Acts 2:39 says, “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.” This verse encourages us to develop families that reach both near (our own households) and far (those outside of the faith). I call this the Grover principle because of the skit above. Here are three biblical foundations to keep in mind as you mobilize your family for far and near. Continue Reading…
This past Sunday, Sojourn’s kids studied the Armor of God from Ephesians 6:10-18. We learned:
- We are in a spiritual war.
- God gives us spiritual armor.
- Christ is our protection.
Below, you can see some pictures of kids at Sojourn East and bigger kids at Sojourn Midtown dressed up in the whole armor. We had a lot of fun introducing kids to the way that our Warrior God protects us from Satan and his schemes by giving us salvation, righteousness, peace, faith, truth, and His Word.
We also used some great coloring sheets drawn by Sojourn artist Mandy Groce. You can download them from http://ministry-to-children.com here:
- Armor of God pieces | print friendly pdf | jpeg image 611K
- Girl coloring page | print friendly pdf | jpeg image 405K
- Boy boy coloring page| print friendly pdf | jpeg image 421K
There are two versions of the coloring page – one picturing a boy and the other picturing a girl. The children have the phrase “strong and courageous” written on their t-shirts. The third sheet is the pieces of the full armor of God. We had the children cut and paste those pieces to construct the final picture.
The goal of this class is to answer the questions of kids and their parents who are seeking to understand the gospel, salvation, baptism, and assurance. We want to partner with parents, who have been commanded to teach their kids about God. Our hope is that this class will be a catalyst for more gospel conversations between parents and their children. The first session covers issues related to Jesus and salvation. The second session covers issues related to baptism and assurance.
Next Class: Classes will meet again on Sundays, October 17th & 24th. Register here.
In a new post on the Resurgence, church-planter and former Sojourn pastor Dustin Neely writes about keeping watch on your family dashboard so that your family doesn’t burn up or burn out like a bad engine. Here are the three gauges that he explores:
1. The speedometer. This is the “pacing” question: are we moving at a healthy pace that we can sustain, or are we running in the red? We can’t just monitor the things from ministry that directly include us, but we must also factor in the other things that make life what it is: soccer, gymnastics, the kids’ school, health, marriage, money, and home repairs. Never make this pace assessment alone. Men are not typically emotionally intuitive and can be blind to the relational redlining occurring. If you don’t believe me, just ask your wife. She will tell you the real truth.
2. The RPMs. This is the stress question. How hard are we pushing to make this thing go? Are we shifting gears smoothly in our relationships or are we “grinding the gears” like a 16-year-old driving a stick shift for the first time with a critical Dad in the passenger seat? Do Mom and Dad need more time together—alone? Is more time or energy needed with a particular child? You can usually “listen to the engine” through the tone of the conversations taking place at home to monitor the stress level.
3. The gas gauge. This is the margin question. Every ministry family I know is strapped for time and often other resources. The families that go the distance are the ones that have enough gas in their tank for the long haul. They are consciously and consistently refueling through weekly days off: “Date Nights,” “Daddy Dates,” vacations, and daily spiritual tune-ups to keep the engine running more efficiently. Again, if you want to know exactly how much gas is really in the family or marriage tank, ask your wife. She knows.
Take a look at this photo stream from the launch of the Sojourn J-town campus last week. These shots were taken by SojournKids J-town deacon, David Kidd. And here are pix from the weeks leading up to the launch. This past week, there were already 74 kids at the J-town campus!