Posts Tagged "Family Ministry"

Nothing New Under the Sun and Children’s Ministry

This year, I have been reading through Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotional. Well, I’ve gotten a little bit behind, and I am busy “catching up.” This morning, I was reading the evening devotional for July 11 and found a rather startling entry based on the verse in Joel 1:3 which reads, “Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation.”

Spurgeon wrote:

In this simple way, by God’s grace, a living testimony for truth is always to be kept alive in the land—the beloved of the Lord are to hand down their witness for the gospel, and the covenant to their heirs, and these again to their next descendants. This is our first duty, we are to begin at the family hearth: he is a bad preacher who does not commence his ministry at home. The heathen are to be sought by all means, and the highways and hedges are to be searched, but home has a prior claim, and woe unto those who reverse the order of the Lord’s arrangements. To teach our children is a personal duty; we cannot delegate it to Sunday school teachers, or other friendly aids; these can assist us, but cannot deliver us from the sacred obligation; proxies and sponsors are wicked devices in this case: mothers and fathers must, like Abraham, command their households in the fear of God, and talk with their offspring concerning the wondrous works of the Most High. Parental teaching is a natural duty—who so fit to look to the child’s well-being as those who are the authors of his actual being? To neglect the instruction of our offspring is worse than brutish. Family religion is necessary for the nation, for the family itself, and for the church of God. By a thousand plots Popery is covertly advancing in our land, and one of the most effectual means for resisting its inroads is left almost neglected, namely, the instruction of children in the faith. Would that parents would awaken to a sense of the importance of this matter. It is a pleasant duty to talk of Jesus to our sons and daughters, and the more so because it has often proved to be an accepted work, for God has saved the children through the parents’ prayers and admonitions. May every house into which this volume shall come honour the Lord and receive his smile.

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What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Redemption by Sam Luce

image image It’s been a while since I did an installment from the book What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry, and this one is long overdue.  In the book Sam Luce chose the Word “Redemption” as What Matters Now.

Sam starts with a great summary of the importance of redemption:

One of the greatest messages we can give to every family we come in contact with is the message of redemption. In kids’ ministry, today, we deal with more broken hearts and broken families than ever before. I believe every family needs to experience the power of redemption.

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CM TeleSummit – Why Family Ministry Is Not an Option – Rob Rienow

cmtelesummit Here is my next installment of notes from the CMTelesummit.

  • Talk from D6 conference
  • VisionaryParenting.com
  • Rainer – What percentage of people who say they’re Christian and can explain the basics of the gospel? 
    • Before 1946: 65%
    • Between 1946-1964: 35%
    • Between 1965-1976 15%
    • Between 1976-1994: 4%
  • Evangelism and discipleship in crisis, and it’s a generational crisis
  • Not a crisis of the church, but a crisis of the home
  • Up until 1900, no confusion in church about who’s job it was to pass faith on to kids
  • Starting in late 1890’s new experiment – age segregated, church building based evangelism and discipleship to kids
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The Shunammite Woman’s Son – II (Synopsis of Come Ye’ Children – Chapter 23)

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We have now come to the final chapter of Spurgeon’s book of advice to those who work with kids both in church and as parents.  In this final chapter, Spurgeon continues to examine what we can learn from the story of Elisha and the Shunammite woman’s son.  He turns first to the location where the dead boy was placed and the method by which Elisha raised the boy.  Spurgeon notes that:

“The great secret lies in a large measure in powerful supplication.”

Elisha went into the room, shut the door, and prayed to the Lord.  As teachers and workers in Children’s Ministry, our power must come from God, and that power comes in large part through prayer.  Spurgeon explains:

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The Shunammite Woman’s Son (Synopsis of Come Ye’ Children – Chapter 22)

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In 2 Kings 4, we read the story of Elisha and the Shunammite woman.  The Shunammite woman was a wealthy woman who always invited Elisha in to stay in her house when he passed her way.  Elisha stayed so often that she eventually convinced her husband to build a small room on the roof for Elisha to stay.  The woman had no children, and in return for her hospitality, Elisha pronounced to her that she would have a son within the next year.

When the woman’s son had grown he began to complain of a headache and eventually died.  The woman put him in the room on the roof and set off to go find Elisha.  When Elisha heard the news, he sent his servant (Gehazi) ahead of him to lay his staff on the boy.  On his way to the boy, Elisha met Gehazi who eas returning to tell him that the staff had failed to awaken the child.  When Elisha arrived and found the boy still dead, he went into the room, laid on top of him and revived the child from death.

In this chapter and the next, Spurgeon explores the lessons to be learned from this story.  Although this story deals with the actual physical death of a child, Spurgeon notes that those of us in Children’s Ministry deal with the spiritual deaths of children.  That is a reality that is important for us to recognize.  Spurgeon explains:

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