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Kids Entering God’s Presence Part 5 – The Brazen Altar

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But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.   Hebrews 10:12 

The brazen altar is the first piece of furniture is the tabernacle of Moses. It’s located in the outer courts. This was where the sacrifices took place. The fires on this altar burned day and night, consuming sacrifices for the sins of the people.

We no longer have to sacrifice on the brazen altar. Jesus paid the price for our sin. He is our ultimate sacrifice.

Children cannot enter the presence of God until they have accepted this sacrifice, until they have been saved.

Leading children into salvation is the greatest thing you can do as a children’s pastor. Unfortunately, there are many who believe children shouldn’t accept Christ as their savior until their older, until they understand what their doing. This is faulty thinking. They may not understand everything about salvation. I don’t either. But they can respond to what they do understand.

According to Barna studies, 43% of all Christians today were saved before the age of 13, and 64% were saved before the age of 18. These statistics show how important it is to lead children to Christ at an early age.

In churches where salvation altar calls are given, it is joked about that some children will “get saved” every week. This should not be discouraged. Although you can teach children that the commitment they make to Christ will last, every time a child wants to respond to God, it’s a good thing.

Also as children grow and mature, they will respond to God on deeper levels and may feel the need to renew their commitment to God from time to time.

There were different types of offering given at the brazen altar. These types of sacrifices can help you teach children the ways they need to respond to Christ’s sacrifice for them.

  • Sin and Trespass Offerings:  Jesus was our sin offering.  If we ask Him to He will save us from everything we’ve ever done wrong.
  • Burnt Offering:  We are to offer our lives & our own self-interests to God.  Romans 12:1.
  • Meal Offering:  We offer our time & talents to God.
  • Peace Offering:  If we have anything against someone, we need to get it right before we worship.

The best method I know for teaching children about salvation is the Wordless Book. This link  will show you how to use the book. These are the basic colors of the book:

  • Gold represents God. God is in Heaven where there are streets of gold. God wants us to live in Heaven with Him.
  • Black represents sin. We can’t live with God in Heaven because we have sinned.
  • Red represents Christ. Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
  • White represents salvation. If we accept Jesus as our savior, He washes away our sins making us as white as snow.
  • Green represents growth. It doesn’t end there. God wants us to grow closer to Him.

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of preaching salvation and the sacrifice Christ made to children. Unless children have accepted Christ as their savior, it doesn’t matter how good they are or how much they obey their parents and teachers. It doesn’t matter how many Bible stories they know and how many verse they memorize. They are still sinners in need of a savior.

Kids Entering God’s Presence Part 3 – Enter His Courts With Praise

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Psalm 150   1 Praise the Lord! Praise God in his Temple. Praise him in his mighty heaven. 2 Praise him for his strength. Praise him for his greatness. 3 Praise him with trumpet blasts. Praise him with harps and lyres. 4 Praise him with tambourines and dancing. Praise him with stringed instruments and flutes. 5 Praise him with loud cymbals. Praise him with crashing cymbals. 6 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

Praise: An expression of approval or commendation

After the thanksgiving part of the service, it’s time to enter His courts with praise. Praise is an expression that shows we appreciate God for who He is and what He does. It requires action to express it. We can be thankful to God silently, but to praise God we have to do something.

Praise Primers: One way to help children with praise is to give a praise primer each week before praise time. A praise primer is an object lesson dealing with praise – what it is and why we should praise. You can look in your local Christian book store for object lesson resources John Tasch Ministries also has an excellent resource DVD of Praise Primers at this link.

Praise Words: There are many different Hebrew words for praise in the Old Testament. Each word denotes a different expression of praise. Teach the children a different word every week and encourage them to express their praise using these methods. I’ve listed some of the words, where they are found, and their definitions.

  •  Tehillah (pronounced tehela) To sing our praise to God with all our hearts. Psalm 35:28
  • Zamar (pronounced zamar) To use instruments to show praise. Psalm 57:7
  • Shabach (pronounced shabak) To shout. Psalm 145:4
  • Halal (pronounced halal) To celebrate, go mad over, or to be clamourously foolish. Similar to a celebration at a sporting event. Psalm 150:2
  • Machowl (pronounced machowil) To turn, skip, move around, lift the feet in dance. Psalm 150:4
  • Towdah (pronounced toda) To extend the hands in acceptance or agreement with God’s words and promises before you see the answer. Psalm 42:4
  • Yadah (pronounced yada) To lift the hand in praise. Psalm 28:7
  • Sachaq (pronounced sawqua) To laugh. Proverbs 8:30
  • Guwl (pronounced gool) To dance or spin. Psalm 118:24
  • Alats (pronounced awlais) To let out a battle cry. Psalm 68:3

Songs: Songs are a very important part of praise in Scripture and should be given a place of prominence in your Children’s Service. Songs used during praise time should express praise. Encourage the children to stand and participate by expressing themselves from the heart during praise songs. Make sure the songs don’t have too many words and that you don’t introduce too many new songs in one week. You want the children to concentrate more on praising God than learning words.

Motions and Sign Language: Motions are an important part of singing praise songs to God because children love to do things with their hands. What better thing could they do than express their praise to God. You can create your own motion or buy Children’s ministry DVD’s with the motions to the songs. One thing I love to do is to teach children sign language to the most important words in the song. Children love to do this. It’s easy to learn. Just go to the library or buy a book on religious signing.

Drama and Expressive Arts: Expression is an important part of praise. If your children’s ministry doesn’t have children’s team for drama, banners, dance, creative movement, or signing, consider starting one.

If you have a great resource for praise expression, please list it under comments. The next blog will focus on leading children into worship.

Kids Entering God’s Presence Part 2 – Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving

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Psalms 100:4   Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.

Psalm 95:2  Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

There are a lot of great ways to start children’s church. Some children’s ministries show countdowns and have fast-paced music playing. Some make sure children are excited with a high energy game. Still others love to have the children sing high energy activity songs.

All of these are great ways to start a children’s service and to get the wiggles out. In fact, Psalm 95:2 says we should enter His presence by making a joyful noise. But whatever we do, we need to make sure it’s for the glory of God.

So if we play a game, it should have something to do with the message that day or we might want to forget the game. Whatever activity songs we sing or activities we do should make a joyful noise and glorify God or we need to remove them from our programs.

Some children’s pastors at this point might gasp. “No game.” Breathe deeply. It will be all right. You don’t have to have a game in children’s church every week if you can’t think of a game that goes with that week’s message. You could even save your game bag for the end of service in case the pastor preaches longer than usual. It will be all right.

But there’s more to these Scriptures than making a joyful noise. You’ll also want to enter God’s presence with thanksgiving. Here’s a few ways you can incorporate thanksgiving into the beginning of your children’s service.

Prayer: Every children’s service or event should open in prayer. Make sure to thank God for the children in your children’s church during prayer time. If a child prays, have him or her thank God for bringing the children to children’s church.

Thanksgiving Song: Sometimes you might want to add a song of thanksgiving to your activity songs. One song that could be used is Bonkers” by Uncle Charlie (Made 2 Praise Vol. 11), but there are a lot of others. This isn’t necessary every week, but it’s a good idea from time to time.

Thanksgiving Lesson: Lessons on thanksgiving shouldn’t only happen at Thanksgiving.

Beanbag of Thanksgiving: Another way to have the children thank God is to have a beanbag of thanksgiving. Throw the beanbag to a few children during this part of the service. Any child who catches it must tell something he thanks God for. Remind children that this is a time for thanksgiving not prayer requests.

Thank God For Children: At the end of the Beanbag of Thanksgiving or during some time near the beginning of the service, you should thank God out loud for the children under your care. You can say something like this. “Scripture says children are a reward from the Lord, and blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. So I thank God for all of you. You are my reward from God.” This not only shows the children you’re thankfulness, but it gives them the assurance that God considers them a blessing when the world sometimes considers children a curse.

At this point, you’ll be ready to enter His courts with praise. I’ll blog more about that, next time.

Kids Entering the Presence of God Part 9 – The Altar of Incense

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2 Corinthians 2: 14-16  But thanks be to God, who always leads us in victory through Christ. God uses us to spread his knowledge everywhere like a sweet-smelling perfume.  Our offering to God is this: We are the sweet smell of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are being lost. To those who are lost, we are the smell of death that brings death. But to those who are being saved, we are the smell of life that brings life. So who is able to do this work? 

The table of incense is the last piece of furniture in the inner court of the tabernacle. This incense creates a sweet smelling cloud of smoke for the priests to enter into the Holy of Holies or into worship.

This incense is prayer given out of worship. Worship prayer is prayer that comes from our surrendering our lives to God. Our prayers of worship are sweet smelling incense to God. One way you can illustrate this is to bring a bottle of sweet smelling perfume to children’s church. Have the children smell the perfume. Tell the children that when they pray and when they worship, their prayers are like perfume to God.

One other way to illustrate this is to tell the story of Mary, the woman who broke the bottle of perfume and poured it on Jesus. Mary was extravagant in her worship. She used expensive perfume she was saving for her wedding. But she was willing to use that perfume to worship Jesus. That’s the kind of prayer God loves, the kind that smells sweet to Him.