By Jeremy Carroll
What is most necessary? Ok, that’s a reasonably broad query. What about this: what’s the most Important message we will share with youngsters?
If I had the chance to sit down throughout from you and ask this query, we would focus on easy statements like: “Jesus loves you.”
“I love you.”
“You matter to me.”
“You were created on purpose, for a purpose.”
And I’d concur with you that every one of those are nice messages that kids want to listen to. In reality, I consider they are surely simply other ways of constructing a very powerful message child pleasant. Let’s hear what Paul says is a very powerful in 1 Corinthians 15.
“For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (CSB)
This is a very powerful message that children want to listen to. We name it the gospel, or excellent news of Jesus’ love and forgiveness.
The youngsters we serve are listening to messages from a large number of voices, aren’t they? These voices are all competing within the minds of youngsters to be thought of “most important.”
But as followers of Jesus, now we have a very powerful message within the historical past of the universe. We have the message that may meet each little one’s best want. This is not any small task.
In reality, Paul reminds the church in Corinth earlier in his letter simply how necessary our job is when he writes that we, as Christians, ought to be considered “. . . as servants of Christ and managers of the mysteries of God. In this regard, it is required that managers be found faithful.” – 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 (CSB)
As followers of Jesus, and probably to a larger diploma as youngsters ministry leaders and lecturers (see James 3:1), we’re required to be discovered trustworthy managers (stewards) of the mysteries of God, in any other case referred to as the gospel – this most necessary message.
So enable me to encourage you, youngsters ministry chief. Whether you might be paid employees or volunteer employees, whether or not you’re a weekly Bible research trainer or VBS rotation chief, what you do issues. The position to which you have been referred to as issues. Your ministry and relationship with the kids of your church issues. You have been charged as a supervisor and steward of the message of the excellent news of Jesus’ love and forgiveness. Let’s attempt to be discovered trustworthy with how we deal with that message as we take that task significantly to share this excellent news with youngsters.
Here are 3 tricks to take our position as managers of the gospel message significantly.
- Invest in your individual private relationship with Jesus. Jesus loves you. He died so you may very well be forgiven, as nicely. It’s not only a message we need to share with others. This is a very powerful message for us, too. If we’re to be discovered trustworthy, we should first consider it and stay it out in our personal lives.
- Pray. Pray for the youngsters in your class/group/ministry. Pray for them by title. Pray for his or her households. Our ministry is a religious ministry, and we should battle on the religious battlefield. (See Ephesians 6:10-20.)
- Plan and be ready. Faithfully managing the mysteries of God (the gospel) won’t occur accidentally. Be intentional with how you propose your time with the youngsters you serve. Build in instances of direct gospel dialog. To borrow a phrase utilized by CentriKid camps, “use your 60” – make each minute rely.
Jeremy Carroll is the Lifeway Kids Ministry Publishing Manager for VBS and Discipleship sources. Before coming to Lifeway, he has been energetic in native church ministry for almost 20 years in TN, TX, and AL. Jeremy earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. A Middle Tennessee native, he and his household stay in Murfreesboro, TN.