The Equation Needed for a Spiritually Strong Generation

How often do you find yourself thinking in equations? You know the kind: A+B=C.

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By Natalie Rogge, Mission Canada Strategic Manager and Children’s Guiding Group Lead

 

How often do you find yourself thinking in equations?  You know the kind:  A+B=C. 

Equations can have greater results when you extend the pattern. Something like this:  If A+B=C then…

 

Today is Sunday, April 29.  For the past 28 days the PAOC family has focused on reaching children in the 4/14 Window. Why? 

 

  • Because children are most receptive to the gospel. More than any other age or stage of life.
  • We have shared scriptures, resources, and giving opportunities.
  • We have united our hearts in prayer as district children’s leaders across the nation have led us.

 

Each of the four weeks this month have had their own unique focus:

  • Sharing God’s truth in a post-truth society and with a post-truth generation
  • Parenting with purpose
  • Children and their spiritual identity
  • The church’s role in supporting families. 

 

As April soon comes to a close, I can’t help but think what the result of four weeks could be. We’ve read. We’ve prayed. We’ve been challenged to give, and to encourage our children to share faith.

 

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So, now what? What happens with this equation?

The TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD is shared with a child in their young and formative years

+ they are PARENTED WITH PURPOSE. Not just any specific purpose, but with Kingdom purpose

+ they are SECURE IN KNOWING their SPIRITUAL IDENTITY is found in Christ, and no one or nothing else

+ they are SURROUNDED BY SPIRITUAL LEADERS AND FRIENDS in a LOCAL CHURCH, teaching them, praying for them, guiding them, involving them, and cheering them on.

What do we get? What is the result of the Word + Biblical Parenting + Identity in Christ + Being Part of the Body of Christ?

 

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We are living in such a post-truth society.  The next generation experiences this every day. They are surrounded by God and also gods of many types and religions. At least 50% find themselves between one parent and another, striving for love, acceptance, belonging. There is no greater time in history where a person’s identity is being challenged or questioned. This next generation is being asked how they identify. Sometimes at an age younger than they have understanding for. What happened to simply being a boy or a girl, a child of God, created in His image? Their spiritual identify must be secure. They need to know who they are, and whose they are.

And the Church. The Church has a significant role to play in the life of a child. Not just for the children already in the church, but for those living in the shadow of the cross. Something happens when we introduce a child to “the cross” and help them understand its significance. We lead them to a decision of faith in Christ. We lead them to having an identity rooted in being a child of God. We help them find their fit in the body of Christ, serving God and growing as a well-grounded disciple. We help them shape their life to be one of Kingdom purpose.We parent together, supporting one another in both the good and the challenging times.

 

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We are not quick to criticize or step back, but rather we lean in. We get involved. We build a family of faith and a faith community around our children – one that is strong. One that will stand the test of time. Especially these times we are living in now.

 

Follow the 4-14 conversation here.

 

 

 
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