The fifth commandment instructs us to honor our father and mother (Exodus 20:12). Paul’s inspired words affirm this command: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise, so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth” (Ephesians 6:1-3). Honoring our parents will result in God’s blessing of a longer, more fruitful life.
Whether in the classroom or at home, the following practical tips from Dr. Scott Turansky will help children learn how to honor all people. Read the rest of this entry »
The culture we live in is greatly influencing our children’s moral behavior and development — the vast majority of Christian kids today have no spiritual foundation. Fun and games are fine, but as the research indicates, we’ve raised a generation of children who have missed out on essential Bible training. When the world comes calling, many are falling prey to dubious activities and deceptive philosophies — and they are walking away from their faith. Read the rest of this entry »
Volunteer training is an important part of children’s ministry. Not only does instruction provide your workers with needed skills, but it also shows that you care by helping them be prepared for their service opportunity. This helps keep workers motivated and involved.
7 Key Training Tips
1. Make training a Kingdom investment. Training takes time and resources, but remember to view each session as a long-term investment in building Kingdom relationships. This will help keep workers motivated and involved. Read the rest of this entry »
Teaching children to obey can be challenging—especially in today’s culture.
One of the first Scripture memory verses we taught our children was “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother,’ which is the first commandment with promise: ‘that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth’” (Ephesians 6:1-3). The parallel verse we used is Colossians 3:20, “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” Read the rest of this entry »
“The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.” — Henry Martyn, missionary to India and Persia
Our worldview is the lens through which we interpret everything we see. It becomes the basis for our beliefs and decisions. A correct worldview begins with the infinite, personal God revealed in the Bible. God wants His children to see the world from His perspective. The Scriptures form the framework for living out a consistent, Christ-centered worldview.
As we begin the New Year, the following article by Brandon Hatmaker will help us focus on the priority of serving others. Read the rest of this entry »