I have been teaching the Bible to children for more than 30 years, and I can honestly say that I have benefitted more from the experience than I would have ever imagined. Here are nine ways, in no particular order, in which teaching children has fed my soul over the years...
With great admiration and sometimes great sympathy, I have watched families with young children participate together in the corporate worship service. Many parents and churches already know the incomparable value of having children present during the service. But there are parents who need some extra encouragement and practical help—especially those with younger children. Or maybe your church has not encouraged the presence of children and you want to revaluate that decision? In either case, here is both inspiration and practical help.
In the month of January, the days are short, and the nights are long and cold (for some of us). The busy holiday season is over, and many of us feel tired and worn down. Additionally, another wave of COVID-19 and other seasonal illnesses are affecting many homes and churches. Hence, the eagerness and energy of the school year’s beginning have diminished. What can parents, children’s ministry leaders, and volunteers do to fight the midyear doldrums and discouragements?
When churches memorize Bible verses together, they take great strides toward glorifying God. Twenty-five years ago, on January 5, 1997, John Piper invited his congregation at Bethlehem Baptist Church to join him for church-wide Scripture memory with the Fighter Verses. He said then that a believer’s purpose is to glorify God and to not sin against Him. The way we do that is by treasuring His Word in our hearts: