This season has exposed the insecurities in the world - our work, economy, health, and plans are all insecure. What has also been exposed is the desperate need our children have for a hope that is secure, a hope that gives them a firm place to stand when the world all around is shaking, and a hope that is rooted in the truth of God’s Word - where they can see all that He has promised to be for us in Christ Jesus. The need that has always seemed urgent is now even more so. I imagine that you understand and see this need too - in the lives of children, grandchildren, and other children whom you love.
Will you take a few minutes to watch this message about providing the next generation with an unshakable hope?... More
What is the ultimate reason for discipling the next generations? To what end should parents, ministry leaders, teachers, and volunteers devote whole-hearted effort?... More
We can faithfully and zealously embrace a biblical vision for the faith of the next generation, foster a robust partnership between church and home, teach the whole counsel of God, proclaim the glorious gospel of Jesus, and disciple mind, heart, and will and yet fail to see the spiritual transformation we long for in our children. What’s missing? What more must we do?
The child who has memorized the most Bible verses, or is always first to find a passage in the Bible, may have a heart far from the Lord. Genuine faith in Christ also involves the heart and will. How do we teach in a way that will encourage faith? The fifth of the seven commitments featured in the book Zealous: 7 Commitments for the Discipleship of the Next Generation focuses on discipling the mind, heart, and will.... More
If your church is like mine, your leadership is considering when and how to move forward in gathering together again as God’s people. While each church and family might choose a slightly different path in this regard, one thing strikes me as crucial: We need to look backward in order to move forward. We need to look back to the Scriptures and reaffirm and prioritize our biblical calling in regard to discipling the next generation. The disruptions we have experienced these past months give us an opportunity to really focus on this.
Who bears the responsibility for the discipleship of the next generation? What are parents called to do? What is the role of the church? What is the relationship between the two?
What is the point of a church having Sunday School or other programs for children and youth? Will it have a lasting spiritual difference in their lives? Is your own home serving as a crucible for Christian discipleship? What are your dreams and aspirations regarding the faith of your children? What will be needed from both church and home to guide and inspire the next generations toward mature faith in Christ?
God’s sovereignty over all things does not warrant a “hands-off” approach by God’s people. Rather, God calls His people to display His love, compassion, and mercy to a hurting world. How can we help our children grow in this way? Here are six suggestions.... More
As our children and grandchildren increasingly face a hostile world, what thoughts will lead and guide them? Will they reflect upon the glorious truth that God is, indeed, the ruler yet? And furthermore, will they know and understand the nature and extent of that rule so that they will have unswerving confidence in Him no matter what the circumstances in their lives and world? It's crucial for our children to learn of God’s providence—His active rule over all things. ... More