FLYTE: faith. life. together.
FLYTE is our Sunday curriculum for students from 4th-6th grade.
When you think of heaven, what comes to mind? Perhaps your idea of heaven includes clouds, gleaming white robes, and rather bored angels sitting around playing harps. Maybe you imagine heaven as a sort of earth without all the negative aspects. Heaven is difficult to imagine since we haven’t been there and the Bible’s descriptions are sometimes hard to grasp.
Over the next four weeks, your preteen will be exploring the idea of heaven through the FLYTE curriculum. Specifically, we’ll be attempting to answer several questions about the topic:
Session 1: What Is Heaven? - December 3rd
Bible passage: Revelation 21:1–22:5
Session 2: How Do I Get to Heaven?- December 10th
Bible passage: Acts 16:25-31
Session 3: Do I Have to Be Baptized to Go to Heaven?- December 17th
Bible passage: Matthew 3:13-17; Luke 23:32-49
Session 4: How Can I Help My Friends Go to Heaven?- December 31st
Bible passage: Ephesians 1:7; John 3:16; Matthew 7:21; James 2:13; Romans 3:23; Luke 13:3; Romans 10:9; John 10:10; 14:3
The purpose of these lessons is to present heaven not as an escape from hell, but as something so marvelous that not only do we want it, but we also want everyone else to have it as well.
As you talk with your preteen about these matters, your first priority should be to help him or her understand how necessary and desirable getting to heaven is. Far more than “joining the church” or “living a Christian life,” the promise of a relationship with Christ means spending eternity in the presence of the Creator—a God so wonderful we won’t be able to take our eyes off of Him.
Encourage your family to watch for images of heaven on television, in movies, or on the Internet. Be prepared to discuss how these images hit or miss the reality of heaven as described in the Bible. As you do this, focus on the promises of an eternity in God’s presence.