Posts Tagged "Doctrine"
DEFINITION: DOCTRINE means teaching or instruction. When people are talking about the Bible or the Church, DOCTRINE refers to those things which are taught in the Bible.
EXPLANATION: When people talk about Doctrine they mean those truths that are taught in the Bible and are always true. For example, a math book might teach you that 2 + 2 equals 4. In the same way, the Bible teaches us that Christ died for our sins. That is DOCTRINE.
Last month’s unveiling of the NEW AND IMPROVED Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol seems to have been a success. I hope that you will find this month’s equally as useful. There are a lot of people out there dedicated to Children and Children’s Ministry publishing great and useful stuff on the internet. This is my attempt to try to compile some of the best of that information into one place for your perusal.
With that introduction, let’s have a look at some articles you might have missed this month:
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Charles H. Spurgeon lived from 1834 through 1892 and is known as “The Prince of Preachers.” He was the pastor at New Park Street Chapel in London for 38 years beginning in April 1854 at age tender age of 19. A prolific writer and preacher, Mr. Spurgeon authored over 3,500 sermons, numerous books, letters, and much more. He is most well known for his voluminous sermons, his commentary on the Psalms called “A Treasury of David” and his Mornings and Evenings Devotionals. Mr. Spurgeon was a master teacher, and he held a special place in his heart for children. He built an orphanage for boys and girls, promoted the teaching of God’s Word to young children, and generally held children in rather high esteem for his day and age.
At some point in his preaching career, Mr. Spurgeon wrote a small book titled “Come Ye’ Children” named after the well known scripture from Psalm 34:11. The book is subtitled “A Book for Parents and Teachers on the Christian Training of Children” and is recognized as one of the most valuable books ever written on the subject the Christian training of Children. It has been used in seminaries since Spurgeon penned it for instructing students on the conversion of children.
Over the next twenty-plus weeks, we will look in depth at this gem handed down to us from the “Prince of Preachers.” We will see that, although written over 100 years ago, Mr. Spurgeon offers timeless truths and practical ideas for teaching kids about Christ gleaned from the Word of God. I hope that through this rather detailed synopsis, a whole new generation of Children’s Pastors and Children’s Ministry workers will benefit from the biblical wisdom Pastor Spurgeon offers in this work over 100 years ago. I am passionate about working with children, and I have included many editorial comments in this synopsis which support or, hopefully, expand on Mr. Spurgeon’s original words. I have included a link at the bottom of each post to the original text for each chapter. I hope that will help you to distinguish between my thoughts and those offered by Mr. Spurgeon. With that said, let’s get started with Chapter 1!
Chapter 1 – “Feed My Lambs” – How to Do It
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.
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!
- 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.
- Practical tips for working with 4 & 5 year olds.
- This article looks at advice for teaching first and second graders.
- This article offers 77 bits of insight related to recruiting and working with volunteers.
Tuesday (May 12, 2009)
- Perry Noble begins a series on four areas any Christian Minister/Ministry will face.
- This article asks a collection of people involved in Children’s Ministry what they think of the issue of children’s baptism. I like this new feature from Ministry-to-Children.comfeature so much that I wrote a separate blog entry about it last week
- In this final installment of this series, Jabberfrog looks at the skill of giving to God.
- 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.
- In this article, Trevin Wax challenges Pastors to preach large sections of Scripture from memory.
- 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.”
- 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!
“The Blog Patrol” enters its second month of existence with this week’s post. I hope that everyone is finding it a useful summary of relevant blog articles. The response I’m getting is overwhelmingly positive, so I plan to continue “The Blog Patrol” indefinitely. There were two big conferences on Children’s Ministry this past week (Orange and Children Desiring God), which may explain the heavy Children’s Ministry content this week.
Wednesday (April 29, 2009)
- Terry Delaney provides insight into how to get your children to pray – both your own children and children you interact with in ministry.
- This article from Geoff Ashley looks at God’s love under the light of sovereign election.
- From Stuff Christians Like, this article looks at the age old question of why God allows suffering and what our response to it should be.
- This article looks at Dennis Gundersen’s booklet “Your Child’s Profession of Faith” which deals with the issue of knowing whether or not your children are truly saved.