Certainly, no well-meaning Christian parent or teacher would willfully hide the truth from children. However, without realizing it, we can focus on only the parts of a Bible story that are particularly exciting or interesting to children. Or we can put so much focus on the characters and stories that we don’t put enough emphasis on what the story reveals about God and His glory. To guard against this, it is helpful to consider the goal of our instruction. Why should we faithfully impart to our children the testimony that has been entrusted to us?
We must not hide the glory of God from our children “but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.” The reason it matters to God that our children hear and remember God’s works is so that they will glorify Him whose way is always perfect, whose word always proves true, and whose steadfast love and faithfulness endures to all generations.
How can we make a vision for the discipleship of the next generations a reality for the children and youth growing up in our homes and churches? We’ve created a new digital guide offering practical application of the vision and framework presented in the book, Zealous: 7 Commitments for the Discipleship of the Next Generations. With a biblical vision for the next generations before us, we want to provide some actionable steps to move us closer to that vision becoming a reality.
When Truth78 was founded 23 years ago, the concern was that too many children were growing up in our churches and homes, blinded by the attractions of the wide way that leads to destruction, and ignorant of the truth about God, His works, and the narrow gate that leads to eternal life (Mt. 7:13-14).
Now, over two decades later, there is even more reason to be concerned. It seems that the force and speed of secularization is greater than ever, luring young people toward idols of the age that cannot satisfy or save. I tremble to think of the world my grandchildren will face.
As you celebrate Easter this year, may this prayer be encouraging in shaping your personal prayers of praise and in serving you in opportunities you might have to pray with your family and others.
Not only has the end of 2020 arrived, but as the Apostle Peter asserted in his first letter that “the end of all things is at hand” (1 Peter 4:7). His letter ends with the exhortation for us to “stand firm in it.” Nothing motivates us more at Truth78 than the hope and earnest prayer that our children will be standing firm in “the true grace of God" (1 Peter 5:12) as we anticipate the end of all things.
"It’s a privilege to teach God’s Word," share Sunday School teachers Bruce and Paige Osborne, "and the Truth78 curriculum helps us to do that." See video of the Osbornes sharing about this privilege and the benefit of using Truth78 curriculum.
For those celebrating Thanksgiving on November 26 in this challenging year of 2020, may this prayer drawn from God's Word guide you in your prayers of thanksgiving:
To You, O God, we lift our voices.
There is no one we desire on this Thanksgiving Day more than You.
Nor is there anyone more worthy of creation’s praise.
Come celebrate with us, hear stories of impact from those who are actively pursuing the faith and everlasting joy of the next generation, and be encouraged in our shared mission. Be spurred on in this good work, learn practical ways we can continue to partner together, and commit to labor with us so that the next generation would set their hope in God.
We should not be surprised if trouble comes for us this year. I have been personally involved in 17 September launches. To be sure, the months that followed each launch brought precious fruit, many encouragements, great progress, and much joy in our labors. But never was there a year without troubles, disappointments, discouragements, problems, and difficulties of various kinds.