Jesus Loves the Little Children
Karen Pansler Lam, J.D.
Are children being taught the Bible at church?
I’ve heard story after story of children not being taught God’s Word in church after church after church…
One wise mother took her children out of a local church because the children played games in the church gym instead of being instructed in the Word. The church leadership justified this as being “creative” to bring “unchurched” boys and girls to church hoping they will get saved. How can children get saved without hearing the Word of God? And what about Christian parents who bring their children to church for Bible lessons?
A true church offers a Christ-centered children’s program, not a sports-centered one.
Besides, we should be bringing boys and girls to Christ…not to a church.
And then there are children’s church programs that consist of watching videos. The church staff uses the videos to keep the children entertained.
A true church offers a Christ-centered children’s program, not an entertainment-centered one.
We should be bringing boys and girls to Christ…not entertaining them.
And then there are churches that teach secular lessons about values. Several young Sunday school teachers in a church are puzzled: the denominational lessons never mention God or Jesus. They are lessons about “values,” not morals. They are not religious Sunday school lessons.
A true church teaches children about Jesus and God from the Word of God, not humanist lessons.
We should be bringing boys and girls to Christ, not teaching them fake Sunday school lessons.
And there are many other stories…
How are we bringing children to Christ by playing sports?
And how are we bringing children to Christ by entertaining them with videos?
And how are we bringing children to Christ by teaching them humanist values?
How can children increase in the knowledge of God, and excel in sound judgment and spiritual understanding if they don’t learn the Bible?
We can’t count on churches training up children in the ways of the Lord. We have to train up children at home.
And we have to revive child evangelism.
That is why I wrote The Children’s Illustrated Bible Primer with Commentary: to bring children to Christ by teaching them that Jesus loves the little children.
Here is a lesson…
But Jesus said, Suffer
little children, and forbid them not,
One day, parents brought their little children to Jesus. They wanted Him to lay His hands on the boys and girls, and pray for them. But the disciples told the parents to take their children away. Did Jesus send them away? No. He told His disciples to let the little children come to Him. Jesus took the little children in His arms and hugged them. He also put His hands on them and prayed for them. This made the parents and children very happy! They loved to be with Jesus! Do you love to be with Jesus? If you love to hear stories and sing songs about Jesus, then you love to be with Jesus. And you are part of the kingdom of heaven. Go and tell the good news that Jesus loves the little children.
SONG: “Jesus Loves the Little Children” Thoro Harris
And here’s another lesson…
Children, obey your parents in
the Lord: for this is right.
Every boy and girl must learn to obey their parents. The Bible commands you to obey your parents. Why? Because it is the right thing for you to do. God put parents in charge of children. Do you know one of the Ten Commandments is “Honour thy father and thy mother”? This means you must respect your parents. When you respect your parents, you cheerfully obey them. If you love your parents with all your heart, then you will obey your parents with all your heart. And when you obey your parents, this pleases Jesus. He was a child just like you who worked and played. When Jesus was a little boy, He honored His parents by obeying them. And this pleased God. Obey your parents because the Lord commands it.
SONG: “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian” A Spiritual
The Children’s Illustrated Bible Primer with Commentary encourages children to love God, and lovingly obey his Word. It is full of sound guidance for everyday life, and hope and joy. It is valuable not only as a book for teaching children to read or beginning to read the Bible, but also as a children’s devotional or a book that may be read aloud at family worship. It is also valuable as a beginning textbook for home school or Christian school, children’s Sunday school, or other Christian setting.
It is also valuable as a textbook for public schools. Yes... public schools.
It is also a valuable evangelistic tool for family, friends, neighbors, orphanages, children’s hospitals, home and foreign missions, and so forth.
The Lord is pleased with those who bring who bring children to Christ; He is displeased with those who keep them from Him; for, He says, of such is the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of heaven is theirs; they are by the gift of God entitled to its privileges.
Listen, my dear friend…
We must bring children to Christ by the training of a Christian home, by holy example.
We must bring children to Christ by a Christian education at home and at church
– the knowledge of the Holy Scriptures from childhood.
And we must bring children to Christ by child evangelism – going into all the world and preaching the Gospel.
Go ye into
all the world,
creature” includes children.
Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me.
Let’s spread the good news that Jesus loves children, and welcomes them into the kingdom of God.
Go into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every child!