The Challenge – The Uganda Project

THE STORY:

David,
Based on the research that you’ve done for your doctorate (or otherwise), what might you want to share with pastors taking their first class in Christian Education?

These students basically have a high school education and a license to preach and are actively serving churches under appointments. One of them is even a D.S.

Remember my context is Africa, mostly rural Uganda with churches from 15 to 150 in attendance. All of them (D.S. included) are tentmakers, having to have either a business or secular employment to feed their family and serve as volunteers at their churches.

The assignment I am giving my class is that they need to design a program for Christian education in the local church that applies to their particular context, where they are presently serving.

So, they will have exposure to multiple definitions of Christian Education and pedagogical disciplines. They need to pick what they think works for them in their context and defend why they have made the choices they have.

I thought I might include what you researched in that mix if you wanted to share it.

Preparing stuff that can only be communicated with the students by printing it and them reading it, with no feedback on whether or not they are getting anything out of the reading until the final exam (or in my case project), is tougher than you might think.

But, right now we don’t have the option to meet in person. And our students aren’t connected online, so we can’t even meet with them by Zoom. It’s 19th century methodology.

In terms of what works, it has to be something that can be sent digitally, printed, arranged into a packet of information, and the distributed with no follow-up or feedback.

It also has to be fairly brief.

Sincerely, Gene

NOTES

This will be interesting!
I think that lessons as a blog post would work, and be digitally accessible.
They print up nicely as well!

THE FIRST LESSON IN THE SEQUENCE OF FOUR (2 posts per lesson) is here:

https://4corneredroom.com/2020/07/29/storytelling-qnqs-template-3/


– Dave

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Deep Word Writing Project Template

Deep Word Writing Project Template
Title:

Quote:

[1] Source

Note:

Questions: (input for note)
– SOW Questions
– Monroe’s Mountain questions
– Heath Made to Stick questions: SUCCESS

FLOW (Clarity of) Goals:
Satisfaction level today:

Set up plans to allow flow …
Achieve GTD Engagement and Execution clarity: WTD.
Plan for the 8 requirements of flow.
Outline the necessary planning steps to create the path toward conclusion.

FLOW:
THE PLAYING FIELD & RULEBOOK
1. Clarity of goals* and immediate feedback*
2. A high level of concentration on a limited field*
3. Balance between skills and challenge. Do-able. Within reach.#
4. FLOW: Go down the checklist* (at your best speed#) and SCORE!

FLOW CHECKLIST #1
1. Select item for focus now.
2. Add template
THIS IS THE PLAYING FIELD
3. Review quote … fix typos.
4. Title and subheads – draw game boundary lines (highlighted quotes)
GENERATE MATERIAL – RUN PLAYS
Template questions – SOW Questions – Monroe’s Mountain questions – Heath Made to Stick questions = plays
9. Conclusion – 2 yard line. Call to Action.
CLEAN UP
10. Editorial review – Spell check
11. Publish and celebrate

AoI/CS: Deep Work = read and respond to my own writing.
Deep Word is defined as deep work reached by pleasureable flow and ends in publication, typically on my blog. It is an extension of my preaching ministry.

MBA Purpose: As an architect of ideas, I add value to information
1. from a variety of sources (input),
2. to provide innovative spoken and written solutions (product) 
3. for intense and widespread human problems (market) 
4. in harmony with God’s will (evaluative process).

Use plans to measure enthusiasm and pleasure.

Turn partly done categories and ideas into project blog post templates.
I can then ask … do I want to do this … complete this? Begin this?

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The Parents & Grandparents Corner – Study Questions

ASSIGNMENT #1: Write or outline a sermon or sermon series on these scriptures:

(THE GREAT COMMISSION) Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

Mark 16:15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.

Luke 24:45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high.” 50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.

John 20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Questions:
IF “it takes a village to raise a child,”
THEN it takes a whole church working together in Christian Education to raise a disciple to full maturity!

These are the four sets of instructions to the disciples for their ministry after the resurrection of Jesus. The Great Commision is probably the best known.
– Create a list of the instructions in each commission. Notice where they are similar and where they differ.
– In each commission, identify what seems to be the specific instruction that will “make” a disciple.

DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
What gets your attention?
What are the main points in the text?

What human needs or problems are addressed in the scripture?

What questions do you have about the text that you would ask a seminary professor?

What solution or hope does the text offer?
What does it say that we need to obey?

What would a camera see if this happened?

Who needs to hear this?
In general – i.e. people who are divorcing:
Specifically – my friend Bill:

What are the actual steps that I would take to implement God’s solution?

What stories or anecdotes or quotes would help illustrate the human need or problem?

What stories or anecdotes or quotes would help us visualize God’s solution happening before our eyes?

Definitions:
Story: a joke or tale, probably fictional
Anecdote: something that happened to me or someone in real life.
Quote: something someone said that is really poetic or meaningful.

ASSIGNMENT, Part 2:
Preach your sermons to each other.
Learn new insights from each other.
Share the stories with each other.

ASSIGNMENT, Part 3:
Consider which of the comissions is the normal for how your denomination operates.
How is this convenient? What problems would it cause?

Which of the four commissions, in your opinion, is the norm for the traditional church throughout the centuries. Why?

Consider the implications of the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18: And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

Who is the person who personally taught you to obey all of the commandments of Jesus? What is their name? (Most Christians have no one in this lifelong role.)

Did the person who personally taught you to obey all of the commandments of Jesus, also teach you how to obey the Great Commission? (Most Christians have no one in this lifelong role because they believe that disciples are made by sermons of preachers or programs of the church rather than a living, breathing person acting as a disciple maker.)

If no one taught you how to make disciples, as the Great Commission requires, how would you remedy that lack?
(Hint: 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…)

OTHER RESOURCES:

Powerpoint: The Life Cycle of a Disciple by David Kueker
http://www.disciplewalk.com/files/Kueker_The_Life_Cycle_of_a_Disciple.pdf

More information on the four corners and how to work with them can be found here:
http://www.disciplewalk.com/DM101_Home_Page.html

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Key: Origin: Last Revision: 9/7/20.

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The Parents & Grandparents Corner

THE STORY: As a young Christian, I am sometimes overwhelmed with caring for my four children. Especially the baby! But I have fallen in love with God and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I am still serving God in our church family by preparing meals for families that need good food in a time of crisis. The pastor still asks me to do this, but he is also asked me to look for two others to help me in this ministry. The pastor has asked me, he says, to watch over them not only as they help me cook as a team but to watch over them for their spiritual life as well. I call them my “little sisters in Jesus.” They love it! They love having double the love of two families … their regular family and their spiritual family.

So as I prepare the meals, they help me and also learn how to cook for themselves and for their families. They also help me watch my children as I am cooking.

It feels wonderful to have the help of these two teenagers to help me with my little children, as if they were my own daughters grown up. When my own little children are teenagers, I will be very ready to love them and know what to do to care for them because of this relationship with my “little sisters in Jesus.”

The pastor has asked me to talk with them about others in our church that we should love and pray for. The goal of the pastor is to form little spiritual families inside of our big church family. Our little spiritual family will soon grow! A spiritual family will have parents and grandparents to watch over the young teenagers, the children with their many questions and the little babies who just need to be loved. We spend time in each of these stages as we grow up in the Lord.

I find this very fulfilling both to be a young mother to my own small children, but also to be a loving spiritual mother to other people in my church family who need that spiritual love very much.

Truly, God is at work and miracles still happen! What happened to me and my spiritual family is proof of that!

NOTE (my commentary):
IF “it takes a village to raise a child,”
THEN it takes a whole church working together in Christian Education to raise a disciple to full maturity!

2 Timothy 2:1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

In the verse above, Paul talks about four generations of Christians. In order for baby Christians to grow into full maturity as God’s grown-up children, they need the blessing of spiritual parents. Spiritual parents will nurture a baby and provide tender loving care. Spiritual parents will answer questions and guide spiritual children to learn about Jesus Christ. As spiritual children become spiritual teenagers – with all the characteristics of teenagers, good and bad – spiritual parents will calmly continue to love, teach, and parent them as they grow to full adulthood in Christ.

And when a spiritual child you raise becomes a parent, you will become a spiritual grandparent. You will continue to guide and help this first generation with their own spiritual children, help them become better spiritual parents, and also help with your spiritual grandchildren.

Consider your answers to the questions below about this circle of life. Feel free to consult parents and grandparents in your church to gather details.

DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
What do human parents want for their children?

Final questions:
How are you involved in helping others grow toward spiritual and emotional maturity in your church?

We tend to feel drawn toward a particular age with which we feel comfortable and competent.
For you, would that be helping with spiritual infants and nurturing them?
For you, would that be helping with spiritual children and teaching them?
For you, would that be helping with spiritual teenagers and leading them?
For you, would that be helping with spiritual parents, helping them with the grandchildren?

Look for the four generations in your church.
Who watches over you like a parent? Who led you to Christ? Who led them to Christ?

Who functions like a spiritual parent in your church now? Who are the “children” they watch over? Who is the grandparent who watches over them?

Is the pastor functioning like a spiritual grandparent, equipping and encouraging others to minister? (Eph 4:12)

Imagine the church as a four cornered room.
Who is in the spiritual infant corner, where others must care for them as they are helpless?
Who is at the spiritual child corner, full of questions and curiosity to learn?
Who is at the spiritual teenager corner, discovering their calling and working at it?
Who is in the spiritual parent corner, ready to help others grow up?

Who. in each corner, is outgrowing the purpose of that corner? It’s no longer sufficient for their changing needs because they are ready to move on to the next?

Parents nurture, but they also have a calling.
In which corner is their ministry to be found?

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Key: Origin: Last Revision: 9/7/20.

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The Servant Corner – Study Questions

ASSIGNMENT #1: Write or outline a sermon or sermon series on each of these scriptures:

Mark 8:27-38
Questions:
What is the result of Jesus carrying his cross?
How is your cross like the cross of Jesus?
What benefit to all comes from your carrying your cross?

What was the message that Satan spoke through Peter?
How do we still hear that message today?
What is the antidote for Satan’s message?

1 Corinthians 12
Questions:
How many “varieties of working” are there? Can there only be nine?
What is a “manifestation of the Spirit”?
Is it true that everyone has a manifestation of the Spirit?
Is it true that God chooses the form of this manifestation?

How did the Corinthians misuse their gifts?
How did they envy and despise each other?

Is it true that the church is connected, as Paul says in v. 22-26?
In what ways is your congregation like that of 1 Corinthians 12?

DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
Use these “Monroe’s Mountain” study questions to exegete the scripture.

What gets your attention?
What are the main points in the text?

What human needs or problems are addressed in the scripture?

What questions do you have about the text that you would ask a seminary professor?

What solution or hope does the text offer?
What does it say that we need to obey?

What would a camera see if this happened?

Who needs to hear this?
In general – i.e. people who are divorcing:
Specifically – my friend Bill:

What are the actual steps that I would take to implement God’s solution?

What stories or anecdotes or quotes would help illustrate the human need or problem?

What stories or anecdotes or quotes would help us visualize God’s solution happening before our eyes?

Definitions:
Story: a joke or tale, probably fictional
Anecdote: something that happened to me or someone in real life.
Quote: something someone said that is really poetic or meaningful.

ASSIGNMENT, Part 2:
Preach your sermons to each other.
Learn new insights from each other.
Share the stories with each other.

ASSIGNMENT, Part 3:

Human teenagers discover what sort of work they will do in this life.
Spiritual teenagers are also discovering God’s call for the spiritual work that they will do for God.

Your calling … your missional job for God … will be found at the center of five realities – your SHAPE that is how God has formed you. Your SHAPE consists of your …

Spiritual Gift – how God is manifest through what you do
Heart – what God asks will fit with who and what you deeply care about
Abilities – what God asks will fit with what you are able to do well
Personality – what God asks will fit with how God has prepared your personality
Experience – God will provide you with lots of experience to learn how to do God’s will

For more information on this system of discerning your “gift mix” –
https://www.freeshapetest.com/ or https://artofthinkingsmart.com/shape-personality-test/

Or https://fecministries.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/CPAC-SHAPE-Fillable.pdf
Or https://stmarksmidlo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/SHAPE.pdf

Or the book: S.H.A.P.E.: Finding and Fulfilling Your Unique Purpose for Life by Erik Rees
https://smile.amazon.com/S-H-P-Finding-Fulfilling-Purpose/dp/0310292484/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Shape+by+Erik+Rees&qid=1599007397&sr=8-1 (This is the book used for the identification of spiritual gifts at Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, where Rick Warren is senior pastor.)

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Key: Origin: Last Revision: 9/7/20.

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The Servant Corner

THE STORY: As a young Christian, I am sometimes overwhelmed with caring for my four children. Especially the baby! But I have fallen in love with God and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! And I have learned the lesson that my church family is there to help me where I need help. And I have learned that I am also needed and able to help my church family.

I love to cook, and what I love has led me to volunteer to help my pastor with my cooking skills. When a family in our church family is in crisis, and in need of a good meal, the pastor lets me know. Other women in my church family leave the ingredients at the church for me to pick up; they are very good at growing food. Other women in my church family watch over my children, so I am free to prepare the meal. The children love their grandmother’s in the faith!

When the meal is done, some of the husbands help me bring it to the home of the family that needs a good meal. The men are terrible cooks but they make good deliveries!

I love how all of us work together to do God’s will and each of us does what we are very able to do. There are many things I cannot do, but our pastor is careful to ask me to help where I am the very best person to do that task for the church family. This is my calling from God, to serve as I am gifted, and to be blessed by others as they use their gifts to serve, including helping me.

NOTE (my commentary):
IF “it takes a village to raise a child,”
THEN it takes a whole church working together in Christian Education to raise a disciple to full maturity!

What do these scriptures mean?

Mark 8:34 And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 
– The cross that Jesus carried was the way he served and blessed all of human kind.
– What is the cross that you will take up to serve and bless others? What has God called you to do?

1 Corinthians 12:4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
– God works through many people in many different ways; God uses our differences.
– What does verse 7 mean to you? What is the “manifestation of the spirit” in you?
– Set aside for a moment the 9 gifts that are listed next which the people at Corinth envied and coveted. Consider this instead: how is the spirit of God seen to work through you?

1 Corinthians 12:11 All these are inspired by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. 
– Do we get to choose what our spiritual gift will be, our “manifestation of the spirit”?
– Are we asked instead then to be good stewards of whatever strengths, talents and gifts we have received, and give thanks for them? And use them?

1 Corinthians 12:12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the organs in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 
– The human body is made up of very different parts, each with very different functions.
– The body is healthy if all of the parts are healthy and doing what they are made by God to do.
– How is your church like a body, with each part working differently yet all cooperating?
– Are your members all working differently, expressing all the variety and differences found in nature?
– Or are your members more alike, all acting alike, serving alike, imitating each other?

Consider your answers to the questions below about human teenagers and born again adolescents. Feel free to consult parents and grandparents in your church to gather details.

DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
What do human teenagers want?

What do human teenagers say they want?
What do human teenagers show they want by what they do?

Are teenagers in Uganda looking for what will be their life’s work, their employment?
Are Christians at the adolescent level in your church looking for their spiritual life’s work? Their ministry in the church, the cross they are to carry, serving in their place in the body?

Are teenagers in Uganda looking for another person to form a human family and raise children?
Are Christians at the adolescent level in your church looking for partners to serve with them in their ministries? Forming teams to do God’s work?

What problems do human teenagers need help with?
What problems do Christians at the adolescent level struggle with?
Do they desire more to be like each other than to be the unique person God made them to be?
Do they seek the approval of God or the approval of their peer group?
Do they work calmly and cooperatively, or are they jealous, envious, quick to anger, easily offended?

Final questions:
If there is a problem to be solved or a human need or suffering, do the Christians at the adolescent level in your church move toward the task or away to amuse themselves?

How do you see Christians at the adolescent level in your church carrying a cross to bless others as Jesus did?
What is that cross that they carry for the sake of others?

When it is time to wash feet, as Jesus did, do Christians at the adolescent level in your church do their part? Do they wish the places of honor or the places of service?

What are the cooperative teams that have naturally formed to do God’s work at your church?
Who is on each team? What is the gift that they use?

Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.
Key: Origin: Last Revision: 9/7/20.

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S.O.W. Questions – Village Bible Studies

S.O.W. Questions – Village Bible Studies

S.O.W. Questions from C.P.M.
What does it say?
What does it say that I should obey?
Who needs to hear this?

CPM Movie
http://disciplewalk.com/files/CPM_Movie.mpg
(Long download)

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The Question Corner – Study Questions

ASSIGNMENT #1: Write or outline a sermon or sermon series on this scripture:

Text: John 8:29-36.

Focus on:
31 Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

Questions for discussion:
1. What is the visible difference between “those who believe” and those who “truly are disciples”?
2. What does one do to obey when Jesus says “Continue in my word”?
3. All scripture is God’s word, but are the words of Jesus more important than the rest of the Bible?
4. What is the truth we will learn by “continuing” in the word of Jesus?

DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
Use these “Monroe’s Mountain” study questions to exegete the scripture.

What gets your attention?
What are the main points in the text?

What human needs or problems are addressed in the scripture?

What questions do you have about the text that you would ask a seminary professor?

What solution or hope does the text offer?
What does it say that we need to obey?

What would a camera see if this happened?

Who needs to hear this?
In general – i.e. people who are divorcing:
Specifically – my friend Bill:

What are the actual steps that I would take to implement God’s solution?

What stories or anecdotes or quotes would help illustrate the human need or problem?

What stories or anecdotes or quotes would help us visualize God’s solution happening before our eyes?

Definitions:
Story: a joke or tale, probably fictional
Anecdote: something that happened to me or someone in real life.
Quote: something someone said that is really poetic or meaningful.

ASSIGNMENT, Part 2:
Preach your sermons to each other.
Learn new insights from each other.
Share the stories with each other.

Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.
Key: Origin: Last Revision: 9/7/20.

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The Question Corner

THE STORY: As a young mother, I am sometimes overwhelmed with caring for my four children. Especially the little ones! They are so curious, and ask me hundreds of questions. And I know none of the answers. I don’t know what to do with their questions.

Last Sunday I was so tired, and the baby needed a bath and needed his diaper changed, and I just couldn’t deal with the demands of my other three children for attention.

So I decided to turn to God for help in my time of need. As the congregation was singing the first hymn, loudly praising God, I slipped into the back of the church and left the three little ones in the back pew. Trusting God to take care of them, I went home and took a nap with my baby!

I am here to bear witness that God answers prayers! When I returned four hours later, I found the three little ones happy and content. Each one had found a grandmother – to sit on her lap and listen to their questions. I don’t know if these grandmothers knew the answers, but they really knew how to listen to my children. They felt so loved! As I left with my three little ones, the friendly pastor invited me to return the following week!

Truly, God is at work and miracles still happen! What happened to my children is proof of that!

NOTE (my commentary):
IF “it takes a village to raise a child,”
THEN it takes a whole church working together in Christian Education to raise a disciple to full maturity!

Matthew 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Eventually babies grow to be children that can walk and talk. They are curious and ask many questions. When they feel safe, they begin to explore their world.

As Christians grow up from being like little babies who must be cared for by an adult, they enter a stage like that of children. They are filled with energy and want to play with their friends. They learn what is expected of them, what good manners and good behavior are. They want to help the adult and earn respect for what they can do.

They begin to talk and they ask many questions, because they are very curious.

A growing Christian who does not talk, who is not curious, who does not ask questions may still be at the “baby” stage – all they want is to be loved, to be fed, and to be held as they sleep.

In churches in the United States, it is estimated that 83% of worship attenders are at the baby stage, no matter how long they have been a Christian.[1]

Consider your answers to the questions below about human children and born again children. Feel free to consult parents and grandparents in your church to gather details.

DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
What do little children want?

What do children talk about?
Who do they want to talk with?
What sort of questions do they ask?
Do they seem to want to explore their world?

What problems do human children need help with?
What can they do for themselves?
Who has to help them when they cannot help themselves?

How are young Christians like human children?
What do they like to do?
Do they want to help their elders and around the church?
Who do they want to be with?

What do they talk about?
What sort of questions do curious young Christians ask?
Whom do they ask? Who are their natural teachers?

What questions are people asking in your church, about life and about Jesus?
What are people curious to learn?

In your church, who specifically are the people asking you questions?
In your church, who specifically are the people who are NOT asking questions?

Final questions:
If three young children were found alone on the back pew of your congregation during worship this Sunday, what would happen next?

Who would be the specific persons in your congregation who would step forward to care for the children? What are their names? What would they do?

When the mother returned for her baby, would the people be kind? What would happen afterward?

SOURCE – Footnotes:
[1] Newborns are primarily found at worship and fellowship activities. Receiving nurture is their goal. People move from newborn to child level by showing interest in becoming more involved. As safety, security and belonging needs are met, curiosity emerges. Research shows that only 17% of church attenders participate in Sunday School, bible study or any learning event outside of worship. If they were curious, they would attend these classes. Source: George Barna, quoted by Greg Ogden in the book Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003), 26.
Cited in Seminar One Diagnosis, by David O. Kueker – http://disciplewalk.com/files/Seminar_One_Diagnosis.pdf – page 37.

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The Nursery Corner – Study Questions

ASSIGNMENT, Part 1: Write or outline a sermon or sermon series on these scriptures:

1 Corinthians 3:1-15
(Focus on verses 1-3)

Hebrews 5:11-14;

1 Corinthians 8:1-3

DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
Use these “Monroe’s Mountain” study questions to exegete the scripture.

What gets your attention?
What are the main points in the text?

What human needs or problems are addressed in the scripture?

What questions do you have about the text that you would ask a seminary professor?

What solution or hope does the text offer?
What does it say that we need to obey?

What would a camera see if this happened? If people obeyed?

Who needs to hear this?
In general – example, people who are divorcing:
Specifically – example, my friend Bill who is going through a divorce:

What are the actual steps that I would take to implement God’s solution?

What stories or anecdotes or quotes would help illustrate the human need or problem?

What stories or anecdotes or quotes would help us visualize God’s solution happening before our eyes?

Definitions:
Story: a joke or tale, probably fictional
Anecdote: something that happened to me or someone in real life.
Quote: something someone said that is really poetic or meaningful.

ASSIGNMENT, Part 2:
Preach your sermons to each other.
Learn new insights from each other.
Share the stories with each other.

Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.
Key:002 Origin: 07/28/2020. Last Revision: 9/7/20.

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The Nursery Corner

THE STORY: As a young mother, I am sometimes overwhelmed with caring for my four children. Especially the baby! Last Sunday I was so tired, and the baby was crying, hungry, needed a bath and needed his diaper changed, and I just couldn’t do what was needed.

So I decided to turn to God for help in my time of need. As the congregation was singing the first hymn, loudly praising God, I slipped into the back of the church and laid my baby down in the back. Trusting God to take care of my baby, I went home and took a nap!

I am here to bear witness that God answers prayers! When I returned four hours later, I found my baby sleeping peacefully. He was fed, content, had been bathed, dressed in clean clothes and his diaper had been changed. As I left with my baby, the friendly pastor invited me to return the following week!

Truly, God is at work and miracles still happen! What happened to my baby is proof of that!

NOTE (my commentary):
IF “it takes a village to raise a child,”
THEN it takes a whole church working together in Christian Education to raise a disciple to full maturity!

In John chapter 3, Jesus says that we must be “born again.” Humans are born as babies and have to grow up. And it takes some time, even years. What if newborn Christians also start out like babies that have to grow up?

Consider your answers to the questions below about human infants and born again babies. Feel free to consult parents and grandparents in your church to gather details.

DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
What do human babies want?

How often do human babies cry?
Who do they want when they cry?
How do you get them to stop crying?
Does ordering them to stop crying work? Yelling? Long sermons?

How often do human babies get hungry?
What do babies eat?
How long before they can feed themselves?

What problems do human babies need help with?
What can they do for themselves?
Who has to help them when they cannot help themselves?

How are newborn Christians like human babies?
What do newborn Christians want?

How often do newborn Christians cry?
Who do newborn Christians want when they cry?
How do you get them to stop crying?
Does ordering them to stop crying work? Yelling? Long sermons?

How often do newborn Christians get hungry?
What do newborn Christians eat?
Read these verses and consider what babies want:
1 Corinthians 3:1-3; Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Corinthians 8:1b
How long before they can feed themselves?

What problems do newborn Christians need help with?
What can they do for themselves?
Who has to help them when they cannot help themselves?

Final questions:
If a crying baby was found alone on the back pew of your congregation during worship this Sunday, what would happen next?

Who would be the specific persons in your congregation who would step forward to care for the infant? What are their names?

When the mother returned for her baby, would the people be kind? What would happen afterward?

Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.
Key:002 Origin: 07/28/2020. Last Revision: 9/7/20

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