Why invest in the sometimes tiresome recruitment and training of classroom teachers in children’s and youth ministry? Why use “old-fashioned” teaching methods when high quality lesson videos are available for classroom use? Won’t children and youth learn more through the use of new technology? Here is a really thought-provoking video titled "This Will Revolutionize Education," which I found on Tim Challies' blog:
Although I would not agree on every point the presenter makes, he does challenge us to think about what is at the core of the learning experience and the necessity for personal interaction between students and teachers. As you watch it, think about the following questions in relation to your church’s children and youth classrooms:
Summarize and explain the main meaning of Romans 3:21-26. How does this text apply to your own life?
“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
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An important reminder from Pastor Ray Ortlund:
God gave us family. And what a precious gift! But it is a gift, not the Giver. Jesus will not allow himself to be demoted to High Priest in the Temple Of Family Values. When we come to Christ, we leave that Temple behind, never to return, and we spend the rest of our lives recruiting our families to worship Jesus.
(“Family Values”, www.thegospelcoalition.org )
God is the ultimate actor in life and in death and after death. And we are created to join him in acting on behalf of the children. “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works” (Ephesians 2:10).
We were made to rescue the perishing—the guilty perishing from hell, and the innocent perishing from murder. The earliest known Christian document outside the New Testament said, “Thou shalt not murder a child by abortion nor kill that which is begotten” (Didache, 2.2).Now is the time to venture something new. Will
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. (ESV)
A child speaks less maturely than most adults; so you cannot assume the he means what you mean by what he says, even if he uses the same words.
A child thinks less maturely than most adults; so you cannot assume that his thoughts are what yours
Where do the next generation of musicians in the church come from? One option is to hope and pray that young musicians will get trained in the world, get saved, and use their gifts in the church. That certainly happens
You see it in the classroom—the child who always wants to be first to answer the question, or receive the snack, or be chosen to participate in a lesson illustration. You see it in the home—“I want to go outside now!” or “I want more candy!” Desires, cravings, and appetites. Dr. Russell Moore offers some very helpful observations and biblical counsel for parents and teachers about the necessity of disciplining our children’s appetite:
Or, you can watch the entire seminar by Dr. Moore, “Training Parents How to Discipline with the End in View” below:
Let’s rethink this matter of getting your children saved. Perhaps one of the problems with this perspective is that it looks for a major spiritual event of salvation and misses the spiritual process of nurturing your children… Even when the Spirit illuminates and quickens them to life, it is a life of progressive growth.
What your children need