Simply put, we want all children to know God personally. We want them to learn about HIs goodness and all the aspects of His character. Our prayerful hope and intention is to help children come to experience a personal, vibrant, life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ. This means they need to understand that they fall short of what God requires of them. Children must understand that by God’s grace, their sins are forgiven only through faith in the good news of Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.
We don’t simply want children to know about God – we want them to be transformed as they respond to His grace and to the gospel. (2 Cor. 3:18, Rom. 12:1-2).
“Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.” (Ps. 100:3)
“Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” (Prov. 30:5)
“Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, for whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.” (1 Cor. 8:6)
We want our children to grow in their knowledge of God in Jesus Christ. That’s why in every children’s activity at Redeemer, children will hear Christ-centered teaching, so that they might grow in their understanding of the character of God as revealed to us in the person and work Jesus Christ.
But we want them to grow not only in knowledge but also in grace. As children learn who God is and learn how to trust Him, we believe this pleases God and that God will begin the process of transforming them more and more into, and conforming them to, the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18, Rom. 8:29). Our job is to scatter and water the seeds of the gospel so that as they grow older they will grow more and more into passionate, obedient followers of God.
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Pet. 3:18)
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” (Jer. 17:7-8)
“And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” (Luke 2:52)
We want our children to go. We want them to understand that the mission of the church is to tell others about Jesus and to make disciples — and that they are part of this mission. We want them to be lights when they walk out the doors of our homes and church. We want them to be so in love with Jesus that they shine brightly for Christ as they go into the darkness of an unbelieving world. We want our children to love, serve, pray, and share the gospel with those who don’t know Jesus.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you, And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:19-20)