The following sermon Let the Children Come to Me presented by John Piper will encourage you and your team. Practical idea: share with your volunteers, staff, and parents and dialogue about ways you can improve your children’s ministry. The entire article is available as a free PDF download.
Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Read the rest of this entry »
The Bible instructs parents to “train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6). This verse offers tremendous encouragement to anyone raising children.
The primary idea behind the phrase “train up” is to provide a systematic or complete training process. God wants His children to know the Scriptures from childhood. A comprehensive or systematic plan ensures that children achieve balanced growth in Bible knowledge, Christ-like character, and faithful conduct—everything kids need to live as devoted Christ-followers. Read the rest of this entry »
Dr. Scott Turansky, founder of Biblical Parenting, writes, “When children lack respect, relationships suffer. Disrespect can be hurtful and embarrassing. It’s important to teach children to be respectful in words and actions toward parents, other adults, and even toward each other. Respect focuses acting in a kind and humble way when interacting with others. It includes things like manners, greetings, and proper conversation techniques. Children need to learn how to show respect in practical terms so clearly define what is appropriate and what is not.” Read the rest of this entry »
“As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10).
Contrary to popular opinion, most Christians are eager to serve Christ. Believers genuinely want to honor their Lord and to receive His words of affirmation, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21). Many individuals in your church are outwardly willing to use their gifts to shepherd and train your lambs—but others will occasionally need a “holy nudge” to stir up their passion for ministry. Read the rest of this entry »