Spiritual & Natural Development
Two to Four Years
Humans develop in stages. Not exactly big news – everything that develops does it in stages. But did you know that for each stage of human development, there is a corresponding stage of spiritual growth too? And the most important of these comes first! Order the second of the series Spiritual Growth and Human Development and learn about the second stage of human development, from 2-4 years of age, and the corresponging spritual piece.
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In the first message of this series we began with the concept of congregational spiritual health. No discussion of congregational health can really be complete at all without considering the spiritual health of the children in the congregation. And regarding this premise, I’d like to draw your attention to three points.
First of all, the example that’s been set for us by Jesus Christ is one of including children. He would stop along the way and pick them up in His arms and focus His attention on them and bless them. And while He was doing that He issued a strong warning at one point, telling all those around Him not to offend children and attend to their needs. So if we ignore that warning, then we can be sure that things will not go well for us.
Secondly, it’s clear that no congregation lasts over time unless its children embrace the faith. A congregation could, I suppose, be marginally satisfying for the adults right up until the last member gets too old to attend anymore. And if there’s no renewal – no children growing up to replace those who are older – then the congregation ceases to exist.