Wielding Weapons for our Children's Joy
“Today, a frightening number of kids are growing up in churches and Christian homes without ever being captured by the gospel of Jesus … They look back and realize that they learned much about Christian behavior and churchy experiences, but whatever they learned about Jesus didn’t really change them. They never saw him so strikingly that he became their one, overriding hope and their greatest love. They were never convinced that Jesus is better—a zillion times better—than anything else …
Our goal must be for kids to catch this rock-their-world vision of Jesus. Is this far-fetched? Not at all. We have the message of God’s love in Christ. We also have prayer and the Holy Spirit. We have the weapons to win this supernatural war. Knowing this, we must faithfully show kids, at every opportunity, how Jesus is that much better. We must also believe it ourselves, so that our lives among these kids confirm Jesus’ power to change sinners.” — Jack Klumpenhower, Show Them Jesus
With vision like that, it’s hard not to get excited about wielding these weapons of warfare in our attempt to show Jesus to the children of Five Points. Parents are given the primary responsibility to disciple their children (Deuteronomy 6:7), but as a local church our hope is to come alongside and partner with parents as we seek to see the next generation pursuing their joy in Christ alone. We’re desiring to carry out our Children’s Ministry in a way that best fosters that partnership.
This fall, we will be launching a new curriculum in our Children’s Ministry called The Gospel Project. It’s a three-year chronological study that will take us through the Bible to show that it is not just a collection of stories, but one unified story—God’s story of redemption.
As we point kids to Jesus, this curriculum is designed to show how all of Scripture gives testimony to Jesus Christ while helping kids grasp essential doctrines of the Christian faith. Each lesson is Christ-centered and points to Jesus Christ as the true hero of the story, that he might be their “overriding hope and their greatest love.”
In addition to being Christ-centered, every class (Preschool-Grade 6) will be studying the same lesson every week. This age-alignment will help parents with multiple children who are trying to engage in this parent/church partnership.
Additional resources are also available for parents. Each week, there will be a “Big Picture Card” that outlines the main point of each lesson, states the big picture question for the unit, and shows how the passage points forward to Christ. There is also an app available that provides activities to reinforce the lesson at home and can help your kids stay on track with us if they miss a Sunday.
We’re excited to implement this chronological study in Children’s Ministry and help kids understand how Scripture ties together, from Genesis to Revelation. Furthermore, there will also be an adult Bible Study Hour class going through The Gospel Project for Adults. If you are a parent and would be helped by going through the same material as your children and better understanding how to engage them with the material, The Gospel Project for Adults will be on the same track as Children’s Ministry. Maybe you don’t have kids, but you want to have a better grasp of redemptive history—this class is for you as well.
These are some of the largest, most important truths we can be communicating to our kids and to the world. Would you join us in this supernatural war? The call to show Jesus to the children of Five Points is not left just to parents or a select few.
We are all called to display to these children where our supreme treasure lies. To show them that Jesus is infinitely better than anything this world has to offer. Will you pray with us? Will you rock a baby while telling them of the greatness of God? Will you explain to a 4-year-old how even at the beginning of creation, Jesus was there holding everything together?
Will you encourage kids to thank God for everything they enjoy in creation, and display what a thankful heart looks like? With the Holy Spirit in us, and a willingness to be used by him, how will God use you in ordinary conversations? How will God use you in an hour of service in the nursery? Or an hour of discussion with a group of second graders? Or a ten-minute game with preschoolers that points them to the creativity of the God we serve?
Consider your own testimony and ask God how he might use you in the lives of the children of Five Points, that they would find their supreme joy in Christ alone.