How Does Adventure Club Teach the Doctrine of Election?
“Scripture reveals that God has both delivered a general call to all people to turn to Him, and that He has chosen whom He will save. The doctrine of election is tied closely to God’s sovereignty, since no one can be saved unless He wills it, and no one He has elected for salvation will suffer eternal damnation. God’s sovereignty means that He does whatever He desires—but what He desires is always perfectly good. Regarding man’s salvation, this means that God chose some to be saved, and that whether through ultimate judgment or ultimate salvation, all will glorify Him.” excerpt from Adventure Club: The Truth About Man, Sin, and Salvation, Lesson 15.
Adventure Club endeavors to teach kids all ten areas of systematic theology.
In year 2, Adventure Club focuses on the biblical doctrines of man, sin, and salvation. And within the doctrine of salvation lies God’s plan to save sinners from all eternity—His election. Adventure Club does not shy away from teaching election and predestination because these doctrines give God all glory for His saving work. Furthermore, God’s election is a thoroughly biblical word and concept.
Election simply refers to God’s choice. As a theological concept, God elects in a variety of ways. The Bible reveals God’s corporate election—His choice of the nation of Israel for His own possession (Deut. 7:6–8). The Bible also reveals God’s vocational election—His choice of certain men for the offices of prophet (Num. 16:5–7), priest (Deut. 18:1–5; 1 Sam. 2:27–28), and king (Deut. 17:15; 1 Sam. 10:24). But when the New Testament uses the word “election,” it most often refers to God’s individual election—His choice to save particular sinners (Rom. 9:7–9; Eph. 1:4).
Adventure Club focuses on three truths to teach the doctrine of God’s individual election accurately and effectively.
First, we teach kids about the nature of God’s election. God’s choice is unconditional and eternal. God was not influenced by anyone or anything outside Himself. In the eternal counsel of His will and according to His good pleasure, God determined to save specific persons through the work of His Son (Eph. 1:5, 9). By teaching kids the unconditional and eternal nature of election, Adventure Club avoids the error of the prescient view of election. This is the teaching that God looked into time, learned who would respond to the gospel, and then made His choice to save them. This erroneous teaching does violence to God’s character and glory. God is omniscient. He does not learn, and no one is His counselor (). Moreover, God is sovereign and does whatever He pleases (Ps. 115:3). And because God is sovereign in salvation, God deserves all glory for His amazing grace.
Second, we teach kids the objects of God’s election. God chose persons in Christ. God’s foreknowledge, predestination, and election are not focused on actions or events. God foreknows and fore-loves people by grace (Deut. 10:15; Rom. 8:29–30; 11:1–2). This truth further disarms the prescient view of election because that teaching emphasizes God’s foreknowledge of actions—the act of faith. But biblical foreknowledge is God’s determination to set His love upon an elect people. It is a personal and intimate love that God bestows by pure grace. This love is secured by no merit of the sinner but by the perfect worth of Christ. That is why God’s election is in Christ from before the foundation of the world (2 Tim. 1:9). Christ Himself is the preeminent elect person. Christ was foreknown and chosen by the Father to save His elect people (1 Pet. 1:20; Acts 2:23). Therefore, God’s choice to save some sinners follows His choice to save by the life, death, and resurrection of His Son in their stead.
Finally, we teach kids the purpose of God’s election. God chose certain sinners for salvation in Christ with their good and His glory in mind. God did not choose to save sinners by an abstract, arbitrary choice. Instead, God does all things according to the counsel of His will and for His glory. Regarding the elect, God predestined them for adoption as sons and that they would be holy and blameless before Him (Eph. 1:4–5). God’s sovereign choice secured the highest blessings in Christ for them (Eph. 1:3). And regarding God, every saved sinner is a trophy of His grace who exists for the praise of His glory (Eph. 1:6, 12, 14).
This is the fundamental reason we teach kids about election—to secure the worship of God. Those saved by faith have no reason to boast about themselves. From beginning to end, salvation belongs to Yahweh (Jonah 2:9).
To see Adventure Club lessons that teach the doctrine of election, contact us to speak to a rep for excerpts from the Adventure Club Teacher Book.
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