“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10, NIV).
What Kids Think
Kids ask, “How can my sins be forgiven?“ Most children are acutely aware that sin separates them from God. The Gospel is so simple that children can readily understand it. Between the ages of 4 and 14, more respond to the Good News than at any other time. Children need life changing truth of the Gospel, but many children are never given the opportunity to receive new life. Read the rest of this entry »
Once upon a time,
Christian parents asked their children after church, “What did you learn about God?” Today, the question is often, “Did you have fun?”
Not too long ago, churches offered Bible training for all ages—wanting to fully equip children to serve Christ. Today, many churches offer high-energy, entertainment-based programs—wanting to keep kids happy and to make recruiting easy. Children rarely use their Bibles.
As a result, children today: Read the rest of this entry »
Evaluating and choosing a discipleship curriculum is not an easy task, but making wise decisions about your curriculum will have an impact for generations to come. In the following article, GJ Farmer provides 5 characteristics of a great curriculum. Read the rest of this entry »
“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 truth. Many do not believe they can ever know solid, unchanging Truth. Those kids often misunderstand doctrine as rigid rules designed to restrict their freedom. In fact, they learn to label people with deeply held convictions as “close-minded” or “haters” of ideas they disagree with. Western culture no longer reflects a Biblical worldview. Read the rest of this entry »
by Dr. Scott Turansky, National Center for Biblical Parenting
The most important task for any parent is to help their children develop a strong faith and clear moral direction. But how do you do that when you have to get the clothes cleaned up and the dishes put away? Most parents find themselves to be very busy helping kids with homework, taxiing them around to various activities, and simply accomplishing life. Read the rest of this entry »
Children love fairness—but the Lord’s grace and mercy are certainly not based on “fairness.” As you help your children grasp God’s mercy and live out God’s grace, their lives will never be the same.
How Kids Think
Kids sometimes wonder, “Do I deserve this?“ They feel wronged after receiving “unjust” or “unfair” treatment. On the other hand, children become overwhelmed when they receive special favor that is clearly not deserved. Read the rest of this entry »
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31, NIV).
How Kids Think
The adage, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is true! Similarly, “All play and no work makes Jill a lazy girl.” Some children receive an overdose of sports, TV, school, video games, or even church. Few kids experience the energizing vitality that takes place when their minds, hearts, and bodies are stretched and balanced to reach their full potential. Read the rest of this entry »
“A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad” (Matthew 12:33).
How Kids Think
Some people challenge established Christian virtues. They ask, “Why value a righteous lifestyle?” Many children grow up without the benefit of role models who exhibit positive character traits. As a result, qualities such as honesty, diligence, and respect are in short supply. Homes and schools do not necessarily reinforce those basic values. Read the rest of this entry »
Your Nursery—A Strategic Ministry
The nursery—it is a place of Cheerios, diapers, hugs, play, music, and simple truths about God. Though many nursery workers view this time as merely “childcare,” others envision the nursery as a critical-care ministry. Babies and toddlers have the ability to observe faith in relationship with others, learn simple truths about God, establish relational connections, and respond to a safe, peaceful atmosphere. Read the rest of this entry »
“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory” (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12, NIV).
How Kids Think
Children wonder, “What difference does obeying God make?” Some kids are discouraged about trying to please God. They have lost interest in spiritual matters and are not motivated to be involved. Instead, they focus on their own interests and let the world guide them. Without encouragement, reminders, and continual opportunities that help focus their hearts towards God, children live for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »
One day, Jesus healed 10 men who were sick with a horrible disease called leprosy (Luke 17:12-19). Only one of the men took time to thank Jesus for healing him. How do you think Jesus felt about this? Read the rest of this entry »
In this article, John Roberto of Lifelong Faith Associates writes about the rediscovery of intergenerational ministry and how it affects faith that sticks for a lifetime.
Christian congregations across the United States are rediscovering the importance of intergenerational faith formation and relationship building and making it a defining characteristic of their community life. This rediscovery comes at a time when research is finding the enduring importance of intergenerational relationships in the church community upon the faith life and church involvement of young adults. It also comes at a time when churches are questioning their over reliance on age-specific programming to the detriment of intergenerational relationships and experiences in the faith community. This article focuses on the blessings and benefits of being intentionally intergenerational and provides strategies and examples for strengthening intergenerational practices in faith formation. Read the rest of this entry »