Appendix Who Was Added to  The Church in Acts? A Series by Dennis Gunderson – Conclusion of 8 Parts Previous in the Series A careful study of the book of Acts concerning who was "added" to the church (Acts 2:47) reveals a striking absence: the terms used make no reference to small children being added to the churches! This does not necessarily mean no children were converted; but it is an important silence, and should not be taken as entirely without significance. There is simply no record in the New Testament of professions of faith or baptisms of children. There are no instances in ActsRead More →

Some Positive Concluding Counsel A Series by Dennis Gunderson – Part 7 of 8 Previous in the Series Next in the Series   We have now seen that nearly everything about recognizing a valid profession of faith is very difficult to ascertain with certainty in children. Where does this leave us? We have advised against haste and shown its dangers, urging parents rather to take advantage of the long-term opportunities we have with our children. But it is not as though there is nothing positive to be done! What should you do when your child appears to show signs of a work of grace inRead More →

The Manifestations of Faith A Series by Dennis Gunderson – Part 6 of 8 Previous in the Series Next in the Series   When dealing with evidences of true conversion, there is no warrant for suggesting that we can be satisfied with seeing anything less in a child than we would in an adult. What we must anticipate seeing is substantially the same in both cases, assuming of course a less mature and articulate expression in a child. There must be: "repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 20:21). A true believer is one who turns from sins and has restedRead More →

Childhood – A Time For Patient Cultivation A Series by Dennis Gunderson – Part 5 of 8 Previous in the Series Next in the Series All too often today, children are put on a par with adults. We live in an age in which, in most modern nations of the world, children and their interests are taken far more seriously than in any previous time. This is certainly true in our country. For this reason, many parents attribute too much maturity to their children. The fact is a child is very much an unfinished product. Childhood, viewed biblically, is a stage in which parents areRead More →

The Likelihood of Deception in Children A Series by Dennis Gunderson – Part 4 of 8 Previous in Series Next in Series Paul, in the second half of Ephesians 4:14, says children are easily swayed "…by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming…" Deceivers find easy prey in children. Proverbs 22:15 states, "Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child." Proverbs reiterates this theme; the very introduction of that book of wisdom tells us so. It is part of the very rationale for the book itself, intended to be a primer in moral wisdom and instruction from fathers to children. ProverbsRead More →

The Changeableness and Instability of Children A Series by Dennis Gunderson – Part 3 of 8 Previous in Series Next in Series The first half of Ephesians 4:14 points to another trait in children: As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine… Again, this is a description of what we adults should not be but what children are. This instability is predictably and naturally found in children. They are easily swayed. The choices of children swing like pendulums; their wishes, opinions, and commitments change quickly. You may say, "WeRead More →

The Intellectual Immaturity of Children A Series by Dennis Gunderson – Part 2 of 8 Previous in Series Next in Series   While the desire to win children to the Lord burns in pastors as much as parents, for most pastors are parents too, yet parents often find themselves in conflict with pastors who seem, to them, overly cautious about their child’s profession. Pastors often find themselves at odds with impatient parents eager to get their child baptized at the first hopeful glimmer of interest in the Lord. In so doing, parents often show insensitive blindness to the considerable difficulties of being sure that aRead More →

A Parent’s Greatest Concern A Series by Dennis Gunderson – Part 1 of 8 Next in the Series The family is all together at home, you’re in your favorite chair with a book, and the phone hasn’t even rung once all evening! But then your seven-year-old daughter strolls over to your chair and quietly delivers to you a most unexpected announcement, shattering the calm: "Daddy, I think I’m saved." These are words you have longed to hear; but still, you are in a state of shock! After all, this is the first time she’s ever spoken with such confidence of being converted. Mixed feelings fillRead More →