Archive - July, 2014

Teaching with Eternity in Mind

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As a Sunday school teacher of young children, it’s often easy to fall into the “insignificant” trap where you’re tempted to see your time spent teaching 6- and 7-year-olds as something less than spectacular. Something merely ordinary and insignificant. But consider these words from William Farley. Although written specifically for parents, I have taken the privilege of personalizing his words for teachers in brackets:

Christians parent [teach] with one eye on eternity. Their children [students] will live forever. This is a staggering thought. We cannot imagine “forever.” Nevertheless, the destiny of our children [students] either will be love that surpasses knowledge, joy inexpressible and full of glory, coupled with peace that passes understanding, or it will be weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. There is no middle ground. Therefore, the Christian does not parent [teach] for this life only. The believing parent [teacher] labors to prepare each child for the day of judgment. The stakes are inexpressibly high.

 (Gospel-Powered Parenting: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting. Copyright©2009, page 41.)

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Moving Youth toward Adulthood

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Years ago, Dr. Albert Mohler wrote about a disturbing trend among young people:

The transition to adulthood used to be one of the main goals of the young. Adulthood was seen to be a status worth achieving and was understood to be a set of responsibilities worth fulfilling. At least, that’s the way it used to be. Now, an entire generation seems to be finding itself locked in the grip of eternal youth, unwilling or unable to grow up.

(What If There Are No Adults? at AlbertMohler.com)

As parents and teachers, are we in any way—even inadvertently—participating in this trend? Or, are we encouraging our young people to heed this call expressed by John Piper: (more…)

Promises for Parents

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You may be familiar with our resource Praying for the Next Generation, written to encourage us to pray for the spiritual welfare of our children and grandchildren. Last week, Pastor Kevin DeYoung posted a great article about the necessity of parents praying for…themselves. Here is his introduction:

You probably have a book mark somewhere with promises to pray for your children. You probably have good kid verses on your refrigerator about obedience and kindness and sharing with others. You probably have a few standby verses you share with the little ones when they start to get defiant and lippy. All good.

But do you have any verses for yourself?

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Are We Intent On Imparting the Gospel?

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Here are some great questions from Pastor David Michael:

Are we as intent on imparting the Gospel to our children as helping them with their math homework…or getting them to sports meets or music lessons? Does Sunday school or soccer take priority in our homes? Do we push them toward the world, or toward the Word? Do we take more pleasure or put more effort in our children’s achievements, or their spiritual development?
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“More Sword Drills, Please!”

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Many years ago, I taught 2nd-grade Sunday school. At that time, we were just beginning to implement a new strategy to more intentionally present our children with a God-centered, Bible-saturated focus in our Sunday school classes. In order to maximize our classroom time toward that goal, we began moving away from the regular and time-consuming crafts to which the children had grown accustomed. However, not all teachers were convinced that this was the best thing to do. Won’t the children be upset? Won’t they grow “bored” if we don’t have some fun, hands-on crafts each Sunday? (more…)

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