Having grown up in the church my entire life, I know what a typical "church kid" feels when they are squirming around in the pew.
Squirms: I heard a story about a little boy, while sitting with his family in a church pew one particular Sunday, began to irritate those around him. Eventually, the boy's father asked him if he needed to go outside. 'Yes' the boy exclaimed exclaimed, 'This service is boring!'
Immediately, the little boy and father, with the mother's permission, went outside so the little boy might be taught a lesson. After the lesson was taught, the father, with tears in his eyes, hugged the little boy and told him that what was going on inside the church was the most important thing in life and that he and his mother loved him so much, that they wanted the little boy to hear what was happening inside!
That little boy may or may not be the author of this post...
Bible Times: God's word speaks of how ALL God's people would gather together for worship. Old men and women, parents, children, and everyone in between.
Deuteronomy 6:4b-7 "The Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and might. These words that I command you today shall be on your heart. Teach them diligently to your children, talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise.
What do we teach our kids?: "The Lord is one. Love him with our whole heart, soul and might."
We live in a world with MANY opposing views on everything. Christianity gets mixed in with a lot of other competing worldviews.
-You really believe in creation?
-It doesn't matter who you choose to love. Just don't tell me what I'm doing is wrong.
-You believe in ONE way to heaven after death? How can you be so narrow minded?
How do we teach that the Lord is one? This is super overwhelming!
Good News: We don't talk about some distant god who doesn't know us. We get the privilege to share with our children the good news of the Gospel, the God who became man and experienced suffering and persecution.
Philippians 2:6-8 "Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross."
Christ became nothing. For you. We can teach our children that we have a God who is with us, whom we can love with our whole heart, soul, and might.
How do we teach our kids?: "You 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."
Moms, the best way for you to communicate these truths to your children about who God is, is by living out your faith.
Admit your faults.
Christian mother: We love you. We thank God for you. We encourage you to love and teach your kids about the God who loves you and loves your children.
WCC Director of Children's Ministry