Raising Children Who Love the Lord

Our children’s salvation is not of our doing and is entirely up to the will of the Lord, but as parent’s we have the honor and privilege to faithfully equip our children with tools of the Bible to help guide their thoughts and give them a sturdy foundation based on the gospel.

“It is said that a child’s world view is built by the time they turn 11, and so it is easier to teach than to correct.” Desiree Myers

Ray and Desiree Myers volunteer in Rkids Discipleship Co-op, they also make it a priority to teach scripture to their four children; Karis, Sophia, Amare and Elias at home throughout the week to raise children who love the Lord.

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A typical moment teaching scripture in the Myers home starts in the morning where everyone gathers for breakfast. They begin by praying for a variety of things; family, friends, community, current events, and everyone is given a chance at saying their own prayer. This is followed by singing praises and rejoicing by lifting up their voices in hymn and one old-school kid’s song; for example, we all know how the song “Father Abraham” goes:

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“Father Abraham had many sons

Many sons had Father Abraham

I am one of them

And so are you

So let's just praise the Lord…left arm, right arm…”

You get the point.

Next is time to open the Word of God. Desiree focuses on one Bible story all week long, but will read out of different story book bibles each day so that their children will gain different perspectives of the stories, and on the last day they read out of an ESV regular translation. Scripture memory work is also integrated into their morning time.

Life and work schedules make the majority of the teaching done in the mornings with Desiree, but Ray also finds time with the kids after his work days to talk about the gospel and stories that have impacted him throughout the day.

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“I am done by the end of the day, so we kiss them and bless them together and, Ray will ask questions about their studies from the morning or read whatever is on his heart or where [in bible] he has been reading.”

Investing time to read the bible and pray with their children, has blessed the Myers with sweet moments and conversations that they will cherish through their life and in eternity as well. During a conversation that stemmed from the family’s prayer time allowed Desiree and Ray to be present and guide their two oldest, Karis and Sophia when they first made their proclamations of faith! Witnessing the children’s different responses to the Gospel has also been some of the Myers’ greatest joys in discipling their children.

“Our first born is very pragmatic and recognized her need for Jesus to save her from her sins because she was not perfect regardless of all her efforts. Our second born is very relational and made her first proclamation of faith because she wants to spend eternity with God.”

Ray and Desiree feel that the gospel comes to life in their home when their children apologize and repent to one another. It is not too often that parents practice repentance to their children, but having that modeled in a home allows children to see Jesus working through mom and dad and the grace that the Lord extends to all of us. We can raise children who love the Lord by living out God’s commands in our day-to-day lives.

“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deut. 6:7

Teaching scripture to our children is a big responsibility but one that God commands us to do. The Myers recognize the impact of the verse Matthew 6:19-21, which tells us that by being faithful we are building treasures in heaven. Ray and Desiree discuss why they take on this responsibility with their children and that the children are commanded to respect and honor their parents. Each family member has a role in honoring God in the family and each one will be held accountable to the Lord

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Another way to live out God’s word is through serving as a family. The Myers starting serving in RKids Discipleship Co-Op because they wanted to model service to their own children, and it was also a practical way for Ray and Desiree to serve together. After a short time, the Myers started to see the impact that Ray’s presence had on the children in R-Kids.

“It is almost expected for a mother to take part in children’s ministry, but a man’s presence is very vital for children…our kids need to learn what a father’s presence can offer, the peace, the protection and the affection, as these men are the reflection of the Father for us. Imagine what our society’s view of our Heavenly Father will be if we do not have it properly modeled.”

Raising our children to love the Lord does not need to be a daunting task. Ray and Desiree noted that 5 minutes a day with your kids reading something simple adds up to 30 hours per year. 30 HOURS! That is a huge investment done in tiny batches! They suggest to NOT stress about how well it is done or if your children are paying attention. Just seeing that is important to you will give them a perspective of the importance of the gospel.



Recommended resources from a self-proclaimed bible hoarder (Desiree Myers) to help you with your study:

Jesus Story Book Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones

ESV Seek and Find

Training Hearts and Teaching Minds by Starr Meade

Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by RC Sproul





A Legacy of Serving Together

Serving as a part of R-Kids ministry at Resurrection Church means partnering with parents to disciple the children of the church to know and love Jesus. Judd and Marissa Youell have been carrying out this mission on Sunday mornings for years in R-Kids, and along the way, they discovered these acts of service taking on deeper meaning in their own lives. The Youell’s children, Jonathan and Anna, began serving alongside of them in R-Kids, and together a deep impact was made not just on the the children of the ministry, but on the Youell family themselves.

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On any Sunday morning, the Youells can most often be found serving in the nursery and toddler room. For Judd and his family, serving here was a matter of being called to where the need was greatest. Recalling this, Judd details their beginnings in R-Kids, “I serve because I was asked to. It’s not anything real deep and spiritual and theological. I said, I’ll serve anywhere… so here I am.” This simple yet powerful call to serve the kids in the nursery came down to acknowledging their call as Christians. Judd knew the command in God’s Word to serve those around us, and how important it was to show his own kids that this is part of how God’s work is done in the world. As a father and follower of Christ, he led his family to loving others through service, and because of this his children do the same.


Serving in the church has been a part of life for as long as Anna, Judd and Marissa’s daughter, can remember. This legacy of service exemplified in her parents has had a deep impact on how Anna herself carries out the Christian call to serve and love others. Anna speaks to the heart of service by acknowledging that it should be a major part of our everyday lives as those who walk with Christ. In her own words, Anna reflects on how serving in R-Kids has strengthened her Christian walk, “...you have to be a servant to these kids. There’s no way you can’t be a servant. You can’t just sit on the sidelines and do nothing because there’s always something you need to do. And I think that has helped with learning how to serve everyone in any situation.”


Anna’s words serve as a powerful reminder that we are called, as Christians, to serve those around us. And oftentimes that means serving those who can’t give back, those who need the Gospel truth not only spoken to them, but exemplified to them through service. Because Judd and Marissa led their children to serve others in this way, Anna’s walk with Christ has embodied the Christian values of love and service as well.


Serving the children in R-Kids is not only a blessing to the kids and the parents whom the ministry serves, but for the Youells, serving in R-Kids became a blessing to their own family simply through serving alongside one another. Judd and Marissa were able to teach their own children Gospel truths by engaging their walk with Christ in this way, and in turn countless others have been taught to know, love and serve kids. Judd and Marissa, along with Anna and Jonathan, have not only carried out the mission of R-Kids, but the mission Jesus gives his followers to last through the centuries - go and make disciples.

If you are interested in serving the parents and children of our church, follow this link to sign up for serving in R-Kids.

If you are a parent and are looking for more resources to disciple your kids to love Jesus and follow him, R-Kids not only sends out a regular newsletter but also has an Instagram page that can further encourage and equip you.

And with all of this, please continue to pray that R-Kids would be a place that would grow to be filled with stories like the Youells, where families build legacies of service and kids come to know and love Jesus, over and over again.





Serving Impacts Discipleship

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Every Sunday, we have a body of believers gathering for worship and learning God’s Word together. They meet in the basement of our building, and on any given week around 180 kids are discipled and equipped to learn about the good news of Jesus. R-Kids is a ministry whose mission is to partner with parents in discipling their kids to know, love, and serve kids. It exists not only for the young body of believers in our church, but for the families that surround them.

Natalie Spotts has served with R-Kids for almost two years. In that time, she has had the opportunity to watch her own kids grow in their faith and can personally testify to how serving has become a “big part of our family’s heartbeat,” and the way it affects the discipleship of her family as a whole. To hear Natalie’s story, watch the video below and discover more about the ways God has worked through her serving in R-Kids to disciple and equip her family.

Natalie’s story is a testimony to the importance of serving in the church. In R-Kids specifically, she reminds us that it is an “investment in the generations to come,” and that “there’s a place for everybody to make this ministry run smoothly and reach these kids with the gospel.” If you feel called to serve with R-Kids or simply want more information on how R-Kids can provide a space of discipleship for your family, you can get involved today.

Finding Community Through Serving Together

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The Dobson family first decided to serve in R-Kids solely for the reason that there was a need for volunteers, but what they found was a family within the R-Kids Discipleship Co-Op and a place that also impacts their own children’s lives in a special way.

When Stephanie was close to having their third boy, during a VIP (Vision, Information & Prayer) meeting, the whole R-Kids team laid hands on the Dobson family and prayed for them and for their future.

“It was really cool to witness that and have our boys see people laying hands and praying for our family…a special moment we won’t forget…I felt very loved and very supported.”

Their involvement has not only brought them closer to God’s people, it has helped them draw closer to the Lord too. Being a part of a missional community has inspired them to read their bibles more often and study God’s word. They also love to use the R-Kids bible memory verses taught in class on Sunday in their own home with their three boys.

Watch this video and learn why the Dobson family makes serving a priority for their busy family and how it has helped them disciple their growing family:

Called to Serve Our Kids

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We sat down with Renee recently and asked her to share about serving in our kids ministry.

Q. Why Do you serve in kids ministry?

A. I serve in kids Ministry because I feel deeply called by Jesus to invest in the lives of kids. I love seeing the pure joy and excitement in kids when they start to understand the Gospel. It makes me want to take that feeling, bottle it up and share it with everyone I know!

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Q. How do the kids evidence the gospel of Jesus to you? 

A. Kids evidence the gospel by showing me what forgiveness and grace mean in a simple way, the way Jesus designed them to be. The gospel isn't meant to be complicated and children always remind me of how simple and beautiful Jesus' love for sinners is.

 
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Q. How has serving deepened your love for God? 

A. Serving has deepened my love for God because I always get more out of it than I actually give and in turn it causes me to be in awe of how sovereign, loving and gracious God really is.  Also it has helped me to see how much He is working and shaping the lives of His children so they can serve Him!

 

Q. What encouragement would you have for those who want to serve, but are hesitant to try kids ministry? 

A. I would tell them that serving in kids Ministry is going to bless them more than they could imagine if they would give it a try! There is a unique beauty and joy in serving God's children, and kids are so much fun to love on and invest in! Plus, in kids Ministry there's never a dull moment!