Discipleship Archive

ABCs of Family Discipleship—Abide in Christ

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. (John 15:4, NLT)   Discipleship Truth: Abiding in Christ is simply remaining in constant communion with Jesus. That concept is very basic, but it can also be quite challenging. Apart from staying connected …

9 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

In 2008 our family was hit hard by the recession. With the financial downturn, we knew that a “normal” Christmas was not possible. After much discussion, we decided to participate in a very simple, homemade gift exchange with inexpensive and creative gifts. As Christmas approached I wondered how our family would do—gift giving was a huge part of our holiday tradition. Would Christmas feel the …

Shaping a child’s worldview begins today

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, ESV). How Kids Think Kids wonder, “Are the things I learn in Church really true?” Children who have routinely swallowed teaching about relativism and tolerance have little regard for absolute …

Biblical worldview begins at home

“Although most people own a Bible and know some of its content, our research found that most Americans have little idea how to integrate core biblical principles to form a unified and meaningful response to the challenges and opportunities of life.” –George Barna In his article Family Ministry: How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Way We Teach Our Children, Timothy Paul Jones reminds us that our …

Servant leadership in today’s ministry

Though Robert K. Greenleaf launched the modern servant leadership movement in 1970, its beginning can be traced to the earliest pages of Hebrew Scriptures. In this article by Perry W. H. Shaw, discover what it means to minister in Christ-likeness. Redemption: The Authority to Serve As a respected leader, so much of Jesus’ behavior was culturally shocking: he prioritized his attention to those others rejected; …

Teaching today’s kids self-discipline

Self discipline is a primary quality that will help children be successful in life. In this article, Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides seven key ways to help children develop self-discipline. One of the primary tasks of early childhood is to develop self discipline. Parents and teachers often find themselves correcting their children for interrupting, being wild, not following …

Building Self-esteem in Today’s Kids

“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:4-6) How Kids Think Kids protest, “I can’t possibly do that!” Many children …