There is much discussion in the world of children’s ministry these days over the issue of values based curriculum. I believe that discussion is an important one to have, and in the end it comes down to how values are taught rather than if they are taught which will determine whether or not a curriculum has the right focus. The whole argument though, is much older than just the current discussion. The argument stems from a misunderstanding of good works that dates back to the time of the New Testament writers (and frankly, well back into Old Testament times).
Ephesians 2:8-9 clearly explains how we are saved:Read More
This is an interesting take on Satan’s view of the church.
In the tradition of Schoolhouse Rock comes this short on the evidence for God! Move over Conjunction Junction, it’s time for Evidence! This video is the best apologetic video for kids that I have ever come across.
It is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6). Accordingly, faith seemed like the next logical topic for the I believe series. So, without further ado, here is what I believe about faith:
What Is Faith?
- Faith is the substance of things asked for [Hebrews 11:1]
- Faith is the conviction of things unseen [Hebrews 11:1]
- Faith involves waiting for things to come [Hebrews 11:13]
- Faith is a shield [Ephesians 6:6]
- Faith is a breastplate [1 Thesalonians 5:8]
- Faith is most holy [Jude 1:20]
Where Does Faith Come From?
- Christ is the author of our faith [Hebrews 12:2]
- Christ is the perfecter of our faith [Hebrews 12:2]
- Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirt [1 Corinthians 12:9]
- Our faith is through Christ and equal to all saints [2 Peter 1:1]
When I started the “Questions Kids Ask” series a couple of weeks ago with the question, Who made God?, I didn’t realize how popular that post would become. Indeed, in less than two weeks, it has become the most popular post ever on my blog. It has also sparked some interesting discussion including one commenter who asked, “So what made him up and decide to create the planets and life?” I don’t know how old this person is, but the question seems like a logical follow-up question in the “Questions Kids Ask” series, so I thought I would deal with it in a separate post. In short, I suppose the question is:
Why Did God Make Us?
This question has been asked over and over throughout history. In fact, King David asked essentially the same question in Psalm 8:
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” [Psalms 8:3-4]
The fact of the matter is that the Bible does not give us explicit details about why God chose to make us as opposed to not making us. Genesis 1:1 clearly tells us that God created the world, and Genesis 1:27 tells us that he created man (and woman) in his own image. Beyond that, it does not talk much about the why of creation. Accordingly, this question rightly falls under the umbrella of the “secret things” discussed in Deuteronomy 29:29:
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” [Deuteronomy 29:29]
Fortunately, the Bible does give some insight even if it doesn’t come right out and directly answer the question. Let’s start with some of the mistaken theories that are often offered for why God created us. Let’s look at some of those notions and see why they are not true.Read More
Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Church recetly preached a sermon from 1 Peter 5:5 called Humble Christians. In that sermon he offers an 8 point “test” to determine how humble you are. He is quick to point out that you are likely not the best judge of yourself for all of these questions and it is best to ask people close to you to get a more accurate view of your humility level. The 8 questions are:
- Are you teachable?
- How do you respond to correction and rebuke?
- Do you repent quickly and thoroughly?
- Are you considerate of other people?
- Do you serve and receive service well?
- Are you consistently aware of God’s grace in your life?
- Do you disagree in an agreeable way?
- How much attention and affirmation and affirmation do you require?
The whole sermon is definitely worth your time to check out.
You can find it right here! Also included at the site is a link to the sermon notes.Read More