April 13th, 2018
Sunday Bible Class
Our curriculum is Bible Studies for Life. The lessons scheduled for this week are:
Spanish Preschool: La bienvenida a Jesús
English Preschool: Breakfast with Jesus
School Age: Peter Had Breakfast with Jesus
Please take the time to look at the Activity Pages that your children bring home. You will find the Bible story, suggested Scripture reading for the week, and instructions for how to download the Bible Studies for Life app.
We love seeing your children in Bible class. The more frequently they come, the more likely they are to build stronger relationships with the other children and with the teachers. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
-Caleb Bergman read Bible in class.
-Jonathan Delisma read Bible in class.
-Audrey Harris was asking how to share the Bible with a friend.
-Marissa Navarro read Bible in class.
-Dustin Padilla has a birthday today.
-Dustin Padilla read Bible in class.
-Fernando Pando has a birthday on April 17.
-Luke Parsard remembers and applies information previously learned about Jesus.
-The preschool class had good participation from Holden Bonds, Alexis Kiddoe, Henry Lowrance, Oliver Lowrance, Levi Parsard, Maya Pino, Lucas Solorzano, and Olivia Suarez.
-The K-2nd Grade Class had good participation from Jacob Bergman, Giovanni Delisma, Natalie Harris, and Luke Parsard.
Mark Your Calendar
Noche de Alabanza
Million Meal Pack
Kids stay in worship with parents
May 19 and 20
Last Session of Awana
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
This is a general truth, not a specific promise. Yet, we want to create a family culture that allows us to shepherd their hearts.
A recent LifeWay Research study talked to churchgoers who have adult children ages 18 to 30 to discover what parenting practices were in common where young adults remained faithful.
The research (compiled now in the new book Nothing Less) indicated that children who remained faithful as young adults grew up in homes where certain practices were present.
BIBLE READING – The biggest factor was Bible reading. Children who regularly read the Bible while they were growing up were more likely to have a vibrant spiritual life once they became adults. This is not surprising. God’s Word is powerful. The Bible lays out the great story of our world and helps us interpret our lives and make decisions within the framework of a biblical worldview. Bible reading is a constant reminder that we live as followers of God. Our King has spoken. He reigns over us. We want to walk in his ways.
PRAYER AND SERVICE – Two more factors follow close behind: prayer and service in church. The practice of prayer did not specify whether it was private or corporate, before meals or before bedtime, or in the morning. But prayer was present.
Note that the church-related factor is about service, not just attendance. It wasn’t that parents took their kids to church, but that the children were included in the church through the avenue of service. The habit of serving others likely formed these young adults in a way that kept them from identifying as a churchgoing “consumer,” but instead as a contributor to the building up of God’s people.
SINGING CHRISTIAN SONGS – What may surprise you is how high up on the list was this factor: listening primarily to Christian music. Christian contemporary music gets a bad rap these days, usually for being more inspirational than theological. Still, we shouldn’t dismiss the truth behind Augustine’s ancient observation that we sing the truth into our hearts. When we sing together as congregations and when we praise God on our own or sing songs that fortify our faith, we reinforce the beauty of our faith. (Also noteworthy was the finding lower on the list, that listening primarily to secular music was an indicator that negatively affected spiritual life.)
CULTURE, NOT PROGRAMS – For decades now, many Christians have assumed that certain church programs are the key factors in a child’s spiritual development: VBS, Sunday School, Youth Group, and so on. But the research study that these programs make an impact when they are connected to consistent habits of prayer, Bible reading, praise, and service. It’s the culture of the family and church, and that they integrate children and young people into spiritual disciplines, not the how that matters most.
Also notable is the impact of the parents’ example of reading Scripture, taking part in service projects, sharing their faith, and asking forgiveness after sinning. In other words, the more the repentant, joyful Christian life was modeled, the more likely children were to remain in the faith.
THE POWER OF IMITATION AND ENVIRONMENT – No one should assume there’s a surefire formula to bring about the result of a faithful kid. But don’t underestimate the Spirit’s power to work through the environment you create for your home either. Nothing Less shows that there’s power in faithful, Christian imitation. Children are more likely to repent and ask forgiveness when they’ve seen parents do so, and when they’ve experienced grace in human relationships. Children are more likely to aspire to faithful Christianity when they see joyful service as a virtue modeled in the home.
What kind of culture do we want in our homes and churches? What space are we creating for our children to flourish? How are we rooting our families in God’s Word? How are we modeling prayer and repentance? What does faithfulness look like in our home? What are the songs that are in our hearts and on our lips? How are we fulfilling the Great Commission? Let’s ask these questions and beg God to work in us and through us, for his glory and our families’ good.
Condensed from "Parents, Take Note of the Spiritual Practices Common to Kids Who Flourish As Adults" by Trevin Wax from thegospelcoalition.org