This is a true historical event. On a large sea coast, many people lost their lives as ships crashed along the rocky shores. Caring citizens built rescue stations and trained volunteers how to row boats out to rescue the drowning people. They even put up bright lights to warn ships of the dangerous rocks.
Over time the citizens began to make the rescue stations more comfortable by adding chairs and tables and refreshments. Soon there was no room for the boats, no time to rescue the lost and no time for training the workers.
Ships continued to crash on the rocky shores and lives were lost at sea while the once “rescue center” had now turned into a “lighthouse club” for the citizens enjoyment.
Story: Rescue Centers / Training Centers
This often happens to churches. Once focused on saving lives and training believers to use their gifts many churches have become inward focused (trying to please their members) rather than focusing on the simple commands:
Warning: This can happen very quickly in a long running ministry for children. The focus can drift to entertainment or just fun or the “latest attraction.” GameLife Training Centers focus on two main areas at all times:
Rescuing the Lost: Evangelism Outreaches (at least 3 times a year)
Training the Workers: Disciple Making. Every week teaching God’s word and Training Champions for Eternity!
The Bible says it best:
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed,
knowing from whom you learned it
15 and how from childhood
you have been acquainted with the sacred writings,
which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching,
for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:14-17 (emphasis added)
“Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6 (emphasis added)
“You shall teach them diligently to your children,
and shall talk of them when you sit in your house,
and when you walk by the way,
and when you lie down, and when you rise.
GameLife 1-2-3 inspires, equips, resources, challenges,
and trains parents and diligent children’s leaders.
This strategy will help fulfill the Great Commission ““All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18b-20.
In child-friendly terms, we call this “Training Champions for Eternity!”