Some questions for new Christians

In a little while this evening, we’ll have another study with a young couple who have been Christians for about six months. Before we get to the Bible text, here are some questions I plan to ask them tonight.

  • What difficulties have you encountered since your conversion?
  • What has been your greatest challenge?
  • Any positive surprise that you’ve had?
  • What have you seen in terms of spiritual progress and growth?
  • Any disappointment during this time?
  • What is your greatest motive for thanksgiving during this time?

What other questions might you ask?

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Scoot, crawl, walk, run

baby_crawlby Luke Bower — I can still remember when our daughter first started to crawl. She still lacked the strength and coordination to stay up on all fours, but that did not stop her from getting where she wanted to go. She would scoot and roll around until she reached her destination. It was not very efficient and sometimes took her a long time to figure it out. She would even get frustrated from time to time, but she kept wiggling around until she got there.

It was because of all that scooting around that she eventually developed the strength and coordination to begin crawling. If she were to get too frustrated and just give up, she may have never learned the skills she needed to get around. Continue reading

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From a Babe You’ve Known the Sacred Writings

One thing that I’ve been working on lately is a list of suggested Old Testament Lessons with References .  Ignorance of Bible content is not a problem limited to third world countries, such as where we currently live.  It is an increasingly world-wide challenge, as worldly pleasures compete more and more for our time.  This isn’t just a challenge for children and youth, but it affects all ages.  So, I would like to challenge you to make Bible knowledge a priority in your family.  Help your children become students of the Word.

Knowledge alone is not the same thing
as a tender heart that desires to please God.
However, our family members, 
both young and old, 
 need to see that within the pages of His Word
there are men and women who were real,
who had the same basic struggles as we have.
They  need to see that some people made good choices 
and some made bad choices,
and they need to see what God’s response was,
based on the choices made.
Our families need to be amazed
at God’s power and providence throughout the ages.

If there is one thing I’d like to stress, it is that we should not underestimate the minds of little children! They are FAR MORE capable than we often realize.  Most two and three year old children are capable of learning all of the books of the Bible, from memory!  You may find that you have some catching up to do, and that’s okay, as long as you recognize the need and you are willing to do something about it.  Learn together with your children.

So far I have the list finished for the Old Testament.  Please know that this list is just a starting place!  It is in no way a complete list of all relevant events in the Old Testament. Keep in mind that one of the reasons I am compiling these lists is so that I can have them translated into Swahili so that they can be shared with parents who absolutely do not know how to go about teaching their children, as well as people who are “starting from scratch” in their Bible knowledge, such as new converts.

I’m still working on one for the New Testament and it is proving to be much more difficult for me to decide what to list, but hopefully I will be done with my N.T. list soon.

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