"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." - Luke 2:52 (NIV)
The concept that Jesus grew up "in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and
men" provides a clear model for spiritual growth. We've adopted it as a goal for the children of High Desert Church
. It is a short, simple passage but it answers the question, "Who do we want our children to become?"
Based on this verse, we have divided a child's spiritual growth into three categories: wisdom, faith, and friendship. We have determined that these three specific issues are critical to helping a child become a healthy believer:
- The ability to make wise decision based on the truth of Scripture
- A willingness to put their faith in God through every situation of life
- Their demonstration of love and kindness to the people in their oikos
These three concepts have been crafted into concise statements that we use to challenge parents, leaders, and kids. We want every kid to grow up and come away from HDC Kids
1. "I need to make the wise choice!" so I will...
- trust and follow Jesus
- spend time getting to know God
- do whatever God says.
- discover God’s unique plan for their life
2. "I can trust God, no matter what!" because...
- He is my Creator
- He is my Father
- He is my Guide
- He is my Savior
3. "I should treat others the way I want to be treated!" so I will...
- show God’s love to those around me
- care enough to put others before me
- respect whoever God puts over me
- be the right friend to those beside me
Everything that we do on the weekend, from Bible stories, scriptural principles, drama, games, crafts, etc. revolves around these three concepts. From the moment that your child walks through the door, every activity reinforces one principle over and over. Our Bible story time always positions Scripture as a source of wisdom
. The worship always emphasizes the power and love of God as one we can trust
. Hang Ten Groups
allow an opportunity for kids to be with friends
, to dialogue about their faith, and encourage each other.
When all of us (parents, teachers, and leaders) get on the same page children have a much better chance of becoming what we hope they will become.