If your church has a school or is affiliated with another church that has a school please do not weary hearing offering appeals for Christian Education. Over and over we hear calls for funds for evangelism and never bat an eye. After all isn’t that what the church is all about? Evangelism, proclaiming the good news about Jesus, is our calling. One of the last things Jesus told us was to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19
But what good is it to bring new believers into the church if we are not keeping our children? Surely there is no greater evangelistic campaign for any church other than teaching our children to love Jesus. Just this spring one of our local church school teachers had her children write autobiographies to go into a class book. One of the children wrote the following, “…I’ve been through a lot in the last 12 years. I lost my grandpa, went to Oshkosh, made friends, learned to love Jesus, and came to a Christian school. My life has been so much better with Christ in it. I want to be an ER doctor, help people and save their lives like Jesus wants us to. So my life is great and there are many more memories to come…” (Oshkosh was national gathering of Christian children for a week. It was like a Boy Scout Jamboree.)
If we ever wondered about the value of Christian Education this short testimony says it all. This is real evangelism. This is the salvation of our children.
Written by Roger Bothwell on May 28, 2015
Spring of Life, PO Box 124, St. Helena, CA 94574