We care about your kids!
If the statistics we’ve have read are true, up to 75% of the population of Zambia is children and youth under 20 years of age! To break this down a bit more, we are told that 49% of the population is 14 years old or younger. This all means that there are approximately 8.25 million young people in our country! If our local church does not have an aggressive, organized, and purposeful outreach to the young people in our city we will not only fail to impact the next generation, we will limit the scope of our ministry to only 25% of the population.
It is easy for a local churches to overlook the children and youth in the community. We are tempted to look at children through the eyes of a traditional mindset and assume that after kids grow up then we will begin to interact with them regarding spiritual things. Too often parents assume that as long as they provide food, clothing, and education they have done their job as parents… and the local church – made up of those same parents – often adopt the same mindset.
We Want To Teach Our kids The Holy Scriptures
2Tim. 3:15 – Provides our theme verse for the Children’s Ministry @ KC. “And that from a child you have known the Holy Scriptures.”
It was the urgent duty of Hebrew parents to train their children in the Scriptures. Many Jewish writings refer to the importance to this task. Rabbi Judah says, “The boy of five years of age ought to apply to the study of the sacred Scriptures.” Rabbi Solomon, on Deut. 11:19, says, “When the boy begins to talk, his father ought to converse with him in the sacred language, and to teach him the law; if he does not do that he seems to bury him” (Barnes Notes).
It is unclear what age Timothy began to be instructed in the Scriptures; but the same word translated “child” in 2 Timothy 3.15 is translated “babe” in Luke 1.41, 44 and refers to an infant in Luke 18.15. It is also used to refer to young children in Acts 7.19. It is safe to infer that Timothy was taught the Scriptures as soon as he was capable of learning anything.
While we concur that it is the primary responsibility of the parents to teach their children and rear them in the fear and admonition of the Lord, (Eph. 6.4; Deut. 6.6-7) we acknowledge God has given the local church with her gifted pastors and teachers to, among other things, strengthen the work of the Christian parent in their task of training their children to know and fear God. We also recognize that there are many lost children and youth in our community who need to know of Salvation through Jesus Christ alone. Because they are living in homes that may not be genuinely Christian, we must be moved by compassion and take the gospel to them.
This instruction given to young Timothy was “able to make you wise unto salvation.” This Scriptural instruction was focused upon instructing the youth in the way of salvation and thus find the path to life. It is clear then that the Scriptures have life-changing power. It has the power to change hearts of our youth, to convict their conscience, and stimulate their intellect to understand the things to God.
“Through faith which is in Jesus Christ.” There is no salvation except through the Lord Jesus Christ. It is implied in this text that the early instruction in Scriptures produced genuine saving faith in Jesus Christ in the heart of young Timothy.
The Great Commission mandates that we not only evangelize youth but “teach them to obey all things” that Christ commanded. We want to ensure an intentional biblical discipleship program in our church that helps our youth know Christ and find His purpose for their life.
Come and be part of a local church that loves and disciples youth!