Pastor's Corner

25 Oct
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Mid-Week Challenge

Young people exploring religion and spiritual issues is nothing new.  A report from Maretwatch.com tells us that in this generation, however, we have something to worry about.  With more and more research claiming that most Americans believe that it is not necessary to have a personal relationship with God and that anyone can be good researchers and cultural observers tell us we need to be on guard.  Young people are turning to witchcraft and astrology at record numbers.  With all the cries for “science” and proof one would be lead to believe that the young generation would be turned off of false religious practices such as these.  That is simply not the case.  http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-millennials-are-ditching-religion-for-witchcraft-and-astrology-2017-10-20

Studies like these demonstrate that there is more interest in the spirit world than ever before.  My guess is that the interest in things of the spirit never lessened, the church just stopped offering.  For many years the church has offered the same style and type of worship activities that it has in generations past.  The churches that have seen growth are the ones who have changed their methods but not the Message.  We have known this to be true for some time but there are in leadership who choose to ignore the evidence and the data.  As our Creator, God has placed within us a desire to know Him. And as we all know, young people seek to be individual while at the same time longing for the acceptance of their group.  The church can be and should be the place where we bring these two seeming opposite desires together.  When we force a new generation into the spiritual worship molds of the past they will by nature reject our efforts.  Their desire and longing for things of the spirit will not lessen but they will be forced to seek to quench this desire on their own.  The forces of Satan know this and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our young adults into their world.  There the devil fills their heads with the false hope he has been peddling since the Garden of Eden. 

What do studies like the MarketWatch one tell us?  Not that the sky is falling, but that we are in many ways failing.  Young people don’t want to walk away but if we are not offering them the truth of Jesus in a language they understand what choice do we leave them?  I see results such as these as a wakeup call and an opportunity.   There are millions out there who are open, but are we open to approaching them in new ways? 

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Serving the Savior 

Bro. Jonathan

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