Called as New Creations in Christ and Christ’s Ambassadors
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Parents Training Their Children
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Deuteronomy 4:7, 20-25 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. When your son asks you in time to come, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies and the statutes and the rules that the Lord our God has commanded you?’ then you shall say to your son, ‘We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt. And the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. And the Lord showed signs and wonders, great and grievous, against Egypt and against Pharaoh and all his household, before our eyes. And he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in and give us the land that he swore to give to our fathers. And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as we are this day. And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us.’”
Who trained Timothy before Paul? Timothy was trained from childhood to know the Scriptures!
2 Timothy 1:5 “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”
2 Timothy 3:14-15 “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”
The Church Training Their Children
Mark 9:36-37 “And he (Jesus) took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.””
Mark 10:13-16 “And they were bringing children to him (Jesus) that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.”
God’s Commands Apply to All Regardless of Age
Ezra 7:10 “For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.”
Mark 12:29 “Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’”
Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Growing the Body of Christ
If Children’s Ministry is so vital, why do so few focus on children?
- Churches are so busy putting on Band-Aids of hurting adults and often they do not have time for missions.
- Missions often do not know how to lead Children’s Ministry or often just ignore children until they are adults.
- The young adults we are desperately seeking to reach today were yesterday’s children that we ignored. Ignored and pushedaside for 15+ years? Is it any wonder so many young adults have a wrong view of Christ and His Church?
What is being communicated at your church?
Consider the words of Jesus from Mark 9:36-37
“And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.””
Consider: When the church cares for children, the weakest among us, it communicates
- Everyone is important and always will be important
- The importance of today, but the greater importance of tomorrow, the future of the church (A sad example: Europe)
- The importance of a strong foundation for today, tomorrow and into eternity!
Children’s Ministry Reaches Three Generations at Once
- Future Generation: Children
- Next Generation: Youth and Young Adults
- Current Generation: Parents, Dads, Moms, Adults and Families
Great Commission: Proactive or Reactive?
- Reactive: Chasing after hardhearted adults we often ignored for 15 years?
- Proactive: Reaching children today that they may grow up into mature believers!