You know the story of the Bible, but do you know what it means? This kids’ edition of Believe teaches you the core beliefs, practices, and virtues of Jesus-followers so that you can understand how to live out God’s story in your own life today.
As you walk through the three big categories—beliefs, practices, and virtues—you’ll begin a journey that will take you closer to the heart of Jesus and deeper into the words of Scripture. You’ll learn what the Bible has to say about everything from the nature of God and the identity of Jesus, to prayer, worship, and the fruit of the Spirit. Each big category is divided into ten topics to give you an up-close look at the important things God wants you to know.
From bestselling author and pastor, Randy Frazee, the Believe: Kids’ Edition will take you on a step-by-step tour through the Bible and show you how to think, act, and be more like Jesus.
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About the Author
Randy Frazee is the lead teaching pastor at Westside Family Church, a multisite church in Kansas City. A leader and innovator in spiritual formation and biblical community, Randy is the architect of The Story and BELIEVE church engagement campaigns. He is also the author of What Happens After You Die; Think, Act, Be Like Jesus; The Heart of the Story; The Connecting Church 2.0; and The Christian Life Profile Assessment. He and his wife, Rozanne, live in Kansas City.
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Believe Kids' Edition
Think, Act, Be Like Jesus
By Randy Frazee
ZONDERVANCopyright © 2015 Zondervan
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* KEY QUESTION:
Who is God?
* KEY IDEA:
I believe the God of the Bible is the only true God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
* KEY VERSE:
May the grace shown by the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. May the love that God has given us be with you. And may the sharing of life brought about by the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14
The Trinity Is There at Creation
Rain is water. Ice is water. Steam is water. All three forms of water are still water. Similarly, God is God. Jesus is God. The Holy Spirit is God. God is actually three persons. We call this the "Trinity." We see clues to the Trinity early in the creation story. The second verse of the Bible tells us the Holy Spirit was already on the scene. And Genesis 1:26 tells us that God said, "Let us make human beings so that they are like us." Who is "us"? The Trinity!
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth didn't have any shape. And it was empty. There was darkness over the surface of the waves. At that time, the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
God said, "Let there be light." And there was light. God saw that the light was good. He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day." He called the darkness "night." There was evening, and there was morning. It was day one.
God said, "Let there be a huge space between the waters. Let it separate water from water." And that's exactly what happened. God made the huge space between the waters. He separated the water under the space from the water above it. God called the huge space "sky." There was evening, and there was morning. It was day two.
God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place. Let dry ground appear." And that's exactly what happened. God called the dry ground "land." He called all the water that was gathered together "seas." And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let the land produce plants. Let them produce their own seeds. And let there be trees on the land that grow fruit with seeds in it. Let each kind of plant or tree have its own kind of seeds." And that's exactly what happened. So the land produced plants. Each kind of plant had its own kind of seeds. And the land produced trees that grew fruit with seeds in it. Each kind of tree had its own kind of seeds. God saw that it was good. There was evening, and there was morning. It was day three.
God said, "Let there be lights in the huge space of the sky. Let them separate the day from the night. Let the lights set the times for the holy celebrations and the days and the years. Let them be lights in the huge space of the sky to give light on the earth." And that's exactly what happened. God made two great lights. He made the larger light to rule over the day and the smaller light to rule over the night. He also made the stars. God put the lights in the huge space of the sky to give light on the earth. He put them there to rule over the day and the night. He put them there to separate light from darkness. God saw that it was good. There was evening, and there was morning. It was day four.
God said, "Let the seas be filled with living things. Let birds fly above the earth across the huge space of the sky." So God created the great sea creatures. He created every kind of living thing that fills the seas and moves about in them. He created every kind of bird that flies. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them. He said, "Have little ones so that there will be many of you. Fill the water in the seas. Let there be more and more birds on the earth." There was evening, and there was morning. It was day five.
God said, "Let the land produce every kind of living creature. Let there be livestock, and creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals." And that's exactly what happened. God made every kind of wild animal. He made every kind of livestock. He made every kind of creature that moves along the ground. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let us make human beings so that they are like us. Let them rule over the fish in the seas and the birds in the sky. Let them rule over the livestock and all the wild animals. And let them rule over all the creatures that move along the ground."
The Trinity Is There at Jesus' Baptism
We also get a glimpse of all three members of the Trinity in the New Testament at Jesus' baptism. Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River. He was baptized by his cousin John the Baptist, a great man of God. When Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit came to rest on him in the form of a dove, and God the Father spoke to him from heaven.
The people were waiting. They were expecting something. They were all wondering in their hearts if John might be the Messiah. John answered them all, "I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I am will come. I'm not good enough to untie the straps of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His pitchfork is in his hand to toss the straw away from his threshing floor. He will gather the wheat into his barn. But he will burn up the husks with fire that can't be put out." John said many other things to warn the people. He also announced the good news to them. Luke 3:15–18
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened. The Holy Spirit came to rest on him in the form of a dove. A voice came from heaven. It said, "You are my Son, and I love you. I am very pleased with you." Luke 3:21–22
1. What is your favorite part of creation? What is the most beautiful thing you've ever seen in nature? Did that sight make you think of God? Why or why not?
2. Which person of the Trinity do you think is the easiest to understand: Father, Son or the Holy Spirit? Which do you think is the hardest to understand? Why?
3. Look at our key verse at the top of the chapter. What are the different ways each member of the Trinity relates to us? Which do you like best?
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Table of Contents
THINK What Do I Believe?,
Chapter 1. God, 17,
Chapter 2. Personal God, 28,
Chapter 3. Salvation, 39,
Chapter 4. The Bible, 50,
Chapter 5. Identity in Christ, 61,
Chapter 6. Church, 71,
Chapter 7. Humanity, 82,
Chapter 8. Compassion, 93,
Chapter 9. Stewardship, 104,
Chapter 10. Eternity, 115,
ACT What Should I Do?,
Chapter 11. Worship, 127,
Chapter 12. Prayer, 138,
Chapter 13. Bible Study, 149,
Chapter 14. Single-Mindedness, 160,
Chapter 15. Total Surrender, 170,
Chapter 16. Biblical Community, 181,
Chapter 17. Spiritual Gifts, 191,
Chapter 18. Offering My Time, 201,
Chapter 19. Giving My Resources, 212,
Chapter 20. Sharing My Faith, 223,
BE Who Am I Becoming?,
Chapter 21. Love, 235,
Chapter 22. Joy, 245,
Chapter 23. Peace, 255,
Chapter 24. Self-Control, 266,
Chapter 25. Hope, 277,
Chapter 26. Patience, 287,
Chapter 27. Kindness/Goodness, 297,
Chapter 28. Faithfulness, 308,
Chapter 29. Gentleness, 318,
Chapter 30. Humility, 329,
Chart of References, 341,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Believe: Think, Act, Be Like Jesus Kids' Edition, edited by Randy Frazee is part of the Believe collection of resources. This series includes age level resources for adults, students and younger children as well. After reviewing the adult, kids' and child resource, I was most impressed with the hard cover, full color children's Believe Storybook. I was underwhelmed by this Kids' Edition of the Believe resource; the paperback quality reminded me of the dollar store. I felt the strongest books in this series was the children's Believe Storybook. This trade paperback edition gave the impression of a dollar store coloring-book quality with its illustrations and formatting. It just did not give the impression of a quality book for the $11.99 retail price. If it was priced at $2.99 for the mass market, it would be more reasonable. Although there is a blue spot color throughout and plenty of illustrations, I feel the large chunks of text are still too monotonous. With the inclusion of scripture texts and commentary, I do not feel that there is enough unique content to a justify purchase of this book in the context of the wide range of children's study bibles available for the school age and pre-teen age group that this book is marketed for. With the availability of high quality affordable complete NIV youth bibles available today, I do not see how this resource stands out. This book might be good for those younger readers who might be too over whelmed by a complete bible. This book covers a good variety of biblical topics as a non denominational version of a "catechism". In general, there are enough people unfamiliar with the bible as it is, that if presented with the Believe series of books, will find themselves confused with these resources that present large portions of the bible, yet are not the actual bible. As a blogger for Booklook I received a copy of this boo published by Zondervan for the purpose of writing this review.
Believe Kids Edition Think, Act, Be Like Jesus By: Randy Frazee I so love the cover to this beautiful book. The picture of Jesus holding out his hand to help you while standing on water is so like Jesus saying I am always here to help you no matter what turbulence you find yourself facing. As I always say most of the covers tell me a story all themselves before I even open the cover to read. In this beautiful book there are 3 Keys: 1 KEY QUESTION: The key question is the starting place; this is what the chapter will help the reader think about. 2 KEY IDEA: Encourage your child to memorize the key ideas so they can recite what they believe. 3 KEY VERSE: God’s word hidden in young hearts will stick for a life time. Think About IT: Why this belief is so important. I find this book is a great book not only for the kids but for a new person starting to learn of Jesus and the Bible also us old folks can learn from this beautifully written book to help us learn in a new way then what we knew of the old ways. The older people will understand what I mean if they were in a church that taught Hell and Damnation more than learning the love Jesus had for us. What a wonderful book this is. The King James is a wonderful bible but a hard one to read (or I felt it is). This book lets you know the answers to all your questions for your life. It is right here in the bible all you have to do is read the Bible. God wants you to know him and will direct you. This is a very interesting book, very helpful. I really enjoyed this book and will have it on my desk to grab when I need to refresh my memory. I recommend this book highly. I received this beautiful book free from Booklook blogger for an honest review I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own and no one else’s. 5 Stars ISBN 978-0-310-74601-0
In the Preface of the book Randy Frazee begins by telling the story of King Josiah. You'll remember that he was eight years old when he became king. 2 Kings 23:25 says: "There was no king like Josiah either before him or after him. None of them turned to the LORD as he did. He obeyed the LORD with all his heart and all his soul. He obeyed Him with all his strength." How did Josiah become such a king? It was because he was read the Word of God and he followed it. Isn't that what we want for each of our children, to become well versed in Scripture and to follow the precepts it contains? Believe: Kids' Edition is the perfect start for that lifelong journey. The book breaks the process down into three sections, THINK: What Do I Believe?, ACT: What Should I Do?, and BE: Who Am I Becoming? Each of these sections use the NIrV edition of the Bible which is designed for a third grade reading level. There are thirty chapters that also correspond with the adult and student editions of this book making it a great tool for weeks of family devotions. I was very pleased with this simplified version of Believe. I say simplified meaning vocabulary not content. Randy Frazee has been thorough in his covering of the main concepts of Scripture. The discussion questions are a nice touch to make it interactive rather than just a one way teaching from parent to child. Our family was blessed by this resource and I think yours will be too. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Randy Frazee a senior pastor out here in Texas. He is also the brains behind The Story and BELIEVE church campaigns. I had previously reviewed the BELIEVE adult book, so my next two reviews will be for the kids edition (because I have kids) and the Believe story book. Like it's adult counterpart, the Believe Kid's edition teaches readers the core beliefs of faith. No mind you my son is 7 going on 8 and he is a pretty good reader and while the suggested age is "8" for this book, I found the book a little much for him and way beyond his reading. Maybe this is for a 8 almost 9 year old? The book is broken into 3 big sections: beliefs, practices, and virtues— and each part takes your child deeper into the word of God and broader into such subjects as who Jesus is, who God is, how to pray, why we worship and the different spiritual gifts. My son loves Bibles, and Bible stories, so I was eager for him to see this. It's important that my wife and I build a foundation in him now while he is still young. I want his faith to be built on something strong so that when he is older his faith will be able to stand on it's own. And please don't be intimidated if you're not a veteran Sunday school teacher, or seminary graduate - the book could not be easier to read with your children. The author covers everything you need in the first few pages. Right now I am reading it to him for a quiet time and then we go over the discussion questions at the end of each chapter. Oh and yes, there are pictures! Thank you to book sneeze and Zondevan for this advanced copy for a fair and honest review.