor Him in the way they honor their parents throughout their lives.

God wants families to have an attitude of worship.

A man and a woman marry in a covenant relationship, promising to love each other, until death, as God loves them.

God loves families even when families are broken. God wants all believers to act as the family of God and help others in difficult times.

World Concept

God values all people everywhere, both unborn and born, from every race, ethnicity, and culture.

God allows people to join Him in His work throughout the world.

God calls all Christians to tell people about Jesus and to teach them how to know and follow God.

People can pray for missionaries and the people they teach and serve.

God tells me to connect with all types of people and show them His love.

Missionaries are Christians called by God to boldly tell another group of people the Good News about Jesus, no matter the danger.