Archive - April, 2015

A Confession of Faith for Teachers

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She’s an eager volunteer who wants to teach children’s Sunday school. Her background is in teaching—15 years as a teacher in a private Christian school. She’s a great communicator, and children love her. Sign her up for next year? Yes,…maybe. As wonderful a teacher she may be, do you know what she believes about God, the Scriptures, salvation, etc.? Are her beliefs in keeping with your church’s confession of faith—a written document that carefully outlines your church’s doctrinal beliefs? Consider these words from Dr. Albert Mohler:

We are living in an anti-confessional age. Our society and its reigning academic culture are committed to individual autonomy and expression, as well as to an increasingly relativistic conception of truth…But, among us, a confession of faith must be seen as a gift and covenant. It is a sacred trust that guards revealed truths. A confession of faith never stands above the Bible, but the Bible itself mandates concern for the pattern of sound words.

We must look to a new generation of teachers who will gladly teach in accordance with and not contrary to all that is affirmed in our confession of faith, without hesitation or mental reservation. We must pray for an army of theological teachers ready to do battle with the spirit of the age and, at the same time, to offer a glad defense of the hope that is in us, with gentleness and respect.

… Faithfulness will be found in the stewardship of words, in the pattern of sound words revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and in the teaching that accords with godliness. There can be no lasting fidelity without confessional integrity.

The ultimate purpose of confessional integrity is indeed doxological—to make certain that we rightly worship and love God. The confession guards the sound words of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and is thus essential to missions and evangelism.

In the end, theological education–and preaching–is all about the stewardship of words. So it was when Paul commissioned Timothy. So is it now.

“Follow the pattern of sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.” [2 Timothy 1:13-14]

(“The Integrity of Words and Our Confession of Faith,” www.albertmohler.com.)

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Will Our Children Hope in the Triumph of God?

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This Easter has come and gone. The happy celebratory worship service is over. The special clothes the children may have worn are now in the laundry basket. But let’s make sure that we don’t give our children the impression that the meaning of Easter is over. Let’s give them a lasting Easter legacy—one that focuses on the eternal triumph of God found in Christ.

To say that Jesus is “Lord” means

    • that he is the rightful King of the universe,
    • that he is ruler over all the world,
    • that he is the commander of all the armies of heaven and of all his Christian soldiers on the earth,
    • that he is now reigning until he has put all his enemies under his feet,
    • that he is triumphant over sin and death and pain and Satan and hell, and
    • that he will one day establish his kingdom of righteousness and joy on the earth and reign forever and ever to the glory of his Father.

To confess that Jesus is Lord means that you believe that he will triumph over all things…Therefore I conclude that whatever else it means to bring our children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord—the King and Commander and Ruler of all things—it means this:

    •  Bring the children up to hope in the triumph of God.
    • Bring them up to find their place in the triumphant cause of the Lord Christ.
    • Bring them up to see everything in relation to the triumph of God.
    • Bring them up to know that the path of sin is a dead end street no matter how many cool and famous people are on it, because the cause of righteousness will triumph in the end. Christ has already struck the decisive blow on Good Friday and Easter morning.

(“Raising Children Who Hope in the Triumph of God,”John Piper, ©2015 Desiring God Foundation, www.desiringGod.org)

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Why Did Jesus Die?—Free Devotional for Families

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We would love to bless your family this week by giving you a short devotional that will help your children understand the rich and glorious meaning of what Jesus accomplished when He died on the cross and then rose from the grave. It is from our resource: Helping Children to Understand the Gospel. The devotional includes short Scripture passages to read, a child-friendly explanation of the texts, hands-on activities that illustrate the truths presented, and prayer prompts. You can download it here.

 

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