The church that Jesus established is a wonderful blessing! It is wonderful to be surrounded by likeminded men and women who love the Lord and serve Him in all that they do. We need to thank God for blessing us with the church. We must also strive to help our children, the children of this congregation, understand the importance of the church and the blessing it will be to their life.
I must clarify what I mean by the children of this congregation. Certainly, parents have the most impact and the greatest opportunity to teach the value of the church to their children. However, this is something we all must teach to the children at Walter Hill. Parents can’t, and shouldn’t, teach this on their own. We all have opportunity to teach it through our example and attendance at each service. We model to the youth that worship and congregational Bible study are important by making it a priority, thus attending. When we fail to make it a priority, our youth notice our absence and could conclude, “it must not be too important.” We must remember we are being watched not only by the youth, but also one another and our decisions impact those who see us.
Here are some things to remember about why the church is important. These things would be great to discuss with your children, grandchildren, nephews, etc. The church is important because it was established by Jesus (Matthew 16:17-18). The church is the family of God (1 Timothy 3:15). It is a group of people who provide us with help and accountability (Galatians 6:1-2), encouragement (Hebrews 10:24-25), and prayers (Ephesians 6:18). The church must be a priority!