An excerpt from our book, Children in Church:Nurturing Hearts of Worship. This book is available at the addresses listed below.
While we consider bringing the next generation into the blessings that await them in corporate worship and look forward to the enrichment their participation will bring to the body as a whole, it is important to remember some specific directions from the apostle Paul. Through him, God reminds the Corinthian church about the purpose and practice of the worship service, telling them, “All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church” (1 Corinthians 14:26), in an atmosphere cultivated to “let all things be done decently and in order” (14:40 KJV).
Corporate worship is meant to reflect the character of God. There should be a sense of decency and order whenever the saints come together for worship. Chaos, disorganization, disruptions, and distractions are not of God and should therefore be limited as much as possible. All believers should enter the sanctuary with hearts and minds set on the One they intend to worship.
Worship in the corporate setting provides the opportunity to blend and multiply our love and devotion to God with brothers and sisters of every economic or ethnic group, physical aspect or ability, intellectual capacity or academic standing, emotional development or spiritual maturity, and a host of other variations.
We would suggest that this divinely‑ordained diversity also includes a wide range of ages. The diversity of those who gather to worship wonderfully reflects the humanity God created and the very Godhead itself.
Page 27, Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship. Available here and in Kindle format here.
My wife and I have transitioned back to the USA, from our home in the Czech Republic. Although the ministry of Lifework Forum will continue, it will revert to an old form, based in the US, rather than in Central Europe. Part of this change entails me looking for employment. I am seeking ministry jobs, but not a pastoral position (leads would be appreciated).
As I fill out applications, I come across many which ask for my personal beliefs. With some, I have to answer a series of questions. Some are more free form. One of the brief statements I’ve been using is copied below. It’s not very comprehensive, but it get across the essential items, I think.
I believe that God is the Infinite, Eternal Creator of all things and that He exists in the persons of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
I believe that as His disobedient creatures, both by nature and choice, all people are sinners and deserve the wrathful judgment of this Holy God.
I believe that God’s love and mercy are expressed in the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ, His only Son, who began His earthly existence through His birth to a Virgin and ended it through His bodily, visible ascension.
I believe that salvation from sin, paid for by the physical death of the One who alone was sinless, is offered as a gift and must be received by personal faith in the above truths and not by works of any sort.
I believe that the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God and that it is the operating manual for all of life.
Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship is currently available at the Amazon Kindle store for only $9.99.
Certainly I would appreciate you buying it, but I would also appreciate it if you would write a review at Amazon.
This book is not a “how to,” nor is it a polemic. It is an encouragement for families to bring their children into the worship experience of the church, with Scriptural foundation, practical tips, and many personal anecdotes.
So we are seeing some of the sights we have not visited while living here. Among these visits was one to a place called Terezin. This was a concentration camp during WWII. It is about a 45 minute ride from Prague. The camp was originally a fort to protect Czech lands from Prussian invasions.
During WWII, the Nazis, created a concentration camp here and turned the entire town of Terezin into a Jewish ghetto. The camp was “technically” not an extermination camp. It was a collection point and transportation center for transport to such places as Auschwitz and Treblinka. Yet, more than 30,000 people died at Terezin. The causes of death included torture and battings by the guards, starvation, and epidemics.
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