Deuteronomy 6:4-9 CSB – “Listen, Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart.  Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.”
Proverbs 22:6 CSB – “Start a youth out on his way; even when he grows old he will not depart from it.”
One of the things that I love about Lake Shore is that we have a solid group of parents who are teaching their children to love and serve God. We also have a group of parents whose children are grown but believe the same thing and it’s evidenced by their grown children’s involvement in the local church they worship with. This belief is shown week in and week out with the various things our teens and even little ones do during our worship services and Bible studies. We have young men who are reading scripture, serving communion, leading singing and giving devotionals. We have young ladies who serve in our nursery, help clean up the communion trays and also help in some of our younger classes on a weekly basis. I’m sure that I’m missing some things that they are doing but the point is that we have parents who realize the importance of what God commanded the Israelites to do. That is to teach their children about him.
Programs like Lads to Leaders, provide opportunities for our young men to lead the devotional one Wednesday night each month, and our young ladies to read scripture for the ladies’ class and serve in other ways on a weekly basis. Parents, please keep encouraging your children to do those things. Those whose children are grown or don’t have children of their own yet, please keep encouraging our kids and teens to serve in any way that they can. Elders, thank you for allowing them to have those opportunities to serve and grow.
It’s an important thing we’re doing here. It’s a thing that will help them grow, others grow and the church grow and continue on.