Posts Tagged "Charles Spurgeon"

This Month in the Middle (November 2009)

This Month in the Middle WideEach month this entry provides a categorized listing of the posts from the prior month. So, here is the (slightly delayed) “This Month in the Middle”for November 2009! Make sure you check out our Index Page as well.

Come Ye’ Children Synopsis

Children’s Ministry / Kid’s Stuff

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This Month in the Middle (October 2009)

This Month in the Middle WideEach month this entry provides a categorized listing of the posts from the prior month. So, here is the (slightly delayed) “This Month in the Middle”for October 2009! Make sure you check out our Index Page as well.

Top Ten Christian Books for Kids Series

Come Ye’ Children Synopsis

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“Come, Ye Children” – Three Admonitions (Synopsis of Come Ye’ Children – Chapter 13)

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In this chapter, Spurgeon offers three admonitions of particular importance to those who work with kids.  These admonitions are based on the following verse which provides the title of the book:

“Come, Ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. [Psalms 34:11 KJV]”

Admonition #1 – Recollect Whom You Are Teaching

Even when working with kids, perhaps especially when we are working with kids, we need to remember to respect our audience.  By respect, Spurgeon does not mean that you give people special treatment because of their status or position.  Instead, he means that we must remember that we are working with people who have souls, and we should not waste their time filling their heads with things that are not worth hearing.

Spurgeon argues that those who teach kids are in a position of greater responsibility than even those who would teach adults.  Those who minister to adults minister to people who are, at least theoretically, capable of making their own judgments and their own decisions about what they are and are not going to do.  When you teach children, they have no other option. They cannot choose, on their own, to go find a different teacher or a different church.  Accordingly, we must be all the more careful about what we teach them.  As Spurgeon explains,

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Model Lesson for Teachers (Synopsis of Come Ye’ Children – Chapter 12)

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In this chapter, Spurgeons offers 5 lessons for Children’s Ministry teachers on teaching kids about morality.  Spurgeon utilizes Psalm 34 as the basis for these lessons and begins the chapter with the following verse:

Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. [Psalms 34:13-14 ESV]

In order for kids to understand the holiness of God, we must teach them about morality.  However, we must be clear in our teaching that leading a moral life is not the way to salvation.  Instead, Children must be made to understand that Christ and Christ alone is the means unto our salvation.  Once salvation through the blood of Christ is obtained, only then does God gives us a thirst for moral living.  In Spurgeon’s words:

“I have always found that the gospel produces the best morality in all the world.”

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Instructions for Teachers and Parents (Synopsis of Come Ye’ Children – Chapter 11)

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This chapter contains a series of pieces of advice on raising spiritual champions.

Get them to come in

Spurgeon begins this chapter of instructions for teachers with the following simple instruction:

“First, get the children to come to your school.”

Spurgeon implores teachers to get kids to come to their churches “by all fair and right means.”  Indeed, Spurgeon advocates every persuasive means short of bribery to get kids to come to church.  Indeed, we should try all means to get kids into our Children’s Ministries.  Spurgeon puts the endeavor in the correct spiritual context:

“Go and catch the children. There is no law against it; all is fair in war against the devil. So my first instruction is, get the children, and get them anyhow that you can.”

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