Whether you are building a new home or raising a young child, laying a solid foundation is essential. If you establish a firm base, you can be reasonably confident that the future will remain on stable footings. A faulty foundation, however, foretells that headaches are on the horizon.
Trust the Tools Three tools are essential to lay a good foundation for a new home: a plumb line, a square, and a level. Here’s why these instruments are so important to builders of homes—and how they illustrate Biblical concepts that “build” young children.
A plumb line is a simple piece of string with a weight attached to one end. Tie the string to a fixed object and when the weight comes to rest, it points directly to the earth’s center of gravity. Regardless of the terrain, the plumb line establishes true vertical orientation. A plumb line assures that your walls are plumb—straight up and down.
“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:4-6)
How Kids Think
Kids protest, “I can’t possibly do that!” Many children don’t believe they are capable of attempting new tasks and challenges. Insecurities, low self-esteem, and feelings of inadequacy often undermine their confidence, making them fearful or apprehensive.
The Biblical words for confidence mean “to trust” and “to be bold.” For Christians, confidence begins with trust in God and in the Holy Spirit’s indwelling power. Paul tells the believers in Rome, “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope [...]
“But David said, “My brethren, you shall not do so with what the Lord has given us, who has preserved us and delivered into our hand the troop that came against us. For who will heed you in this matter? But as his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies; they shall share alike.” So it was, from that day forward; he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to this day.Now when David came to Ziklag, he sent some of the spoil to the elders of Judah, to his friends, saying, “Here is a present for you from the spoil of the enemies of the Lord” (1 Samuel 30:23–27, NKJV)
Experience the wonders of the world we love and cherish. A generation of sons and daughters laughing and playing as they grasp hold of the Lord’s instructions (Matthew 18:3). 3 And said, Truly I say to you, unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children , you can never enter the kingdom of heaven .
Grow for Glory exists to help children become lifelong disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. We want kids to know, love and serve God.
To generate a safe learning environment that stimulates the child’s awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit within the classroom. The best way to encourage the child to grow in his relationship with his Heavenly Father, is to do so in the child’s natural environment: his home and his playground. And the best way to train is to use the child’s natural strengths, playful nature and curiosity. Through collaboration between coaches, parents and schools, we strive to fulfil the biblical mandate of transforming children into dynamic disciples of Jesus Christ.
Seeing our sons and daughters playing and laughing as they grasp hold of the instructions of the Lord.
Our intention is to be to be expert archers as we point the children in the right direction and hit the bull’s eye for the Kingdom and the Glory of the Lord.
Children that grow in wisdom (Prov. 2:1-5).
Children that grow in stature (1 Cor. 3:16-17).
Children that grow in favour with God (Jer. 29:11).
“Jesus grew in both wisdom and stature, gaining both favour with God and other people” (Luke 2:52).
We believe that our children should grow in these four areas:
Grow in wisdom (Prov. 2:1-5).
Grow in stature (1 Cor. 3:16-17).
Grow in favour with God (Jer. 29:11).
Grow in favour with others (Josh. 1-9).
It is a fact that our children won’t grow in any one area without also improving in the others. This is particularly true when growing in favour with God – it dramatically improves function in all other areas. What we aim to teach, we teach for the Glory of God. Children must understand that they are in the foundation stages of their lives. They are like athletes who have just started running and need to establish a suitable pace and created momentum. They must run according to the rules so that they will get their prize, and as they run they must run for the purpose of glorifying their Father in heaven.
Glory as they walk humbly with God (1 Thess. 2:12).
Glory as they obey (2 Cor. 19:13).
Glory as they hold on to the truth (Jn. 1:14).
Glory in the hope of Christ’s triumphant return (Rev. 1:13-18).
“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth” (Ps. 127:4, NKJV).
Our intention is to be [...]