One of the things I love about going to conferences is coming home with more than I left with. Last week I was honored to be able to help Jim Wideman lead his Infuse 7 retreat. Infuse is like a conference for 20-30 people with fewer main sessions and way more opportunities to connect. I did a couple of breakouts which I enjoyed but I wanted to share with you some of the new things and resources I came away with that will help me and I hope they help you.
If you have never done Infuse and serve in Kids or Youth ministry you need to. It will transform how you lead.
The International Critical Commentary (ICC) is one of the most important commentary series of the twentieth century. They bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis—linguistic, textual, archaeological, historical, literary, and theological—to help the reader understand the meaning of Old and New Testament books. If you are a serious student of the Bible you need to get your hands on as many of the ICC commentaries as you can find. The commentary on Romans and Matthew are particularly well done. The ICC has long been the standard for biblical exegesis and is definitely worth owning. I know what some of you may be thinking. I am a kids pastor or youth pastor I don’t need a commentary. I would counter and say you need a commentary more than you think you do. Communicating for kids and youth doesn’t mean you dumb down your message. It means you have to more fully understand what you are teaching so that you can explain it more simply.
Hilarious video about how to explain the trinity to others.
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How are we doing with our children? Can our children answer questions such as:
- What is sin?
- Who is Jesus?
- What did Jesus do?
- Why do you and I need Jesus to save us?
- How do we receive the salvation that Jesus offers?
It is important that we be careful with our precious children. We do not want to walk them into making a decision to follow Christ without an intentional plan for walking with them down the road of discipleship. Our ministry to children will be measured by disciples, not decisions. In the video below, Trevin Wax offers some practical suggestions on teaching your children the gospel.
- Repetition is essential.
- Choose your language carefully.
- Don’t underestimate your kids’ understanding.