Here’s a list for you:
Noah, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Balaam, Saul, Elijah, David, Solomon, and Ezra
What do these guys have in common besides being in the Bible and the fact that I am probably about to use them to teach you something?
Well these were all people who built altars to honor God after a particular experience with God. And let’s not forget Abraham who built more altars than anyone else in the Bible.
Altars in the Bible symbolized communion with God and memorialized significant encounters with Him.
For modern day altars we have Baptism and well… that’s about it. In Children’s Ministry we have a Child Dedication class as well to memorialize a significant spiritual development point in both parents and KiDs.
But what else? I think we would all agree that encounters in the Bible are plentiful, but what percentage of those encounters are baptisms?
Now please don’t take this as a criticism of baptism because it’s just not. Baptism is the first step in showing obedience to the new Lord in our life. It is a symbol of the death, burial & resurrection of our Lord and describes our relationship with Him. We’ve died to the old self and been born new of the Spirit of God.
But instead what spiritual development points are put into place for kids’ lives past baptism? What rites of passage per se does your Children’s Ministry or Student Ministry have in place to symbolize spiritual development.
What are your thoughts? What can we do to help our kids understand when they have a significant experience with God?