Here is an excellent message by Pastor Bud Burk (Pastor for Child & Youth Discipleship, Bethlehem Baptist Church) for everyone in the church, especially parents and pastors regarding children being present with their parents in the corporate worship service. A few excerpts for your encouragement...
The world came early into my life. On rainy days, Mother let us dig through attic baskets filled with mementos of her college summer in Mexico. My parents' table and guest bed were open to visitors from many places. Our mailbox saw many exotic stamps. On the back wall of our "vacation" church was a huge world map. A cousin went to Indonesia. Daddy told us stories of his days as doctor on a Navy tanker, docking off Saudi Arabia, Burma, Japan and other ports of call.
I find these words from Paul Tripp to be both convicting and encouraging. May they point us God-ward in our parenting and cause us to be more earnest in prayer as we see our desperate need for His daily sovereign grace.
We are in the process of revising and updating our Sunday School curriculum. This is more than just a “new look.” After 15 years of curriculum publishing, our mission and vision have not changed. We still exist to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things so that the next generation may know and cherish Jesus Christ as the only One who saves and satisfies the desires of the heart. But in our passion to see the next generations delight in Him, we’ve been working to improve the ways we equip teachers, engage students, and impact families.
The following are some important and challenging words by John Piper from a sermon titled “Predestined for Adoption to the Praise of His Glory.”
"Awesome!" That's a word I often hear used by many of the young people I meet and teach. But the word is often being used to describe something that really isn't awesome, great, or amazing…at least not in the biblical sense of the word. The fact is, our culture is at work instructing and shaping our children's view of "greatness", especially personal greatness. Unless we intentionally teach our children to know and recognize true greatness, they may miss the many evidences of it in the "ordinary" lives of God's people.
The Boy Scouts of America made national headlines a few weeks ago when it decided to allow openly homosexual youth into its membership ranks beginning January 2014. The implications of this decision are far reaching, especially for the church. Many churches, including my own, sponsor scout troops. Both my husband and son participated in the troop and enjoyed the many benefits that scouting provided. However, with this new development, what should the church do? What should you do if you have sons in scouting?
Which American President made the following claim?
"A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education."
It was Theodore Roosevelt—a highly educated Harvard graduate. Do you believe his statement to be true? Do your students?
Graduation time is upon us. It is a time of great celebration for many students as they look back on what has been accomplished and look forward to new possibilities, goals, and vocations. It is also a good time to reflect on how we as Christians are to view education from a distinctly biblical perspective. For example, we should affirm that...
Does the above sound like a trick question? Something meant to stir up the "legalism" wars? It is not meant that way. It's really a very important and practical question in our homes, churches, and classrooms. As parents and teachers, we should be rightly concerned with the threat of legalism in our children. It is a real danger that lurks in every human heart. Children raised in Christian homes, where they are watching their parents’ gospel-empowered sanctification, may be even more prone to equate being obedient with a means of earning salvation. Yet, no parent would simply "throw out the rules" for fear of raising a legalist. We instinctively know that our children benefit from obedience—even if it is, at times, only outward obedience.
John Piper shared this message at the Children Desiring God 2013 National Conference.
You can also read the transcript of Pastor John's message.