The sermon is probably one portion of a service that many would label “adults only.” We believe that learning to sit under the exposition of God’s Word with an attitude of reverence and a mind and heart set on receiving what the Holy Spirit offers is another habit that has increasing returns. We have seen the need for it in as many adults as we have children.
P. 26, Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship
The Apostle Paul pleaded with members of the church in Corinth that they “may learn by us not to go beyond what is written”
1 Corinthians 4:6 (ESV
The situation in Nevada is truly complicated. Bandwagon jumpers have been numerous. Some have been risking injury by jumping back and forth between opposing positions. This is a political issue. It’s also a moral issue. What and who is right? I don’t know. I would like to take a quick look at what I consider to be the heart of the matter: states’ rights.
I am not a lawyer. I am not a constitutional scholar. But I do have a smattering of background in history (MA, Western Connecticut State University). So it is in that historical vein that I look at this situation.
“The topic of children in corporate worship is becoming increasingly controversial. Curt and Sandra Lovelace bring a balanced and Scripturally informed approach to this discussion. They share from their dual experience of being both parents and church leaders. This book is free from caustic grenade throwing, and provides far more light than heat for those who are honestly trying to wrestle through these issues. If you are trying to make sense of the Family-Integrated model, as opposed to the age-segregated model of corporate worship, you need to read “Children in Church.” More than just an abstract treatise, Curt and Sandra give parents practical, hands-on advice about how to lead their children in worship in both the church and the home.
This book is a vital contribution to the discussion of leading children to worship in both the church and the home.”
-Israel Wayne, Author and Conference Speaker
Whomever the Lord has adopted and deemed worthy of His fellowship ought to prepare themselves for a hard, toilsome, and unquiet life, crammed with very many and various kinds of evil.
“Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.”
–Roman philosopher Cicero (106-43 B.C.)
The “Softening” of Public Education in America
I have been involved in education in the US at various levels. I have seen the constant creep of political correctness, mediocrity, liberalism (in its many forms), and inefficient bureaucracy firsthand. Here is a brief article which describes that headlong slide. Thanks to Kairos Journal.
How could the supposed leaders in public education be so out of touch with the people of the United States? According to E. D. Hirsch, an outspoken critic on the quality of public education in America, public education is held captive to certain ideological elites whose theories have ultimately made “K-12 education . . . among the least effective in the developed world.”3 These educators promote “the very antifact, anti-rote-learning, antiverbal practices that have led to poor results. . .”4
To read the entire piece, click here.
What is Worship?
If we expect to make headway in the introduction of corporate worship to our children, it would be good to grasp its meaning ourselves.
Take a few minutes to consider the elements of what Scripture defines as corporate worship.There are numerous biblical references that outline the weekly essentials: reading the Word; singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; receiving the offering; preaching from
the Word; and offering prayers. In the meaningful aspects of these varied elements, children should not merely be physically present; it is their participation that needs to be promoted and strengthened. (Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship, p. 23)
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The power of the pen.
The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; with a point of diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of their altars…
(Jeremiah 17:1, ESV).
The great Puritan preacher, Matthew Henry, encouraged parents to teach their children about worship and to bring the children to services with them. He wrote:
Little children should learn betimes to worship God. Their parents should instruct them in his worship and bring them to it, put them upon engaging in it as well as they can, and God will graciously accept them, and teach them to do better.
(Quoted on page 21, Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship)