“Many churches equate discipleship with knowledge … but the essence of discipleship is transformational not informational. Jesus did not merely ask us to teach everything He commanded. He asked us to teach people to obey everything He commanded, and the difference is massive (Matthew 28:19). The end result of discipleship is not merely the knowledge of all Jesus commanded but the obedience to all Jesus commanded.” 1
Greg Baird poses this pivotal question regarding children: “Are you practicing informational discipleship in your ministry, or transformational discipleship?” 2 Read the rest of this entry »
Whether you’re a veteran ministry leader or a children’s worker newbie, the following article by Dr. Thomas Sanders will help you consider the right curriculum for your kids. Your choice of curriculum may impact generations to come!
Recently, I have had more phone calls and conversations about curriculum than at any other time in my recent memory. I am glad children’s ministry leaders are thinking about this issue, because the selection of curriculum is very important. Curriculum becomes the recommended instruction for leaders to use in guiding children to know, trust, obey, and follow Jesus. In other words, the curriculum you choose represents to the children in your church your views and the views of your church about God, Jesus, and the Bible, so it is very important that you carefully think through your choice of curriculum. Read the rest of this entry »
Chip Ingram writes, “Far from being a dirty word, discipline is evidence of love. When you consistently discipline your child and do it with the right attitude — compassionately, under control, with consistent boundaries and consequences, and focused on the child’s best outcome — you are expressing love exactly as God sometimes expresses His love.” 1
The writer of Hebrews clearly explains how and why God disciplines His children: “Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:10-11). Read the rest of this entry »
Discipleship is a common term in churches today, but how well are we developing Christ-like people?
Greg Herrick writes, “For our purposes, then, a “disciple of Christ” is someone who has been called first to know Christ, then to follow him, and then to make disciples of all nations. That is, in our knowing Christ we are becoming like him—thinking, feeling, and living as he commands. In this spiritual ambience of personal relationship with him, that is, in light of our experience of the kingdom, he summons us to be his disciples. We are to follow him, through thick and through thin, knowing that he is there and that he will reward us in his time; after all, he is the Master. But discipleship not only involves being with him, being like him, and following him, it also means that we make it our goal to disciple others—indeed, every nation under the sun. The Great Commission is not just another good idea—though it is that—it is the church’s marching order. As far as I know, he never communicated another plan.” 1
Noted theologian John Wesley shared a passion for discipleship. Founded on Jesus’ blueprint for discipleship, Wesley developed a simple plan for maturing and equipping the saints. Wesley said, “The Church changes the world not by making converts but by making disciples.” 2 Jesus commanded us to: “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19,20). Read the rest of this entry »
Even when we realize the importance of praying for our children, we sometimes become discouraged in the process. Here are a 10 ways to help you pray for your children with effectiveness and power.
“Prayer is our most formidable weapon, the thing which makes all else we do efficient.” -E. M. Bounds
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