Gateway LIVE: 7 Easy Ways Parents Can Teach Their Kids About Jesus

We want parents to be equipped to teach their children about the Bible.

We know that can be intimidating, so we want to give you easy resources you can really use.  Check out the discussion here:

Resources from today’s Video:

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2:35 One Year of Dinner Table Devotions & Discussion Starters

helps families start where they are already gathered together on a daily basis―around the dinner table. As the meal comes to a close, family members can take turns turning to the dinner-table devotion for that day, designed to be done together as a family in 10 to 15 minutes. The result is a meaningful daily discussion in which every family member can participate, drawing the whole family closer to God . . . and each other.

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14:03 101 Bible Verses to memorize with your Kids.

Thanks to Lisa, for this resource. Lisa is our Admin Assistant at the Munford campus. She has this on her Pinterest board that is full of resources to teach her granddaughter (pre-school age) about Jesus. You can check out her board here. 

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15:35 Bible Maps.com

This is a great resource for maps and timelines. It’s great to help kids (and adults!) visualize their study of the Bible. They also have an app (iOS & Android).

CD_2for1_Product_Shot_Trust 16:55 Seeds Family Worship

These songs and videos are word-for-word scripture that will help your family learn and memorize God’s Word. We’ll be using this music at Gateway Kids Camp in Summer 2018!

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There’s a great article by Christina Fox over at TGC called “5 Reasons to Read Missionary Biographies to Your Children”. Check out her article and suggestions of missionaries to start reading about with your kids.

20:05 Ten Questions

Tom Ellif, Tom Elliff, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention has published several resources for family. Among “10 Questions to Ask Your Wife Every Year” and “10 Questions to Ask Your Husband Every Year”. These are GREAT resources from Family Life. You can download 10 Questions parents should ask their children every year. As Jeff explains in the video, parents ask these questions and allow their children to answer without comment. So that removes arguing and for the need for defensiveness!

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21:44 The Talk

If we want our children to know the truth about healthy sexuality, we need to create a comfortable climate of continual conversations. This book will show you how to move beyond the initial awkwardness of this subject into an ongoing communication with your kids about God’s amazing gift of sex. He equips you with what you need to talk openly about dating, temptation, porn, and purity, and you will find answers to tough questions and relevant Scripture on sexual issues.

We want to hear from you! What resources are you using that works?

 

Personal Evangelism

personal evangelismGateway’s students are experiencing discipleship inside and outside the classroom. They are learning how to share their faith under the leadership of Konnor Kessler, our student pastor. Konnor shared this with us recently:

“Evangelism is about presenting Jesus Christ to people that under the inspiration, conviction, and leadership of the Holy Spirit, they will see their need of a Savior, repent of their sins, trust Jesus as their Lord, and Savior, and serve Him through a local church.

Personal evangelism is all about individually sharing the gospel (good news) with others personally.  Before you can make a disciple, you have to personally evangelize with someone to see if they have a relationship with the Lord.  Furthermore, training someone to share their faith is a significant part of discipleship. We are all called to do it.

This class will be training ground in the sense that the students will learn how to effectively present the gospel to others by using the Word of God.”

The Timothy Project

Adults, think back with us to the time when you were in junior high and high school.  Do you remember some of your struggles?  Can you picture someone that was praying you through those exciting but difficult years?  We each have an opportunity to do the same for one of our youth.

Through the Timothy Project, we will be connecting adults to students through prayer and encouragement.  The project is based on Paul’s relationship with Timothy.  Paul was a mentor for Timothy.  He taught him how to grow in his faith, and how to be a leader; he prayed for and encouraged him consistently.

Here’s the idea: You will be partnered with one student from Gateway’s youth (7-12 grades).  You will make a commitment to pray for that student daily, and send them encouraging cards, emails, or texts several times a year – something that communicates to them that they are prayed over and loved.  This is a big commitment, because you will be asked to pray for your student until he or she graduates from college or gets married.  (Yes, if they choose to imitate Paul, and never marry, this could be quite a long-term commitment.)  It certainly should not be taken lightly, but we are confident that it will be a huge blessing for both you and your student. Think about this: Even the parents and grandparents of our youth will be encouraged, knowing that someone has come alongside them, partnering WITH them to pray over their child or grandchild and encourage him or her in the faith. It will be a blessing to more than just your student.

Adults, please be generous when listing your hobbies and interests – this will help to partner you with someone that may share a common interest! We currently have 73 youth participating, and more will be added as we gather information from those that have been missed. If you have a child in 7-12 grades that has not signed up yet, you may have them complete this form.

For the safety of our students, adult mentors are required to be members of Gateway, and also must have a Background Consent Form on file with the church office. (Just take a few moments to complete the form and turn it in to the office. A background check is also a requirement for Kids’ Club workers, so you’ll be one step ahead when it comes to volunteering this summer.)  Once your Timothy Project Questionnaire is complete, you will be partnered with your student.  Men will be partnered with our guys, and women with our girls.  You will receive a frame that includes your student’s photo and also personal information, including some of their hobbies and interests.

If you are a military family, you may be wondering how this will work, since you move on a regular basis. If you are a mentor, and you move, we will assign your student a new (local) mentor.  (Exceptions can be made, especially if your student has already moved on to college!)  If you have children that are participating in the Timothy Project, they can keep their mentors when they move if they would like.  Otherwise, we will assign their mentor a new student.  Please don’t let the fact that you move frequently keep you from participating.  Even a small amount of time as a prayer mentor will make a big difference in a student’s life.

We hope that you will take advantage of this great opportunity to connect with one of our youth, and to encourage them in their walk with Christ.  As Paul charged Timothy in I Timothy 6:11-12, let’s pray over our youth, that they will “flee from (sin), and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness… (and) Fight the good fight of the faith!”

If you have any questions about the project, please complete the contact form below, or give Nick a call.  We are excited to see how God works through this project – may He receive all the glory and praise for what He has planned!

 For the Student form click here.
For the Mentor form click here.

Background Consent Form (click to print)

 

Questions about the Timothy project? Complete this contact form: