Speaker: Jedd Medefind
Title: Tangible Grace
  • Introduction
    • Our society is diseased with wrong messages, especially to children
      • Children learn young that the world is full of hollow claims
    • When claims become so hyperbolic, how do we show them that Jesus is real nourishment for the soul?
      • If our messages hinge on just being funny or entertaining, they will be short-lived and forgotten, just like the other advertising messages.
    • If we are to bear witness in a marketing age, we must make grace “touchable”
    • Jesus used this model and gave tangible object lessons and stories
  • One of the greatest ways to teach is to love the orphan.
    • This makes the gospel tangible like nothing else can do.
    • When Christians are loving the orphan they are setting forth a mirror of God’s character.
    • Loving orphans isn’t about us being rescuers. It’s about showing that we have been rescued.
    • When we know that God cares for the destitute child, we can believe that God cares for us.
  • When grace becomes touchable, it also becomes costly.
    • Abstract grace is easy physically and emotionally
    • Touchable grace is difficult physically and emotionally
    • This is why God gives us the church, the entire community is needed
  • The role of the children’s minister is to create an environment that is welcoming and serving to those in these situations.
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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.