Spiritual Markers for Kids

At Shoreline Church, we have created ways for you to become more like Jesus. There are 7 ways, and we call them Spiritual Markers. We want our kids to grow more and more like Jesus. Research says that nearly half of all Americans who accept Jesus Christ as their savior will do so before the age of 14 and have a life long relationship with Jesus. The ways you can grow to be more like Jesus are opening your Bible and exploring, praying, and talking to God daily. Worshiping God and lifting Him in the right place, learning how to serve others, giving generously, being in a community of fellow believers, and reaching out to your friends and family and sharing Jesus with them.
Bible Engagement

Bible Engagement

Growth in Knowing, Loving, and Applying God’s Word

Indicators of Growth Knowing and Applying God’s Word:

  1. Devotion – is aligning personal desires, plans, worship, and hope with God. (Colossians 3:2)
  2. Guidance – willingness to help others to apply the precepts of Scripture in everyday and difficult situations. (Proverbs 27:9)
  3. Zealousness –  maintaining our enthusiasm for our faith and call, not allowing our church or ourselves to fall into a rut of meaningless rhetoric. (Luke 2:49; John 2:17 8:29)

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Passionate Prayer

Passionate Prayer

Growth in Communicating with God One-on-One and in Community with Others

Indicators of Growth in Passionate Prayer:

  1. Honor – seeking to honor God with actions and prayer. (Psalms 22:23)
  2. Frequency – learning to pray at all times, with eyes closed and eyes open. (1 Thessalonians 5:17; John 17:1)
Wholehearted Worship

Wholehearted Worship

Lifting God Up to His Proper Place

Indicators of Growth in Worship:

  1. Joyful – a worshipper who sees the face of Jesus and enters the presence of almighty God will discover the joy in their heart and on their lips. (Psalm 95:1-2 & 126:2)
  2. Passion – encountering God in worship unleashes passion and excitement about meeting with the One who loves us. (2 Samuel 6:14)
  3. Authenticity – seeking the face of God and lifting Him to His proper place calls us to be honest with God about who we are and who He is. (John 4:23)
Humble Service

Humble Service

We Must Become Less and Learn to Serve

Indicators of Growth in Service:

  1. Compassion – lets us feel the pain and plight of others. It will enable us to convey a deep feeling of love and concern that moves us to meet their distresses, struggles, and needs. (Job 29:13; Isa. 40:11; Mark 1:41; Luke 19:4; 1 Peter 3:8)
  2. Generosity – allows us to give to others because God has given abundantly to us. It is the wise use of stewardship and the attitude that all I have belongs to God and knowing we are the caretakers for His purpose. (Deut. 16:17; Matthew 10:8)
  3. Availability – willingness to adjust our own schedule, agenda, and plans to fit the right desires of God and others. It makes personal priorities secondary to the needs of God and others. It is to reflect God’s priorities, so we are always available to Him and others when we are serving. (Mark 1:17-18; Acts 16:10)
Joyful Generosity

Joyful Generosity

We Give Because He Gave It All

Indicators for Growth in Generosity:

  1. Acceptance – that God is the Owner of everything.  He is the giver and provider of every good thing in your life, spiritual and physical, tangible (things/money) and intangible (time/energy/abilities).  Our role is to be the trustee, manager, and steward of all that God entrusts to us during our lifetime.   (Psalm 50:10-12, Chronicles 29:11-12, 1 Chronicles 29:14-16, Psalm 24:1, James 1:17)
  2. Giving out of plenty and out of lack – We recognize that God is our provider.  We can give beyond what is comfortable and stretch our faith and trust in God.  We can even give when we don’t have all that we might feel we need or want because we know God holds our life in the palm of His hand.  (Luke 16:11-13)
Consistent Community

Consistent Community

Fellowship within the Church

Indicators of Growth in Community:

  1. Thoughtfulness  – considers and gives attention and care to others and their feelings first. (Philippians 2:4)
  2. Supportive – coming alongside others, sharing our strength and courage in their afflictions and troubles. (Galatians 6:2)
  3. Friendship  – is the companionship and closeness we are to have with one another. It is the commitment to help form the character in others. This is not to be feared but embraced, even when it hurts! (Proverbs 27:17)
Organic Outreach

Organic Outreach

Organically Reaching the World with God’s Love

Indicators of Growth in Outreach:

  1. Selflessness – altruistic giving of ourselves to others, as Christ gave Himself to us. (Titus 2:14)
  2. Growing Heart – a growing burden for those outside the church who need Christ in their lives. (Matthew 5:14-16, Matthew 25:40)