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In ancient times children were an insignificant group. They were considered less important.
But Jesus had a different perspective. He considered children to be of great value. Some of the most touching and endearing scenes during the life of Jesus were - the times he spent with little children.
3. Sadly children still remain as a highly neglected group in many communities.
The church is no exception. It is observed that we pay very little attention to Children despite all the ministries and programmes we have for them.
6. Let’s find out what the Bible says about little children and what are some of our responsibilities for them as church.
What parents can do to train their children in God’s word?
I. Live a model Christian life. (avoid arguing with each other before kids, don’t live a double life, don’t criticize church leaders, other believers while they are watching)
II. Set a apart a time for family devotional and stick to it. You can use this time share Bible stories with your children and teach them the Christian values. This way they will learn to maintain a disciplined prayer life.
III. Have arrangements for your kids to watch Bible based cartoon animation films. Just like adults children learn much better through audio and visual resources.
B. For the Christian educators and the church
I. If you are a Sunday school teacher get to know your little students personally. Learn their struggles so you can offer help.
II. The church members should not be harsh on children. Remember children are always children. They run around, mess up things. You can’t change them. That’s the way God has intended them to be.
3. The Bible urges the church to pray for children
Get up! Cry out in the night when the night watches start! Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord! Lift up your hands to him for your children’s lives; they are fainting at every street corner. (Lamentations 2:19, NET)
Pray for the children in your church
I. Don’t be satisfied by praying for your own children. Pray for the children of other parents also.
II. If you are a Sunday school teacher, maintain a list of your students and their spiritual and physical needs. Pray and ask God to meet those needs.
B. Pray for children scattered around the earth.
I. Children are everywhere you go. They are in the streets, in market places.
This morning let us make it our opportunity to ask God to forgive because we been ignorant of our responsibility for children.
B. Also search your heart to see if you have ever done anything wrong against a child. If your answer is yes repent and ask the Holy Spirit to forgive you.
C. Do you have any underage children serving in your house as servants. No matter how many good things you are doing for him/her right now. What you are doing is wrong. Repent right now, ask God to forgive your for your ignorance and set that child free.
D. Make a commitment to love and care for any child that you will meet in your life. Pray for their salvation.
E. Invest on children today and you will never regret.