by Melissa Hoyt
Are children worth teaching?
Can they comprehend the deep spiritual truths of Jesus?
Sometimes we see the children’s ministry at church as someone just watching our children while we really worship God and comprehend the deep truths of God.
I recently had the opportunity to teach the Kindergarten-5th grade class about Thomas doubting that Jesus was alive. To see the kids faces come to life as we read God’s Word and them get excited about God’s Word is always amazing for me to see. And a few weeks before that I taught a group of 2nd graders about Jonah and the Big Fish. Those kids began to understand that we serve a great big God who will discipline us when we need because He loves us so much.
Teaching the children at our church should not be viewed as a second class job. It is a very important job and should be a highly sought after position to fill. In Stonebridge Kids, we don’t just keep your children busy while you are doing the more spiritual things in the worship service. I believe just as much teaching and spiritual depth can occur in your child’s classes as in the worship services. It is a blessing to teach children!
I recently came across this article by Nick Batzig called “The Blessing of Teaching the Children”:
Nick Batzig begins with this observation:
“Overlooking the importance of ministry to the children of the church is not something unique to our own day and time–it was actually quite common in Jesus’ day. In Mark 10:13-16, we read:
And they were bringing children to him 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.”
“We tend to look down on the call to work personally with the children in the church because it is, at times, more challenging to keep their attention, and almost all the time lacks the prestige and praise of men after which we so often sinfully seek.”
It is true that teaching children can be more challenging than teaching adults, but there blessings in doing it! And while most of the time it’s not too glamorous, Batzig breaks down 4 main blessings in teaching children deep truths of scripture:
- The blessing of remembering the central truths.
- The blessing of growing in your ability to break down the deep truths.
- The blessing of watching the children of the church process God’s truth.
- The blessing of knowing that you are planting seeds of truth for life.
We have a great privilege to teach our children at Stonebridge. And we have amazing teachers that don’t take teaching children as a blessing for granted. Batzig ends his article with: “One of the most important and rewarding ministries we can ever enter in on is that of ministering the truth of God’s word to the children of a local church.”
Will you take some time to encourage and thank the teachers who teach the children at Stonebridge the deep spiritual truths about Jesus?
If God is convicting you, will you confess that you have not seen ministering to our children as an important opportunity in the church?
Thank the Lord that He convicts us and continues to bless us as we reach out and teach our children the deep spiritual truths of God!