We are working toward the goal of our children becoming godly men and women. That doesn’t mean, however, that all our lives or all their young lives are only good for building the future. That is, we want them to be godly boys and godly girls, not boys and girls in training who are merely waiting to be godly adults. This has a profound impact on how we see them in relationship to the church.
We are one church when we meet for Lord’s Day worship, not an adult’s church and a children’s church. And so we ought to go together as families into the corporate worship of Christ. As we do this it is not as training for our children’s future, but as obedience in our children’s present.
~from Tending Your Garden by Denise Sproul
We are a family. Every day. All day long. Sunday is no exception.
Yes, there have been seasons when it seems I spent more time standing at the back of the church working on obedience issues than I spent actually sitting down listening to a full sermon, but church isn’t about what I get out of it. It’s about what I put into it. It is corporate worship of the Body of Christ. Corporate…as in everyone…as in my entire family.
I’m there to glorify and honor Christ. My children are there for the same purpose.
This coming back to a belief in family integrated worship is the reason for so many family integrated churches popping up here and there. Traditional church seems to frown on the bucking of their system; the system that separates families.
However, this wasn’t always the way things were. The church Christ established wasn’t a church of separations by age. It was ONE BODY…children included.
This weekend, I will be spending time at a retreat where the children outnumber the parents 6 to 1. On Sunday, we will all be in church. Together.
To some this would just be distracting noise. To the Lord, it is a joyful noise.
Let the little children come…