Children are hungry to be welcomed again. This provides us with an extraordinary opportunity to invite them to learn about the One who eagerly welcomes children into His glorious and eternal Kingdom. One way to welcome children to this gospel hope is by hosting a Backyard Bible Club. Just think, your own backyard, no matter how big or small, can serve as a place to welcome children in Jesus’ name and teach them about His marvelous love, power, goodness, mercy, and redeeming work. ... More
When teaching children the Bible, it's often tempting to look for resources that are “easy-to-use” and require very little preparation time for parents or classroom teachers. But even when using the best Bible resources available in terms of Bible content and teaching methodology, there is an essential preparation component that is often glossed over or minimized. What is it?
I was recently talking with a mother who is daily reading to her children from More Than a Story—Old Testament. She commented on how much her children were enjoying the resource, but even more so how much it is feeding her own soul. For one thing, the Old Testament reminds us that there is “nothing new under the sun” in terms of experiencing life in a fallen world.
It is amazing to think that it has been one year since “normal” life and ministry was suddenly uprooted. For some of us, we are essentially in week 52 of a “two-week lockdown to flatten the curve.” What has it meant for those of us who are committed to the comprehensive discipleship of the next generation? Adaptability for one thing. Yet, the events of the past year have also sharpened my focus and zeal knowing that, whatever the circumstances, the end goal is still the same, and almighty God is still at work.
The older I get, the more I have seen this and wept – young adults, raised by godly Christian parents and who grew up in vibrant churches – simply walk away from Jesus. Some of these wayward children do so in dramatic overt rebellion, rejecting any semblance of the Christian faith. But others still display an outward appearance of godliness yet have no true love for Jesus. In either case, it’s tragic. What’s a parent to do? What’s the church to do?
In one sentence Romans 1:21 summarizes and explains so much of the world in which we live. It answers a myriad of difficult and confusing questions regarding why people act as they do apart from Christ. See how you explain the meaning of this must-know verse with a concrete illustration.... More
As we welcome in the new year, it is obvious that the “old year” is still upon us in many ways. COVID19 and its numerous related restrictions it has brought about are still in place around the country and even throughout the world. For that reason, many churches continue to face challenges in fully implementing their usual children’s discipleship programs. What will it take to teach the next generation in 2021?... More
What we do in children’s ministries will serve to either foster theological confusion or bring gospel clarity. What we begin teaching about the Bible, God, sin, Christ, salvation, and the Christian life from preschool on informs and shapes our children’s theology both now and into their adult lives.
What is needed for children to see how true and how glorious, how joy producing is the Christian faith? What will produce in the next generation faithfulness, strength of character, willingness to serve sacrificially—a willingness to go anywhere the Lord might want them to go to be witnesses for Him? What will it take to bring this about in them?
There are many answers to that question. But there is one that is of the upmost importance if children are to grow and have the strength of faith and a joy in the Lord. Consider six reasons why we must pass on to the next generation a high view of God.... More
Perspective for the teen years along with eight ways to guide teens toward a deeper relationship with God along with training and resources. ... More