Childlikeness: An Essential for Disciples

From: Volume 4, Issue 2: Fall 2007, Children's Spirituality Pages 322-339

Abstract

Jesus, in his teaching from the Gospels, conveys important truths about children and their value, yet sometimes alludes to them in a figurative way to illustrate important truths about the kingdom and challenge adults to faith and spiritual growth. In a few key passages--this study will primarily focus on those from Matthew--the child is held up in Jesus' teaching as a radical new model for understanding God and the kingdom of heaven. An understanding of children and childlikeness appears to be more important in a basic understanding of the gospel and the way of the disciple than those of Jesus' day--as well as many in the current day--have conceived. These truths have important implications for changing Christian education ministry to both children and adults.

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