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'A thankless task.' 'A waste of time.' Two of the ways worn out people have described the Christian training of children. You don't have to feel that way! In this book you will find encouragement, practical help and biblical principles. You will also go away with a new vision of the importance of the work in which you are involved. C.H Spurgeon shows us that telling young 'A thankless task.' 'A waste of time.' Two of the ways worn out people have described the Christian training of children. You don't have to feel that way! In this book you will find encouragement, practical help and biblical principles. You will also go away with a new vision of the importance of the work in which you are involved. C.H Spurgeon shows us that telling young people about Jesus is the most important task given to anyone, be they parent, teacher or youth leader.


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'A thankless task.' 'A waste of time.' Two of the ways worn out people have described the Christian training of children. You don't have to feel that way! In this book you will find encouragement, practical help and biblical principles. You will also go away with a new vision of the importance of the work in which you are involved. C.H Spurgeon shows us that telling young 'A thankless task.' 'A waste of time.' Two of the ways worn out people have described the Christian training of children. You don't have to feel that way! In this book you will find encouragement, practical help and biblical principles. You will also go away with a new vision of the importance of the work in which you are involved. C.H Spurgeon shows us that telling young people about Jesus is the most important task given to anyone, be they parent, teacher or youth leader.

30 review for Come Ye Children: Practical Help Telling Children about Jesus

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily Ann

    Definitely will keep this on my shelf and read again someday as a parent Lord willing! 😊

  2. 5 out of 5

    Becca Harris

    A short read but one of the most encouraging books on training and teaching kids that I have ever read!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robin Morgan

    Remember the days when you were a child, running around with apparently an unlimited supply of energy with our young minds jumping around from one thing to another to for an extended period of time one would think we never could focus on anything for an extended period of time. Yet, at the same time, our young minds absorbed things like a sponge. If we came from a Christian home, our young minds enthralled by the biblical stories we heard had been able to comprehend biblical teachings which our p Remember the days when you were a child, running around with apparently an unlimited supply of energy with our young minds jumping around from one thing to another to for an extended period of time one would think we never could focus on anything for an extended period of time. Yet, at the same time, our young minds absorbed things like a sponge. If we came from a Christian home, our young minds enthralled by the biblical stories we heard had been able to comprehend biblical teachings which our parents might have had a difficult time in comprehending since they’ve probably forgotten what they’d been taught as a child. According to scripture, you as a parent have commanded several times by the Lord to teach your children; and a few examples can be found be Deuteronomy 4:9-10, 6:7, Joshua 4:22, and Proverbs 22:6. And to do so is for the Lord should be looked as an honor to obey Him as you’re answering the higher calling he’s given you. However, the truth be said, many parents are unfortunately ill-equipped to adequately answer this calling which the Lord has given them, and must seek some guidance from a qualified mentor. Luckily for them there’s Charles H, Spurgeon of Blessed Memory [1834-1892] who this book, which is still being published today with an updated, modern English text, and a testament to the worthiness of what the book has to offer well over a hundred years later. Come Ye Children, is also a testament for the Lord, for He too has taken under the task of promising to teach His children as well; and as proof, you just need to check out the scriptural word which can be found in Psalm 132:12, Isaiah 54:13, and Psalm 34:11. And although the author is no longer alive to see this, I’ve given his book the 5 STARS this reviewer is giving this book today.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Philip Brown

    "He who teaches a class in a Sabbath school has earned a good degree. I had rather receive the title of SST than MA, BA, or any other honour that ever was conferred upon men." - Spurgeon. Sweet little book talking about the dignity and importance of teaching the gospel to children, as well as some practical things to keep in mind when doing so. "He who teaches a class in a Sabbath school has earned a good degree. I had rather receive the title of SST than MA, BA, or any other honour that ever was conferred upon men." - Spurgeon. Sweet little book talking about the dignity and importance of teaching the gospel to children, as well as some practical things to keep in mind when doing so.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    I'm pretty sure any book written by C.H. Spurgeon is worth your time. This book did not disappoint. Spurgeon offers encouragement and advice when it comes to teaching children about Jesus. Whether you are a parent or a Sunday school teacher-- or aunt, uncle etc you can have a powerful impact on a child's spiritual life. Spurgeon reminds us that ultimately whether the child chooses to know Christ is in Gods hands, we are called to be faithful to pray for the child and teach them diligently about I'm pretty sure any book written by C.H. Spurgeon is worth your time. This book did not disappoint. Spurgeon offers encouragement and advice when it comes to teaching children about Jesus. Whether you are a parent or a Sunday school teacher-- or aunt, uncle etc you can have a powerful impact on a child's spiritual life. Spurgeon reminds us that ultimately whether the child chooses to know Christ is in Gods hands, we are called to be faithful to pray for the child and teach them diligently about the saving work of Jesus death on the cross for our sins, the gospel.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Inspiring, lofty, and practical are three words I would use to describe this book. It is beautifully written with intense heart. Spurgeon brilliantly uses Psalm 34 to weave a warm, convincing plea to reach children with the gospel. I read it years ago, and I’m glad I read it again. It is addressed to parents and teachers, but that really means everyone. We all have contact with children and are teaching them something. This book will inspire you to think Biblically about children and about their Inspiring, lofty, and practical are three words I would use to describe this book. It is beautifully written with intense heart. Spurgeon brilliantly uses Psalm 34 to weave a warm, convincing plea to reach children with the gospel. I read it years ago, and I’m glad I read it again. It is addressed to parents and teachers, but that really means everyone. We all have contact with children and are teaching them something. This book will inspire you to think Biblically about children and about their need to be born again!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Becky Pliego

    Definitely a must read for parents, teachers, and pastors. Read it first in 2009 and since then, I have returned to visit it several times. I shared some quotes on my blog: http://www.beckypliego.com/2012/10/co... Definitely a must read for parents, teachers, and pastors. Read it first in 2009 and since then, I have returned to visit it several times. I shared some quotes on my blog: http://www.beckypliego.com/2012/10/co...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alan Jones

    The Prince of Preachers tells, in startling clarity, why ministry to children should be foremost in a preacher's mind. It is a true antidote to delusions of grandeur. The Prince of Preachers tells, in startling clarity, why ministry to children should be foremost in a preacher's mind. It is a true antidote to delusions of grandeur.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    My all time favorite read on the subject of how to commingle children with theology. His profound words are just as true and relevant today as when he first wrote them.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nick Dyer

    Love this book and the simple and very important truths.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    Short but very helpful.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Albright

    [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Aneko Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] Thanks to the ongoing Christian Classics series from the publisher, the public can now read an updated version in modern English of another excellent work by Charles Spurgeon [1].  This particular book is focused on the religious instruction of children and is focused to an audience that includes parents as well as teachers.  Although I have no children of my own, this book was certainly relevant [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Aneko Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] Thanks to the ongoing Christian Classics series from the publisher, the public can now read an updated version in modern English of another excellent work by Charles Spurgeon [1].  This particular book is focused on the religious instruction of children and is focused to an audience that includes parents as well as teachers.  Although I have no children of my own, this book was certainly relevant to me as a Sabbath School teacher of children approaching their teenage years.  The author shows himself to be as passionate concerning what the Bible says about children and teaching them and bringing them to an awareness of their fallen human nature and their need for salvation in Christ Jesus as he is concerning salvation for anyone else.  Although the text has been updated into modern English from Spurgeon's slightly archaic register of more than a century ago, one can still read in this book the sort of wit and sarcasm that the author directed in his time against those who were too proud to humble themselves to deal with little children in a thoughtful and godly way. In terms of its contents, this book consists of 23 chapters, each of which could have been a sermon, that take up about 160 pages of text.  The first few chapters of the book look at children as lambs and point out Jesus' kindness and care for children and the fact that they desperately need the Lord as much as everyone else does, although he claims that the ground of a child's heart is often more fertile than that of more cynical adults.  The author then looks at Timothy and his teachers--including Paul, his mother, and his grandmother, using this as an occasion to provide a few chapters of advice on teaching children and being a good example for them and encouraging teachers that their students really can understand the Bible.  This discussion of the efficacy of teaching God's ways as early as possible leads to the final six chapters of the book that contain a look at three godly people who learned God's ways as a child, the wary steward of Ahab Obadiah, Abijah the godly son of the wicked Jeroboam, and the Shunammite's son raised back to life through Elisha's prayers.  Thus the author not only gives his own encouragement to the teaching of God's words to little ones but spends a great deal of time providing worthwhile biblical examples as well. While I would not agree with everything that the author says--I am especially skeptical about his ideas concerning the universal salvation of small children--there is much in this book that I found worthy to appreciate, not least because of my own experience as a teacher of the Bible to children.  While children are not always attentive, I have frequently found children to be greatly interested in the Bible and what it has to say if you address them where they are and ask thoughtful questions and show yourself to be interested in what you are talking about.  Likewise, I first had faith in God myself as a child and this faith was viewed with some skepticism by some of the adults around, and so this author's commentary and his defense of the legitimacy of the faith of the young in God rings very true to me from both scripture and experience.  This is a small book but one that is worthy to appreciate, especially for Christian parents and those engaged in religious instruction. [1] See, for example: https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... See, also: https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bobby Bonser

    This book should be read at least by everyone who works in children's ministry, and every parent. Besides this audience, I would say that every church member would benefit from reading it. Spurgeon compellingly argues that teaching children is not "second class" work, or work that we put our most inexperienced or youthful/exciting teachers. Teaching children can and in many ways should be looked at as a higher calling, with more gravity, more importance for pinpointed gospel-focused truth. "Chil This book should be read at least by everyone who works in children's ministry, and every parent. Besides this audience, I would say that every church member would benefit from reading it. Spurgeon compellingly argues that teaching children is not "second class" work, or work that we put our most inexperienced or youthful/exciting teachers. Teaching children can and in many ways should be looked at as a higher calling, with more gravity, more importance for pinpointed gospel-focused truth. "Children's ministry" should never be looked at as a training ground for "real ministry." Children's ministry is vital, impactful, important, and God uses it to call children to Himself. Here are some of my favorite quotes/thoughts from Spurgeon on the matter: "If there is any doctrine too difficult for a child, it is rather the fault of the teacher's conception of it than of the child's power to receive it, provided that child really converted to God. It is ours to make doctrine simple; this is to be a main part of our work." "I commend to you the study of instructive books, but above all I commend the study of Christ. Let Him be your library. Get near to Jesus. An hours communion with Jesus is the best preparation for teaching either the young or the old." Speaking on praying for and loving the children we teach. It is not merely a pedagogical exercise, these are real souls, and real people for us to know and Love: "Love is the grandest preparation for the ministry, whether exercises in the congregation or in the class. Love, and then feed. If thou lovest, feed. If thou dost not love, then wait until the Lord hath quickened thee, and lay not thy unhallowed hand to this sacred service." Speaking on using entertainment instead of focusing on teaching: "I see no use in fiddles or tambourines; neither lambs nor sheep can be fed in brass bands. There must be doctrine, solid, sound, gospel doctrine to constitute real feeding." To parents: "Let no Christian parents fall into the delusion that the Sunday School is intended to ease them of their personal duties. The first and most natural condition of things is for Christian parents to train up their own children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." "Let our teaching be more and more scriptural. Fret not if our classes forget what we say, but pray them to remember what the Lord says." "Your Sunday Schools are admirable, but what is their purpose if you do not teach the gospel to them? You get children together and keep them quiet for and hour and a half, and then send them home; buy what is the good of it? It may bring some quiet to their fathers and mothers, and that is, perhaps, why they send them to the school; but all the real good lies in what is taught the children. The most fundamental truth should be made most prominent; and what is this but the cross...children need the gospel, the whole gospel, the unadulterated gospel; they ought to have it, and I'd they are taught of the Spirit of God they are as capable of receiving it as persons I'm their ripe years." Such a rich and profound book and it completely changed the way I look at children's ministry without and outside of the church!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    I read this book for work. It was written by a minister who was famous for preaching in London to 10,000 people at a time. The idea of the book is great—how do we teach children about God? But, I strongly disliked reading a book written in the 1850s or 1860s. The language was clunky and although they removed most of the “thees and thous”, it was still not updated language. I do feel too that times have changed in the 150+ years since the book was written. The ideas and doctrine are sound. The bi I read this book for work. It was written by a minister who was famous for preaching in London to 10,000 people at a time. The idea of the book is great—how do we teach children about God? But, I strongly disliked reading a book written in the 1850s or 1860s. The language was clunky and although they removed most of the “thees and thous”, it was still not updated language. I do feel too that times have changed in the 150+ years since the book was written. The ideas and doctrine are sound. The biblical passages mentioned were mostly easy to connect with teaching young children, but I would not recommend it for those teaching Christian preschool today. I did mark a few good pages, but scoffed more than I appreciated.

  15. 5 out of 5

    David

    I've read a number of books on child evangelism, but none of them rise to the level of this classic work by Charles Spurgeon. He does not bow to the easy believism of the modern church, but neither does he embrace the skepticism that children do not have the maturity to follow Christ. Instead, he focuses on God's sovereign saving grace that brings life to children dead in their sins. He encourages teachers and workers to look for the slightest signs of God's regenerating power, and then to be gr I've read a number of books on child evangelism, but none of them rise to the level of this classic work by Charles Spurgeon. He does not bow to the easy believism of the modern church, but neither does he embrace the skepticism that children do not have the maturity to follow Christ. Instead, he focuses on God's sovereign saving grace that brings life to children dead in their sins. He encourages teachers and workers to look for the slightest signs of God's regenerating power, and then to be grateful for the new life that only God can impart. If you're wanting an excellent book on how to evangelize children Biblically, look no further than this one. I highly recommend it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Duffy

    Eh, it's OK. For a Christian parenting book, this only focuses on the spiritual side of raising children. Teach them about God and the Bible at an early age. Feels really obvious. The book also feels very tedious since Spurgeon decided to write over a hundred pages (this could have been a decent 50-page booklet). If you want a good Christian parenting book, I recommend "Parenting With Words Of Grace." Eh, it's OK. For a Christian parenting book, this only focuses on the spiritual side of raising children. Teach them about God and the Bible at an early age. Feels really obvious. The book also feels very tedious since Spurgeon decided to write over a hundred pages (this could have been a decent 50-page booklet). If you want a good Christian parenting book, I recommend "Parenting With Words Of Grace."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andy Febrico Bintoro

    this book provided for free on Google Play Books by Aneko Press. this is both a parenting and pastoring book for children. this is not a long book, but gave us insight as a parent how to raise our children for their holistic growth. the book is not that practical, the book more like a basic theory, but you should get many insight by reading this book as a parent.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christian Barrett

    A fantastic read on ministering to the souls of children. Spurgeon walks through the biblical precedents for taking care of children and valuing them as members of the body of Christ. While he does give a call for parents to be godly and to share the gospel with their children, this book is primarily focused at pastors and how they are to care for the little ones in the flock.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cassie Kilzer

    Spurgeon seems like a dated author, but don’t be mistaken. His writing is passionate, deep, illustrative, and breathtaking. It could be because of his sympathy and love for children shines through the words on the page, but for any parent or “Sabbath-School” teacher this is the book to read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Seka

    I really loved this book! A must read for parents and anyone serving in children’s ministry. I highly recommend it! You won’t be disappointed.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Keigher

    Loved it!! Anything by Spurgeon is great!!! I highly recommend it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Had some good chapters

  23. 5 out of 5

    Missy Horner

    Beautifully captures Jesus’ heart for kids and an extremely encouraging read in the equipping and care of our youth in the church.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Phenomenal!!! Spurgeon is always a favorite of mine, but this book was so amazing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    This book is so encouraging and convicting as an almost first time mom!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mark French

    A lot of great motivational thoughts for evangelism towards children. The first third of this text would best be filtered.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gwendolyn Harmon

    This is a must read for any parent or Sunday School worker. It is a scriptural defense of the importance of children to God and of their ability to learn and understand truth from the Bible.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Reagan Bon

    Excellent book with an abundance of encouragement for Sunday school teachers and parents of young children.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    This was one of the most refreshing books I have read in the past year. Not only was it loaded theologically, it stirred the affections and my will to go and do children's ministry. This was the first Spurgeon book I have read, and it certainly will not be my last if this is how he writes. His passion and zeal for the gospel shines through every page, and it is incredible to see how he can ink out 5 pages on one line of Scripture. Whether you are in children's ministry or not, you need to read t This was one of the most refreshing books I have read in the past year. Not only was it loaded theologically, it stirred the affections and my will to go and do children's ministry. This was the first Spurgeon book I have read, and it certainly will not be my last if this is how he writes. His passion and zeal for the gospel shines through every page, and it is incredible to see how he can ink out 5 pages on one line of Scripture. Whether you are in children's ministry or not, you need to read this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angelo Terminel

    This is a very eye-opening book that shows the immense value of discipling children—for that reason it's a must read for everyone. It has a lot of practical advice for teachers, preachers, parents, and anyone else with any sphere of influence among young ones. The biblical insight given about the importance and incredible responsibility is also amazing. This is a very eye-opening book that shows the immense value of discipling children—for that reason it's a must read for everyone. It has a lot of practical advice for teachers, preachers, parents, and anyone else with any sphere of influence among young ones. The biblical insight given about the importance and incredible responsibility is also amazing.

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