Kids protest, “Why are you punishing me?” Children only see that correction results in a rebuke, spanking, or loss of privileges. They cannot yet appreciate the long-term value of godly discipline that molds, strengthens, and perfects their character.
“An effective, Biblically sound children’s training process must be comprehensive and ultimately help kids know God intimately, love Him passionately, and serve Him selflessly.”
Children are predisposed to make foolish or short-sighted choices. Discipline, though painful at the time, leads to righteous living. Let’s consider ways to teach and encourage children so they view discipline as an essential good rather than an unwarranted pain. Read the rest of this entry »
Though a vast number of children’s ministry resources are available today, many of those products may not receive “passing” marks. Listen to the insights of John H. Walton, PhD, professor at Wheaton College and former professor at Moody Bible Institute for 20 years: “It has been my practice over the years to work with the Children’s education program in my church to evaluate curriculum and train teachers for the pre-school through elementary grades. What I find in curricula is consistently shocking from a hermeneutical standpoint. I should hasten to say that curricula are often excellent from an educational standpoint—for that is the expertise of those producing curriculum. In the area of hermeneutics, however, the violations of sound method are frequent and obvious.”1
Scholars, like Walton, who study Biblical hermeneutics are concerned about correct and consistent Bible interpretation. Principles of hermeneutics help us know how to interpret, understand, and properly apply the Bible. Removing Bible verses from their cultural context leads to all kinds of misunderstanding. That is why sound Biblical hermeneutics is essential. Read the rest of this entry »
I remember thinking, “I’ve accepted Christ as Savior and Lord. I know that the Holy Spirit came into my life. Why does my daily experience reflect so little power – no true transformation?” God directed me to His Word where I discovered a powerful promise: “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” Romans 8:26-27 (NASB). This promise changed the rest of my life and ministry! Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve all heard the saying “Monkey see – monkey do.” This statement describes the process by which a young child imitates the conduct of others, especially his or her parents or siblings.
Do the words we speak, the behaviors we model, and the expectations we convey shape our children’s character?
The Apostle Paul penned these inspired words to his friends in the church at Philippi, “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9).
Jerry Bridges, author, speaker, and Navigators staff member, wrote, “The level of our obedience is most often determined by the behavior standard of other Christians around us” (The Discipline of Grace, page 116). Read the rest of this entry »