Posts Tagged "Sunday School"

Carrying Heavy Stuff (Children’s Ministry Moment #11)


To me, one of the fun things about teaching large group is asking kids questions.  First of all, you get immediate feedback on whether or not what you are doing is working.  Secondly, you get to engage the kids.  However, I think the thing I like best is that you never know exactly what they are going to say.  It really keeps you on your toes.

This week, we were talking about Nehemiah and the providence and protection of God.  After laying out how God had worked through Nehemiah to do the impossible (rebuild the wall of Jerusalem in 52 days), I asked the kids what in their lives seemed like something impossible that God could help them with.

One little kindergarten aged girl raised her hand and said:

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The Shunammite Woman’s Son – II (Synopsis of Come Ye’ Children – Chapter 23)


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)


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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Abijah’s “Some Good Thing” II (Synopsis of Come Ye’ Children – Chapter 21)


This chapter continues Spurgeon’s discussion of the “the good thing” found in Abijah which started in the previous chapter.

Where was the good thing?

The “good thing” found in Abijah was not found in outward adornment, but the Bible tells us that it was found “in him.”  This causes Spurgeon to draw the following conclusion on the difference between outward religion and an inward relationship with Christ:

“The grand point is not to wear the garb, nor use the brogue of religion, but to possess the life of God within, and feel and think as Jesus would have done because of that inner life. Small is the value of external religion unless it be the outcome of a life within.”

The “good thing” was found in Abijah.  This implies that it did not require much searching.  In other words, the “good thing” was easily discernable in Abijah.  Spurgeon notes that piety in children is generally easily discernable:

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Abijah’s “Some Good Thing” (Synopsis of Come Ye’ Children – Chapter 20)


The Lord usually brings the rod before he brings the axe.  So starts this chapter based on the story of King Jeroboam and his son Abijah.  In this story recounted in 1 Kings 14, Jeroboam’s son Abijah had fallen sick.   So the King sent his wife, in disguise, to see the prophet Ahijah to find out what the fate of the boy would be.  The prophet told the Queen that as a result of all the evil King Jeroboam had committed that the kingdom would be ripped away from him and that every male in the house of Jeroboam would be cut off.  Regarding the King’s son Abijah, Ahijah told Jeroboam’s wife that  he was appointed to die as soon as her feet step back into the city and would not suffer the fate of the reminder of Jeroboam’s family.  This was because in Abiajh was found “some good thing toward Jehovah, God of Israel.”  The “some good thing” serves as the basis for this chapter and the next.  Spurgeon examines the “some good thing” found in Abijah that led God to spare him from the fate that befell the rest of the house of Jeroboam.

What was the “good thing?” found in Abijah

The Bible does not tell us specifically what form “the good thing” found in Abijah took.  Despite the lack of information regarding “the good thing,” Spurgeon asserts that there is something we can be certain of.  That is that the child must have had faith.  Spurgeon reminds us that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  Since God showed Abijah grace in not allowing his to fall victim to the fate of the rest of King Jeroboam’s family is an indication that Abijah was likely a childhood believer in the Lord God.

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