(Circumstances cause me to enter next week's article early. Thanks for viewing)!
When I was an infant, then a child, then a teen, then an adult…going to church meant hearing a sermon. Of course
we had Sunday School and some youth "ministries," but when the pastor was talking straight from the Bible, we kids
were there. Maybe dozing, but the Bible was sinking into our sub-conscious. God was priming our pump for the days when we
stepped into the work-a-day world, we wouldn’t shut Him out.
I said all that to say this: One of my hobbies used to be to draw floor plans, and if I were drawing up
one now, the Nursery would be in a glass-front enclosed area in the back of the sanctuary. It would have a speaker so babies
in there could hear the sermon, and knowing they were in church would grow on them.
Want Bible for it? "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall
be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they
have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10: 14-15). Properly raised children begin learning
right from wrong as soon as they can hear "yes" and "no." And that goes hand in hand with the words right
out of the Bible itself, for them to learn about sin.
We think of pastors as shepherds…leading Christians down the straight and narrow path and reminding
them of what I call the "sneaky" sins like gossiping. But our pastors must always teach the heavy stuff too…the
sins that can take both young and old to hell. In my day, we were very familiar with the Alter Call…the invitation
to non-Christians to make a public decision to give their lives to Christ…the most important decision of any life.
And I’m talking marriage, buying a house, getting a job, and all those things that can crowd Jesus Christ out of their
I remember being in church, sleeping
on a pallet, and it didn’t matter how loud the preacher got, it didn’t disturb me. And in Sunday School, I learned
about David, Noah, Daniel and all those good people, and was encouraged to be a good person.
It beats playing marbles.