change from normal

02 Feb

 Today when I was reading, one part of a chapter, stood out to me. In 1 Timothy chapter 4, verses 12-16, which says “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set and example for the believers in speech,in life,in love,in faith and in purity. Until I come,devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture,to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters;give yourself wholly to them,so that everyone may see your progress. watch your life and doctrine closely, preserve in them, because if you do, you will both save yourself and your hearers.” 

I believe this is teaching us that while there is nothing really wrong with kids being in Sunday School while the parents go to the actual sermon;  it is not what is best because while the parents hear and learn and get to experience the power of God, the kids are stuck playing around with toys and singing little songs.  I believe that parents and their children should both go to the sermon, and both should interact as it says in verse 13 “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture,”   Unless the children are brought in with the parents the parents alone will be the ones who are getting the privilege to read to the church and the children will be left out.  I don’t think God wants the children to be left out.  Here is a great video on this topic of how children can be useful to God 

Children are able to pray, interact and participate at church this is why I go to an intereactive church called OVC; it is God exalting, Christ-centered  and joy filled; it is a place where both kids and parent get to read and be a part of the church.

How often do you read the bible?

You are loved!

Joshua cleveland

1 Comment

Posted by on February 2, 2010 in Uncategorized


One response to “change from normal

  1. Mike Cleveland

    February 2, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    This is awesome, Joshua! Yes, young Timothy, when God called him into ministry, was to be an example to the flock, an example of what Christ in a life can do through their faith, love, purity and speech.

    I’m praying that God draws you very near to Him by His Spirit and makes you an example to us all.


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