With the diminishing practice of honor in the wider culture, it’s imperative for Christian parents and the church to teach children what honor is—what it looks like, sounds like, and involves—and why God is worthy of the highest honor.
What is greatness in God’s sight? Too often I wish for my children, (and even for myself), greatness that is praised in the world’s eyes: high grades, academic accolades, advanced degrees, leadership positions, world-shaping achievements, visible fame, etc. This has been a temptation in every age.
Many parents are diligently and faithfully discipling their children—others don’t know where to even begin. Your church is probably a mixture of both kinds of parents. One thing is for sure: The church is called to equip parents for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12)—ministry to their own children. What this looks like in each local church may differ somewhat, but at the very least it requires some strategic intentionality and practical assistance on the part of the church.
Gospel doctrine is not some kind of cold, academic knowledge—it’s absolutely stunning and lifegiving. Imagine how embracing this view of gospel doctrine might transform the way you teach. What a wonderful reminder of why we must carefully teach and explain essential gospel doctrines with increasing clarity and depth as children grow and mature.
We are earnestly and deeply committed to giving our children and students a theological education that equips them to become mature disciples of Jesus. We believe that involves acquainting them with both the breadth and depth of Scripture—teaching them the whole counsel of God.
Imagine the following scenario: You have become fully convinced that your church needs a more rigorous plan for the comprehensive discipleship of children and youth. Maybe you were spurred on by watching our recent “Zealous Together” event. Now what? How can you best spread this vision and encourage your church and other parents and teachers? What if parents and teachers are hesitant to try something new?
My grandkids love to be read to and the evidence is scattered all over their houses—books everywhere. They love a good story filled with exciting plots, twists, interesting characters, poignant life lessons, all conveyed with colorful illustrations. But as much as they will be enriched by these wonderful stories, they need to be read something that will provide them with much more than a story. That is why I’m thankful that More Than a Story is part of the older ones reading routine.
Summer is a wonderful time for children to go on new and exciting journeys—parks, zoos, museums, vacation destinations, or they can simply have friends over to enjoy playing a new game in the backyard. But it’s also an ideal time to take children on a much more exciting journey to discover and better understand the gospel of Jesus. That is why the little booklet, The Greatest Treasure was written.
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.
Our global discipleship staff has the joy of working with many translation teams around the world, as part of an effort to equip the church and home globally. One of the unexpected blessings of hiring local, native speakers to help us has been hearing their feedback on how spending time on meticulous translation and theological editing of Truth78 resources is also serving them personally by fueling their passion and zeal for next-generation discipleship.