We Want to Call Children to Be GOD’S Kids
Kids who love the Gospel. Kids who are Learning to be Obedient to God.
Kids living as Disciples of Christ. Kids who use their gifts to Serve the body of Christ.
“As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:15
The Gospel is what makes us children of God. Ephesians 2:3–9 Declares we “were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” We want this truth to be the hope of our children and all children. That by the Gospel they might no longer be dead in sin but alive through Christ! The work of the Gospel was accomplished through Christ, but the proclamation of the Gospel happens through us. (Romans 10:14) We are blessed to be heralds of the good news to the next generation.
“teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:20
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18–20 Disciples of Christ need to learn to obey Christ, the great commission is not just to proclaim the Gospel but to make disciples who are living to learn obedience to God’s commands. We do not obey to earn God’s love, but because of His love through the Gospel we now learn to love obedience to him. Children can learn all that Christ has commanded, but there is one specific command to them that they will struggle to apply. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1 We want to love them in helping them to love God with active obedience to his commands.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples” Matthew 28:19
“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14–15 We can have confidence that Jesus loves children and he desires that all are made disciples. We make disciples not on our authority but under Christ’s authority. As children grow and confess faith in Christ we want to encourage them to be Disciples. Disciples put their faith in the Gospel and proclaim the Gospel. Disciples learn to obey Christ and use their gift to serve the body of Christ.
“…in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 4:11
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10–11 To love Christ is to love his body. We don’t want to only encourage children to love Jesus. We want to encourage them to express their love for Jesus by serving one another and others in the church.