A Message From Pastor Zahn
Don’t Neglect the Children
Someone said that 85% of the adult personality of a person is developed by the time the child is six years old. The Nazis had the philosophy that if a child were given to them to educate at age six, the child would belong to them for life. An elderly Chinese man told me he was educated by schools in China when Mao Tse Tung was leader. While he married a Christian woman and he would never hinder his wife and child from worshipping Jesus, he didn’t see the need for himself. He said, “That is something that must be taught in childhood.”
There is no shortage of passages in the Bible directed to parents to teach children about Jesus. It is a most serious responsibility. One of my favorites is found in Mark 10: 13-16, “People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them.When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” Even his apostles needed to learn the value of children coming to Jesus. Jesus even gives one of the great lessons of faith using a child. Adults need child-like faith in Jesus.
At Messiah, we take this admonition from Jesus very seriously. I can tell you that we have a Sunday School that is fabulous. Our teachers are tremendous and take this trust of teaching children very seriously that God has given to them. God wants children to know and believe in Jesus too. Parents, they need to hear Jesus from your lips and see the Christ-like example from you. We also want to help. Send them no matter what their age to our Sunday School every Sunday 9 AM through 10 AM.
Watch for our new education building soon to give us more room to help more families.
God bless you!