Preview Wednesday is for potential students who are interested in joining our student ministry. During these two nights we will enjoy a normal gathering, and will take time to explain each part of the service and the purpose behind it. Our hope is that these nights would help incoming students become familiar with what we do and get to know some of the students they will be growing alongside in the faith.
The primary disciple-makers of the children and students in the church are their parents. However, the local church plays a significant role in the life of our children and students. If we want to see the students in our churches grow through discipleship, then we need to be intentional about connecting them to disciple-makers from other generations in our churches.
A few years ago my wife and I agreed to babysit our neighbors’ three-year-old son, at their request, while they went out and celebrated their wedding anniversary. When they dropped off their son at our home, the mother told us that they did not tell their son the word “no” and proceeded to explain that when he was disobedient they preferred to give him “options” in effort to let him make right choices on his own. I was speechless! Needless to say, that night at our house, there were many occasions to use that little two-lettered word – “NO!”
“Better to be a pagan with no interest and the possibility of being reached, than to be a casual, almost believer; learning the menu, memorizing the timetable, but never eating the food and never taking the journey.”
Believer, if you find yourself absorbed with yourself and your sin, in a state of spiritual depression, guilt, and condemnation, look to Christ! I promise you, He’s better to look at. Keeping Christ and the gospel central will keep the pendulum in balance, where joy and peace are found. We don’t have to fear praying with the psalmist, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23).