Once upon a time, Christian parents asked their children after church, “What did you learn about God?” Today, the question is often, “Did you have fun?” Not too long ago, wanting to fully equip children to serve Christ, churches offered extensive Bible training for all ages. Today, wanting to keep kids happy and to make recruiting easy, many churches offer high-energy, entertainment-based programs. Children rarely use their Bibles.
What’s needed is a comprehensive children’s discipleship system that helps equip kids to reach their peak potential as Jesus’ disciples, a children’s church curriculum that partners with teachers and parents to transform children into dynamic disciples of Jesus Christ. Kids need to learn to Know God intimately, love God passionately, and to serve God selflessly.
Each Christmas, many pastors try to view the incarnation from a fresh perspective. The shepherds, the angels, the innkeeper, Mary, and Joseph all had unique vantage points from which to consider this amazing event. This year I have been thinking about the Heavenly Father’s perspective. When His Son was delivered from Mary’s womb, was He as excited as a human Dad? Did He eagerly hand out cigars to the heavenly host?
As a four-time father, I marveled at the birth of each child. When Meredith, our firstborn arrived (26 years ago), I was struck by an overwhelming sense of joy. I had never experienced such a profound upwelling in my soul.
Luke 2:14 hints that God felt incomparable joy when His Son came into the world. He was truly ecstatic! May we also reflect the Lord’s joy throughout this holiday season.
Warmest Christmas greetings to you-from the entire DiscipleLand team.