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Jan 2009

Why Mission-Minded Kids?

1.    The gospel is inherently others-oriented.

It is impossible to live a gospel-centered life alone.  We teach our children to care for others because this is the heart of our response to the gospel.  I John 3:16 tells us that “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”  Our response?  Check out the next words:  “And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”

2.    The gospel fundamentally reaffirms that we are like the people to whom we minister.

Our goal is not for our children to feel sorry for people who are worse off than they—instead to see them as friends and people just like them.  Luke 18:9-14 tells of a Pharisee who was both grateful and holy in his actions—and rejected by God.  He was grateful that he was not like other sinners.  He felt justified by his holy behavior.  Yet he was far from God.  If our children grow up grateful for their wealth and pleased with their behavior, we have failed.  We want our children to be humbled by their sin, take God’s mercy, and love other sinners.


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