Jody Wilkins: Living Sent in R-Kids Discipleship Co-op.
Last Sunday, Jody Wilkins shared his story about what it means to live sent in R-kids. If you missed Jody’s message, read below—we think you will be encouraged by what he had to say!
My name is Jody and I teach the R-kids 2nd to 5th grade class at the 1 o’clock service. I’ve volunteered at other services over the years as well, and it’s been a huge blessing to watch our kids grow as we in R-kids partner with you to disciple them to know, love, and serve Jesus.
To me, living sent means walking by faith in the belief that God has called us to be right here, right now. That just like He sent the apostles...just like He sends missionaries to other countries, He sends you and me into our homes and neighborhoods and schools and grocery stores and gyms and buses and train…”to shine your light before others that they might see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
When we are saved, we are adopted into God's family, and serving is an integral part of every family. Just like being in community, being on a service team is where we can bless others and be blessed, know others and be known.
I love serving in R-kids because:
We’re called to disciple children - whether you’re a parent or not. Psalm 145 commands that “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.”
It keeps me reading my Bible.
I get to serve alongside other imperfect people like me.
I have a family of other servant leaders that are helping me grow to be more like Jesus.
I get to wear a really cool shirt.
If you’re an older man, we need you to come be a grandpa in the faith to some of these kids. If you’re already a dad, let your kids see you be an example of serving faithfully in your local church. If you’re a young man (hint to you single guys and gals) we need you to come practice teaching the Bible and learn to parent- and you get to do it on someone else’s kids!
We would love for you to join us in R-kids, and learn how to spread the gospel in a fun, impactful way. Please visit the connect desk in the back after service, or contact Janelle Dutcher email@example.com. We’d love to talk further about how God has used kids’ ministry to equip our church family’s littlest members to live sent and how you can be a part of that too!