Tonight was a fun night as I got to talk to the teenagers at our church and hand over to them our Wednesday night children’s ministry for the summer.
Our church has a lot of older members and 7 or 8 invested families with kids. Those seven or eight families do a lot of the ministries for the younger generation — but we all need to have a break at some time. So our teenagers are giving the adults a break this summer, and they are learning how to lead and minister at the same time.
Our older generation is also being very instrumental in the summer kids program as they are giving their testimonies for the lesson time. I had them sign up if they would be willing to give their testimony and also to include the verse that they would be using in their testimony.
Tonight, I shared with the teenagers a couple of different games they could do when teaching the verse. I also shared how we should make sure that the children should understand the verse that is being taught. The verse that is for the 2nd week’s lesson is Romans 1:1:
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
As I thought about how I would explain this verse to the children, I started to meditate on how Paul was separated unto the gospel of God. He was set apart to share the gospel — the good news of how Jesus died, was buried, and He rose again — to the Gentiles.
I reflected on how he was willing to be stoned, put in jail, beaten, and ultimately die to share this gospel, and how I should follow his example to be separated from this world and be separated unto sharing the gospel with those who are around me. What a great legacy I could leave to my children and to those who know me if they could say about me, “She was separated unto the gospel of God.” If we keep that as the focal point in our lives, then our priorities will stay in focus, and we will find true joy as we live for Christ.
Here is a great quote from John MacArthur talking about Paul’s focus in life:
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