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.
Last month, Ligonier Ministries published the results of its 2020 The State of Theology survey. I found the following results especially concerning:
Percentage of professing evangelicals who agreed with these statements:
Here is Ligonier’s conclusion:
These results reveal an urgent need for clear biblical teaching on the person of Christ, the gospel of grace, and the way that the truth of God informs our ethical decisions in everyday life. There is much work to be done in this age of confusion, but we hope the findings of this survey will serve the church in its calling to reach more people with the faithful proclamation of God’s Word.
Here are a few implications for the church:
Implementing these points in our churches may feel like a daunting task. It will require a long-term commitment by the entire church. That is why I would encourage every church leader, every parent, and every children’s and youth ministry volunteer to read Zealous: 7 Commitments for the Discipleship of the Next Generations. It is the best resource I know of to cast and implement a deeply biblical, doctrinally grounded, gospel-focused discipleship program in your church and home.