Preaching rarely seen in Bible camps When I was in college, I had the privelege of being a Bible camp counselor during the summers. I have heard many people preach at kid's camp. However, most of their preaching was worthless. In this sermon, Brother Paul really sets an example of effective preaching to children. You hear a patient, loving minister who you get the impression takes the faith very seriously in his life. He teaches in a very simple manner that is very thoughtful and instructive. I think that this kind of teaching naturally flows out of a dedicated Christian life.
Many of the people I heard did a terrible job of preaching. My pastor says, "what you win them with is what you win them to." Their preaching was fueled by entertainment, an appeal to selfish desires, and use of the wisdom of man. ultimately, most of the speakers won the children to an entertaining, sugar daddy version of God and Jesus--a false Jesus. Mr. Washer used the gospel and the very word of God to win them to to real Jesus Christ. And, not to mention, he was even still a down to earth, humorous man to these children. ("Bye!")
Perhaps the most noteworthy thing from this sermon is that Mr. Washer advises these children to read the entire Bible. How often does this happen? Surely it is no unreasonable advice!
Florin Motiu (6/7/2011)
from Oradea, Romania
Interesting. It was interesting and useful to see how a preacher accommodates to children and tries to speak to them about the eternal things.