Why do I feel so down? Why does my ministry seem flat? Why am I not satisfied to be serving? Why are the visitors not returning? Why do we have the issues we have with the children? What if the answer to the questions is – me? Ecclesiastes 9:18 & 10:1 hit me like a brick.
“Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good. Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savor: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor.”
Am I the sinner that is destroying the good in my ministry? Am I the dead fly that makes it seem all vain service? We need to remember to look inward before we speak outwardly to others. As someone who preaches occasionally, this is a stinging rebuke if we are not clean ourselves before we get up to share God’s Word. May we never be the problem! May we ask God to reveal to us daily any sin that we have in our life!
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Colossians 1:9-10 “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;”
We as Bible teachers are not merely around for “content dump.” We are there to help apply the content to the kids’ lives.
1) Power of Prayer – Paul said they “do not cease to pray” for the Colossians. We NEED to be praying for the children we minister to!
2) The Goal – Start with content: “knowledge of His will” with “spiritual wisdom and understanding.” We want the kids to get the knowledge that is in Scripture, but it is much more effective when it is applied to their lives. The ultimate goal is to see the kids “walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing.” Paul wanted the Colossians to live to the Christian life, not just know about it. I once heard wisdom defined as the “application of Biblical knowledge.” Do we not want those we minister unto to be wise Christians no matter their age?
3) The Outcome — “bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” Do we not want the kids to do good works? Do we not want them to be growing (actively and continually) in God’s knowledge on a daily basis?
May we as teachers seek to apply the Bible in a practical way so that the kids will see the Bible is relevant for today and that they have a desire to live a life that is pleasing to God.
Well, it’s been a VERY long time since I have been able to blog! Here is a quick lesson to help us remember our responsibility to the children we are intrusted with each week.
Every man, every child, must be warned.
We have a job as teachers to warn our students of sin and of their need for salvation.
It’s the replacement principle! – When we warn, we must teach them to do better. Warning and teaching must be done together.
We must warn with wisdom
- Teaching to their maturiy (capability)
- Teaching at the right moment (circumstances)
- Teaching with the right method (capacity)
Our aim should be the improvement and salvation of our students
Our teaching must be with labor and not negligence
- The more we labor in the work of the Lord, the greater measure of help we may expect from Him.
In children’s ministry we only have a short window of time to make an impact on the children we minister to. Here is a little video we made to help us realize that that window is closing rapidly.
The elements and ideas were taken from other blogs such as this one.
Long time, no post! I just got finished my busiest season of the year. It lasts about 6 weeks, from 2 weeks before Junior Camp to the Saturday after VBS. During VBS it was easy to look ahead to my “rest period!”
Don’t forget what you are in the middle of! Remember where God has placed you! Remember your task at hand! I heard from my pastor once, “wherever you are, be all there.”
It is so simple sometimes to get in the groove of serving with children. “Oh, I’ve done this before, I know what to do.”
A lot of times we don’t even pray that God would lead us as to what program to run, what songs to sing, what words to say, etc. It is as if we are saying, “God, I’ve got this, I’ve done it before without you.” Don’t forget God!! We can’t do anything without His power! Abide in God over your class for as John 15:5 says, “without me ye can do nothing.”
Don’t short-change the children God has brought your way for that hour or so! God has you with those kids, at that moment, in that situation for a reason!
Here is another object lesson but this time it is from our new boys club we have on Wednesday nights over the summer. We are attempting to make this boys club more than just a teaching time in the classroom. We are trying to have the boys be active and then apply an activity to a Biblical principle. So today I taught on “Sin: not always just missing the mark.”
I brought out a target and a BB gun.
I told the boys that a lot of times we look at our sin as just “missing the mark” of God’s holiness, but it is much worse than just “missing.” We do miss His mark of holiness, but I wanted the boys to recognize the seriousness of sin. On my shooting target, you get 10 points for a bulls-eye and 9 for just missing. Sin is much worse than a 9 on God’s target. Sin is saying, “oh, that target over there is Ephesians 6 and I know I’m supposed to obey my parents, but that target on the other side of the shooting range looks much better” and we take the shot. We don’t always just miss God’s target for our life, many times we outright shoot at an entirely different target.
We are defiant in our sin, we don’t just mistakingly sin. We know what we are supposed to do and where we are supposed to go, we just don’t want to obey!
All too often we make sin to be much less than it is. “Oh, I just missed the mark, I just made a mistake.” Sin isn’t just making a mistake or missing the mark. It’s finding our own target and aiming for that. We need to be careful, especially with our children to not desensitize them to the wickedness and dangers of sin.
After the talk the activity was to have all of the boys shoot 3 times and they each got to keep a target and a BB to help them to remember that sin isn’t always just “missing the mark.”
Well, it has been a little while since I last posted! I wish I could say I was on vacation, but I was doing something better—preparing for Jr. camp! Well, next week I’ll be at Jr. camp which will keep me from posting until Friday night about how the week went. Junior camp is always a blast and I can’t wait! Here is a poster I made to go along with the Basic Training theme.
Here is our VBS promotional postcard that we used this year.
We normally get 3000 of these printed and hand out 1000 to our church families asking them to invite their friends and we canvass the streets with the other 2000 for a month prior to VBS. The back of the postcard then has all the information including dates, times, ages, etc. By the way, I’m not promoting Jeff Gordon fandom, I just thought his car was the most colorful for the postcard.
What are some ways your church promotes VBS to your church families and community?
Part four of my series on the Life of Elijah.
Feel free to use for yourself!
Elijah’s Self Pity– Have you forgotten God and what He’s done?
1 Kings 19:1-18
I. Elijah’s Running (1 Kings 19:1-3)
- Elijah flees from Jezebel (19:3) – After a great victory for God, Elijah is ensnared by the fear of man
II. Elijah’s Request (19:4-14)
- Elijah requests the God take his life (19:4)
- God asks Elijah twice what he is doing in a cave rather than serving Him (19:9 & 13)
- Elijah responds both times in the same manner; “I am all alone. No one else is serving you.” (19:10)
- After giving Elijah two chances to respond correctly, God finally gives Elijah his final order.
III. Elijah”s Replacement (19:15-18)
- God tells Elijah to go to anoint Elisha to take his place as prophet. (19:16) - It amazes me sometimes that we live our lives as though God needs us to serve Him. God can use anyone, but He doesn’t have to use anyone. God at this point says to Elijah, “Go anoint your replacement.” I can’t help but think of the other things Elijah may have done for God before anointing Elisha. I do believe Elijah recommitted himself to the work of God, but what if he remained committed throughout?
I know that this is a bare outline, but I am hoping this will help someone!