(08/18/2014) When Children Embrace Church?

Posted: August 17, 2014 in Church Attendance, Spiritual Growth, Sunday, Value of the Church, Zeal
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Children, church attendance, and spiritual growth are topics, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Chad” (Level 1 with 77 points, a member since August 17, 2014) posted the following:

 

Sunday so that means Church? 

when I was a kid I found church to be boring and too long. I did not wanted to disrespect God/Jesus * the Church in anyway shape nor form, but I have to admit it was pretty boring….what about you?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.  And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:  (Deuteronomy 11:  18-20, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Church is Good? (06/15/2013); Feeling Loved By GOD? (06/16/2013); Issues for Children’s Church (04/06/2013); Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013); Confessing Only to GOD? (04/08/2013); Unexceptional Beginnings (11/22/2012); Believing Everything? (11/23/2012); The Faith of Ones Parents? (11/18/2012); Reading Only The Red Part (11/19/2012); Attending Church? (11/12/2012)

 

“Chad”, here are a few points from GOD to consider that help Christian believers avoid confusion and error:

(1.)  Children first embrace the things of GOD as an aspect of shared relationship with their parents.  Where parents are biased, conflicted, indifferent, or uncertain, their children usually become apathetic, disinterested, and unresponsive.

(2.)  In their efforts to be protective, parents often “condemn” those anointed and sent by GOD who approach their children as fellow-believers, friends, peers, and experienced teachers.  Many envy, and deny that their own children may be blessed as sons and daughters of GOD, or receive the imparted Spirit from GOD.  Such parents may refuse to acknowledge, support, or work to fulfill their child’s desire to learn and grow spiritually.  In effect, they become an enemy to their own child, and “quench the spirit” at every opportunity.  Not only is this sometimes done unconsciously and unintentionally, this often occurs by parents encouraging childish and silly behavior from their offspring, rather than promoting disciplined listening, engaging in discourse regarding their lessons, inviting their questions, and reading the Bible together at home.

(3.)  For children, the learning process for behavior and speech, is heavily non-verbal, at first.  As they develop, discovery and imitation are relied upon as well as trial-and-error.  In acquiring the things of GOD through the ministry of Jesus Christ, their growth is little different than that for born-again adults.  In the church setting, they may appear to be like little lambs who only gambol, graze and play under the watch of the ewes, rams, and shepherds.  Even so, they too are being provided with unseen nourishment and refreshment that come only by operations of the Holy Spirit.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Parents who deny their own accountability and duty in salvation, yet, attend church, may be unknowingly encouraging their child’s disobedience, rebellion, rejection, and separation, instead of the genuine independence that expresses integrity of ones person.  Thus, as adults, our issue is not was church boring, the issue has to be did I get what GOD intended; and if not, what shall I do now?)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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