2 Tim 3:16-17 (New International Reader’s Version)
16 God has breathed life into all Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right. 17 By using Scripture, the servant of God can be completely prepared to do every good thing.
For Kids’ Ministry, we’ve kicked off our 2nd year of Online Awana and listed above is our Theme Verse for Sept 2021-June 2022. We place a high priority on the teaching of scripture with our children but I’m looking forward to what our kids will share and teach us about their reflections on scripture.
Here are a few thoughts so far related to this passage…
“God has breathed life into all scripture…” A reminder that God has inspired ALL of scripture. There isn’t one sentence that doesn’t have value, whether we fully understand it or not. Every measurement, name listed in a genealogy, geographical mention….each has it’s purpose to reveal to us who our God is & how he loves us.
“It’s useful for teaching us what’s true…” We live in a time where our modern world tends to present truth as “relative” or “my truth” …… This passage reminds us that the source of truth is God himself and it’s in His word that we can really understand what truth is, not just our own version or preference of it. God’s desire is for us to seek truth, which is based in seeking Him. Only then, can we teach that which is of real value.
In using this scripture for the entire ministry year, we have encouraged the kids to each color a poster based on this passage or create their own poster of this scripture. This artwork is then shared with others during our weekly Zoom Calls. It’s been great to see the creativity of each child who has submitted so far and each one has been unique. Our prayer is that this project would help deepen our appreciation for scripture & point each of us to God.
One of the surprises of COVID has been the opportunity to look at time in a different way. As we each continue to work through the changing restrictions, my prayer is that we would continue to make time for scripture, the reflection of scripture, the transformation of scripture in each of hearts, especially as we begin this Advent season.