A teacher hasn’t taught until the student has learned. With the gospel, learning is used by the Spirit to produce change – in our thinking, our desires, and our activities. So it makes sense to see what the product looks like. It also makes sense to assess the perceived impact our efforts have made.
By Robert Palmer. When the church’s children receive the sacramental sign and seal of identification with God’s earthly people, the covenant community is expressing both a longing and a commitment. From the youngest to the oldest, God’s people are promising to give themselves to a lifestyle characterized by self-emptying.
Both parents and church are responsible to take seriously the covenant promises of God. This means to nurture and disciple the children with great care, with all the beliefs and hopes that they are among the children of God.
By Judy Bryson. For some children, Pioneer Clubs may be the only Christian activity they are exposed to. Others may find it a harmonious reinforcement to what they have been taught at home and church.
Whenever the Session sets out to make plans for the future, they must take great care to give themselves to earnest and fervent prayer that the Lord would grant wisdom and power to carry out their plan for His glory.
While leaders in the church must be concerned about the purity of the faith and shepherding God’s people, they need to be people of vision who know how to set direction for the church’s ministry, communicate that clearly to the church, and through training and guidance, help each member know where he or she fits in that overall ministry.