Evaluating and choosing curriculum can be a difficult process. Obviously, every decision should be filtered through God’s Word. Although our goals, mission, and engaging kids are important, Jesus commanded us to “make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). There is nothing more important than teaching children how to know God intimately, to love Him passionately, and to serve Him selflessly. Choosing a discipleship curriculum is not an easy task, but making wise decisions about your curriculum will have an impact for generations to come. Read the rest of this entry »
A. W. Tozer, widely regarded as one of the most perceptive writers in the 20th century, said, “The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.”
God has given us amazing minds. These powerful instruments possess an almost limitless capacity to remember. Memorizing Bible verses is a skill and discipline that yields lifelong rewards (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2-3). Learn Bible verses together with your child. Discover the marvelous mental potential that God has given to you. Read the rest of this entry »
Ray Stedman, noted pastor and Biblical expositor said, “Forgiveness, of course, is the virtue we most enjoy, and least employ, in our Christian experience. We all love to be forgiven – we expect it, and want it. But we find it a struggle to forgive; we resist it, and refuse oftentimes to do it.”
Corrie Ten Boom, a Christian woman who survived a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust, said, “Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free, and to realize the prisoner was you.”
Forgiveness is a foundational Bible truth. Why is forgiveness important? The best answer is because Jesus commanded us to forgive others. Scripture clearly communicates that if we don’t forgive, we won’t be forgiven: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-16). Read the rest of this entry »
Imagine having young believers who:
- Understand and embrace the Biblical basis for missions.
- Genuinely care about people everywhere who await the life-giving Gospel message.
- Are ready to follow Christ wherever He leads.
To become fully equipped disciples, young believers need consistent, clear, and systematic instruction. Children’s workers have only 1-3 hours per week to influence young hearts and minds for God’s glory. Unless churches proactively insert missions education, children miss this essential component. Read the rest of this entry »
Living For Christ
In the 1800s, God prompted Rev. E. P. Scott, a missionary in India, to undertake a dangerous task. Against the advice of his fellow missionaries, Scott set out alone to visit a remote village. He was determined to share the Gospel with a notoriously savage tribe.
Just before Scott reached his destination, fierce warriors surrounded him and pointed their spears at him. Expecting to die, Scott took out his violin (which he always carried with him), closed his eyes, and began to play and sing “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”, in the native language of the warriors.
Opening his eyes he saw that the natives had lowered their weapons and some were in tears. E. P. Scott spent the rest of his life ministering to these primitive people.
Kids can live courageously, victoriously, and in the POWER of Jesus’ name, too. Read the rest of this entry »
People don’t buy bulbs, tires, or cars. We buy light, safety, and experiences.
When recruiting volunteers, how you position your ministry is important. For instance, you could say, “We need your help with the kids today.” Or you might try, “Did you know that nearly 50% of all Americans who accept Jesus as their Savior do so before reaching the age of 13? We need two leaders willing to make an eternal difference in the hearts and lives of kids.”
Which appeal sounds more compelling to you? Motivate your people by emphasizing the eternal benefits. Read the rest of this entry »
In his book, The Holy Spirit, Billy Graham writes that discipleship is vital to the process of establishing new believers in their faith:
“One of the first verses of Scripture that Dawson Trotman, founder of The Navigators, made me memorize was, ‘The things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also’ (2 Timothy 2:2, KJV). This is a little like a mathematical formula for spreading the gospel and enlarging the Church. Paul taught Timothy. Timothy shared what he knew with faithful men; these faithful men would then teach others also. And so the process goes on and on. If every believer followed this pattern, the Church would reach the entire world with the gospel in one generation. Mass crusades, in which I believe and to which I have committed my life, will never finish the Great Commission; but a one-by-one ministry will.” Read the rest of this entry »
You can make disciples! You can shape children to be like Christ—knowing God intimately, loving Him passionately, and serving Him selflessly.
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There is nothing more important than teaching children how to know God intimately, to love Him passionately, and to serve Him selflessly. Choosing a discipleship curriculum is not an easy task, but making wise decisions about your curriculum will have an impact for generations to come.
There is nothing more important than teaching children how to know God intimately, to love Him passionately, and to serve Him selflessly.
Choosing a discipleship curriculum is not an easy task, but making wise decisions about your curriculum will have an impact for generations to come. These steps will guide you: Read the rest of this entry »
“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ was his response. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. ‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter which way you go.’”
Where do you want to go?
Visionary leaders see the big picture
One of the most powerful keys to impact your children’s ministry is to “Begin with the end in mind.”
To begin with the end in mind, simply ask, “What do I hope to accomplish in my children’s ministry?” While leading children to genuine faith in our Lord Jesus is a high priority, salvation is not the end goal. We see in the Great Commandment that we are to love God and others. We learn from the Great Commission that Jesus commanded us to make disciples. So, our goal should be to teach kids to love Christ, love people, and become His disciples. Read the rest of this entry »
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