Guard the Gospel

As I prepare to teach my staff this week from II Timothy, I want to write out my thoughts to think through the process. In the meantime, I hope that they information can be helpful to you too, as you read through it. In our previous lessons, we have been looking at how Paul entrusted the Gospel, what he calls a treasure, to Timothy, encouraging him how to guard the treasure while entrusting it to others. Here is a quick overview of what II Timothy is all about:

Theme: Guard the treasure (Gospel) How?

Chapter 1 – Retain the standard (1:13)

Chapter 2 – Be diligent in the Word (2:15)

Chapter 3 –  Continue in the Word (3:14)

Chapter 4 – Be on guard against those who oppose (4:15)

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Leadership: Helping people break the cycle of sin

slavery_to_sinAs I prepare to teach my staff tomorrow on the subject of leadership, I sit here thinking about the problem that all humanity faces, our slavery to our sin nature, which we inherit from our parents. Do you understand how the cycle of sin works? Are you still stuck in that cycle? Do you know how to lead people out of that cycle?

All of mankind is born into this cycle of sin because of original sin. We all inherit a sin nature from our parents. Sin is in us and it begins to manifest itself from an early age. I have written this before but I believe that it is worth writing again. We see inherited sin in children through the fact that we do not have to teach them to lie, steal, be selfish, harm others etc. Instead, as parents, we have to teach them not to do these things. Continue reading

Dealing with bullies in a Godly way (2)

Last week’s lesson on dealing with bullies really impacted me as I was preparing it. Through God’s grace, I was able to communicate the lesson to the kids clearly. This week I am preparing to teach part two, on the life of the apostle Paul. Before Paul became the greatest missionary that the world has ever known, apart from Jesus Christ, he was Saul and he was a bully. I want to examine the facts and discover how he became a bully and what he was doing to bully others. What is God’s plan for bullies and what can you do to handle a bully in a godly way? Continue reading

The Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

During our Wednesday evening summer activities in the children’s department, we are cover the fruit of the Spirit. We have seen God do some great things in the lives of the kids as they are learning what it means to have the Holy Spirit and how the Spirit manifests Itself in us during our daily activities. The fruit of the Spirit is mentioned in Galatians 5: Continue reading

The full armor of God: The sword of the Spirit

swordAs I prepare to teach during children’s church this Sunday, I want to wrap up the full armor of God with the last piece that is presented in the text.

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Not everyone can teach others about Christ

I know the title may seem strange, especially coming from a person who encourages people to talk to others about Jesus and trains them how to do it. Let me be clear, the restrictions on who can teach others about Christ are not my own opinions. These restrictions are set in place by God. I want to look at three different occasions when Jesus told people not to tell others important truths about Himself, discovering why, and then learning who is able to teach others.  Continue reading

Remove the idols in your life

As I was teaching a couple of weeks ago on the rich young ruler while at camp, I was amazed to see how dangerous idols are simply because so many of us have them and so few of us know it. In order to jump into our text that teaches us about the idols in the life of the rich young ruler, I would like to use I John 5:21

21 Little childrenguard yourselves from idols.

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Be an example of submission and humility

Two weeks ago, while I was serving as a counselor at our children’s camp, I lead a daily Bible study out of I Peter 5. It was neat to see how God gave us practical assignments during the camp. In fact, that is one of the reasons that I love camp. People are outside of their comfort zones and situations arise where they get squeezed and what is on the inside manifests itself quite rapidly, unmasked and unfiltered. This totally happened while we were at camp and I would like to share it with you here. First, I want to take a look at the text and see what we can learn about ourselves and then see what God wants us to do with this information. Continue reading

Have you left your first love?

Yesterday, I met with my staff to have our weekly meeting and Bible study. We have been in and out over the past 2 weeks because of camp and other summer activities. It was really nice to get back together yesterday and open up God’s Word. I was praying about what to teach during the Bible study. We have been studying the Sermon on the Mount and we finally reached the end. I thought about just giving an exam over the study but God would not let me. I sensed that God wanted me to teach something special but I did not know what. The day before, I was listening to a sermon online preached by a friend of mine from Moldova. Continue reading

The full armor of God: The shield of faith

shield_faithThis article is a continuation of our theme; the full armor of God that we have been covering all summer in Big City Clubhouse (children’s church). We have covered the commands that God has given to us, the enemy, and now we are focusing on the individual weapons.

Now we have come to the shield of faith. This shield is super important. What does it go?

16in addition to alltaking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (Ephesians 6)

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