Posts Tagged "Cross"

The Power of the Cross and Children’s Ministry

woodencross I have been drawn recently to a particular verse in scripture which I have read hundreds of time but which only recently started to grip my heart.  It was written by the Apostle Paul to the church in Corinth:

For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. [1 Corinthians 2:2]

Nothing!  Nothing but Christ and Him crucified.  The cross of Christ is the one essential piece of knowledge in this world, and our role as children’s ministers is to impart that to kids.  So often, we get sidetracked in children’s ministry and miss the bulls eye which is the cross of Christ.  We worry about what games we will play, what crafts we will do, how we will keep the kids occupied and under control, and we throw in the gospel when it fits.  We start to feel like we have to come up with ways to entice kids with the Cross of Christ and ignore the power of God to effectuate change in the lives of kids.

So, here is my challenge and my question.  First, the challenge – resolve in your children’s ministry to make the Gospel of our Lord central to everything you do.  Now for the question, what does this look like in your ministry?  What would your children’s ministry look like if the cross of Christ was central to all that you do?  I can’t wait to hear your ideas and thoughts – please leave a comment below.

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The Centrality of Christ in Children’s Ministry

Cross I’m still catching up on notifying you all about articles I published over on Ministry-to-Children.com, and it seemed like the middle of Go Dark week was a good time. This article was titled Where is Jesus in this Bible Story? was published on June 10, 2010.

Brief Synopsis: In this post I examine how to make sure that Jesus is at the center of every lesson you put together for children’s ministry.

Click here to read the entire article!
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Blog Patrol (May 19, 2009)

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Welcome to “The Blog Patrol” where every week we bring you the best of the blogs related to Christianity in general with just a little emphasis on Children’s Ministry.

Stragglers

These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last week’s Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

Hints and Tips for Teaching Ages 2-3

  • I just found this blog this week, so the stragglers includes several older posts. This one offers practical ideas for teaching 2 and 3 year olds.

Hints and Tips for Teaching Ages 4-5

  • Practical tips for working with 4 & 5 year olds.

Hints and Tips for Teaching Grades 1 and 2

  • This article looks at advice for teaching first and second graders.

Plant a seed…Grow a Volunteer

  • This article offers 77 bits of insight related to recruiting and working with volunteers.

Tuesday (May 12, 2009)

Four Points Of Attack – Your Motives

  • Perry Noble begins a series on four areas any Christian Minister/Ministry will face.

Children’s Ministry Think Tank: What Is Your Church’s Policy About Baptizing Children?

Building Faith Skills in Kids (5 of 5)

  • In this final installment of this series, Jabberfrog looks at the skill of giving to God.

#69 Saving Seats at Church

  • From Stuff Christians Like, this is actually an older post revisited, but I liked #7 in the list so much that I decided to include it in this week’s Blog Patrol.

Preaching the Sermon on the Mount from Memory

  • In this article, Trevin Wax challenges Pastors to preach large sections of Scripture from memory.

Complaining: A Rejection of God

  • From Charlie Wallace, this article on complaining starts “Ironically, parents complain that one of the areas of parenting that is most frustrating to them is when their children complain.”

Moore: “The Devil Votes Christian Values”

  • From Between Two Worlds, this is a transcription of a sermon preached by Dr. Russell Moore in which he looks at how the Devil tries to usurp the power of the Gospel. I have not read the transcript but listened to the sermon several weeks ago. It is well worth a read and a listen!

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The Day of the Lord

The Day of the Lord

I am currently reading through the minor prophets in my daily Bible reading.  I noticed that the phrase “Day of the Lord” is a common theme in much of their writing, and I thought I would do a little study on the phrase to see if I could figure out what The Day of the Lord was really all about.  After each passage, I offer some conclusions about what the passage says about the Day of the Lord.

According to my ESV Study Bible, the earliest known usage of the phrase is in Amos 5:18-20:

“Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light, and gloom with no brightness in it?” [Amos 5:18-20]

Amos invokes the term in describing the judgment against the Northern Kingdom at the hands of the Assyrians.  Amos rebukes those who desire the coming day of the Lord and asks “Why would you want that?”  The ESV study Bible postulates that perhaps the term had come into popular use at that time to symbolize that time when God would return and make Israel the head of all nations.  Amos warns that the coming day of the Lord is not a time of safety (as having escaped from a lion) but terror (as being consumed by a bear). 

Conclusion: The Day of the Lord is nothing to look forward to because it brings with it the darkness of judgment.

So, let’s see what the other prophets had to say about it.  Isaiah employs the term in prophecying the coming destruction of Babylon at the hands of the Medes and Persians in Isaiah 13:6-9:

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I believe…What I believe about sin

I Believe

Throughout the history of the Christian church, men have endeavored to record the core fundamental beliefs of their faith.  Through creeds, catechisms, and other writings, they have sought to summarize and memorialize their beliefs and convictions.  I am not a theologian…just a simple sinner saved by the grace of Almighty God.  That said, as Christians we are all members of a royal priesthood, and I believe that it is important to know what we believe and to be able to state it clearly for others.  As a father and a worker in Children’s Ministry, I have found that this is especially important in order to be able to answer questions raised by kids with clear, concise, and generally brief answers.

So, I decided a useful exercise would be to begin to record my Christian beliefs in short concise statements (I hope).  I do not intend for these to represent my own personal systematic theology or to cover all aspects of the Christian faith.  It is not my intent to expand on the why of my beliefs, but simply to list what my beliefs are.  I also don’t have a plan for how frequently I might put one of these entries together.  Instead they will represent my feeble attempt to respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit think a little more deeply about what I believe about selected doctrines and issues.  That said, I want these entries to represent what I believe and not just what “I feel.”  The heart is, after all, “deceitful above all things.”  So, I will endeavor to include scripture references wherever possible.  I think of it as a cheat sheet for what I believe.

So, that is WHAT I am doing.  The next logical question is, WHY am I recording them here on my blog.  There are actually three reasons,

  1. Why not?  I’ll already have them written down. 🙂
  2. I hope in some small way that they may help someone to clarify their own beliefs.
  3. I am hoping that the readers of this blog can help me out.  I am not a trained theologian.  I’ve never been to seminary.  The closest I’ve ever come to a class on Systematic Theology is that I own Wayne Grudem’s book.  I read my Bible, but I don’t consider myself a scholar.  If I miss something or misstate something, I hope that someone will point it out!

I’ve decided to start with my beliefs on the issue of sin.  There have been a lot in the news stories recently where people have been ridiculed, lambasted or otherwise ridiculed for their beliefs on particular sins (be that abortion, homosexuality, marriage, divorce, or anything else).  Rather than addressing each sin individually, it seemed like a good time to step back and examine my beliefs on sin in general.

Here’s what I believe:

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