As a follow-up to yesterday’s post “Teaching Our Children to Go Beyond Being Nice,” it is important that we teach our children and students how to boldly proclaim the truth in a spirit of humility. Here is a free lesson from our youth curriculum Your Word Is Truth. The lesson includes a presentation and explanation of Bible texts, interactive skits and discussion questions, and a variety of questions to challenge students to make personal application in their own lives. Continue Reading…
I remember a time long ago when “be nice” was a parental mantra spoken to children. Here are some very good words from Tim Challies, Continue Reading…
…Karl Marx declared that the modern age would sweep all conventional morality and political structures aside in a complete transformation of values. In his memorable words, “all that is solid melts into air.” We are in the age of the advanced meltdown of those values. What Marx promised is now happening before our eyes. What can explain it? A witness to the collapse of Marx’s revolution, that great Russian prophet Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, explained it with four simple words: “Men have forgotten God.” And so they have. Nothing else can explain the great shift in worldview we are witnessing.—R. Albert Mohler,Jr.
When I read this quote, it would be an understatement to say my heart is moved. Christians will be stirred by God’s calling to bring his light and truth to a darkened, shifting world. But how quickly this passion can be beaten down and intimidated by thinking about the enormity of the task—discouragement, even despair can settle in and immobilize us.
How near “the point of no return” our society seems to be! What can one person do to pull it back—even a little?
To start, we can remember God! He is all-powerful and wonderful, and nothing is impossible for Him. He sends forth His word, and it accomplishes His purposes! The darkness will not overcome His light! Do not be afraid! Now is the time to immerse yourself in God’s word and let Him equip you to teach the Bible to the next generation—that these young ones also would remember God and know that He is all-powerful and wonderful, and that nothing is impossible for Him.
We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. (Psalm 78:4 ESV)
Then, as you faithfully and persistently disciple the next generation, trust in God’s promises to bring forth the growth! You are pouring the light of God’s truth, His words of life, into those who will one day courageously lead their generation as Christ’s beacons in the world.
Children Desiring God partners with churches and families for just this purpose. Through curriculum, books, website resources, and the IMPACT regional conferences and seminars, we hope to encourage and equip you with tools to effectively disciple the next generation of light-bearers. We invite you to join us and learn more about our discipleship vision at our next IMPACT Regional Conference to be held in Austin, Texas on March 21-22, followed by IMPACT: Los Angeles on May 2-3. Click here for more information on these conferences, and then watch our website for dates and locations of future IMPACT Regional Conferences near you.
In the lower elementary Sunday school class at Bethlehem Baptist Church, I remember learning three hymns: How Great Thou Art, To God Be the Glory, and
Trust and Obey. It was a safe assumption that one of those songs would show up in our classroom worship every week amid other songs that have since disappeared from my memory. It’s a worship trio that covers a lot of ground: who God is, what He has done, and how it should change our lives as we respond to it. In that classroom, we weren’t all saved, and we didn’t understand everything we were singing, but the teachers were stamping in our hearts and minds a rhythm of grace—saved by grace, living in faith, changing by grace and faith. Continue Reading…
One of the things that have changed in my teaching over the years is the time I spend in preparation—I spend more time preparing. Preparing by…
- Reading through the lesson, looking up the Scriptures, meditating on the key themes, and praying that God would work in my own heart.
- Thinking through how I will engage the students in meaningful ways throughout the lesson.
- Gathering and preparing all necessary visuals.
But in the past, there was something that I often missed in my preparation that I now spend more time doing…
- Thinking through real-life experiences in which God really “drove home” a particular biblical truth.
Ponder the words of the psalmist for a minute,
One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. (Psalm 145:4-7 ESV)
Nine years ago, Dr. Albert Mohler wrote an article, “A Call for Courage on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.” His words were prophetic.
The fault lines of controversy in contemporary Christianity range across a vast terrain of issues, but none seems quite so volatile as the question of gender. As Christians have been thinking and rethinking these issues in recent years, a clear pattern of divergence has appeared. At stake in this debate is something more important than the question of gender, for this controversy reaches the deepest questions of Christian identity and biblical authority. Continue Reading…