The 'Mission' Starts Here!

 

     I love the story of the man who drove into a sleepy little town in rural New England. It was a historic-looking place and so, when he stepped up onto the porch of the little country store, he just had to ask the men who were sitting there:  "Say, have there been any famous people born in this town?" 

"Nope," came the answer from one of the men, "just little babies."

You know? You can call it 'hick- wisdom' if you want, but that's a pretty good thing to remember! It doesn't matter who they were or what they've done: the greatest of history's great men and women were 'babies' in the beginning. They have a 'childhood' to thank.

 

  

 

If you ask me, this is a fact no church should over-look. The ministry to children is one of the most important ministries in our church.

You are aware, of course, that CCOT has missionaries all over the world: in Islamic countries, Asian countries, Central Europe, India, Ireland, Central, and South America. All of which is tremendously exciting, of course: it's exactly what Christ has told us to do. But—honestly?—none of them offer a harvest as ripe and ready as the children's mission right here in our church! The greatest 'harvest' of all is going on right in our very own classrooms. 

Consider this: over half the population of believing Christians today became followers of Christ before the age of twenty! To be precise, the figure is 43%, according to Ministry-to-Children.com. When Jesus said "Lift up your eyes and look at the harvest" (Jn 4:36), He simply had to be including this one. There's no way He would leave it out! 

Some of history's most influential Christians came to Christ in their child-hood years: Polycarp, perhaps the greatest martyr that ever lived, was a Christian at the age of nine.  

Jonathan Edwards, quite arguably America's greatest preacher, not to mention his philosophy and theology, came to Christ at the age of seven. Most historians point to him, and George Whitefield, as the two 'sparks' that ignited the 'Great Awakening' of 1730, in which hundreds of thousands of Americans came to Christ.

It's too bad more people don't know about Count Zinzendorf. One of the 'Everests' of human history. Some two hundred years ahead of the trend, this evangelical Lutheran minister was seriously promoting worldwide missionary evangelism. He sent missionaries out to colonies of slaves, tribes of American Indians, to Labrador, Greenland, South America, Asia, Africa, and central Europe. They call him 'the father of modern Christian missions. He became a Christian at the age of four! 

The timeless classic, Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Bible was written by a man who had an encounter with Christ at age eleven! 

We will not know, until eternity, the number of people who have been saved under the fiery preaching of Charles Spurgeon. They gave up counting halfway through his ministry. But we know how old he was when he met Christ: he was twelve!

Here is the truth of it, dear Christian: the church that does not reach its own children is actually ignoring the whole world and missing out on the greatest harvest of all! 

George Barna, in his analysis of some polling on this subject, has this to say:

"Families, churches, and parachurch ministries must recognize that the primary window of opportunity for effectively reaching people with the Good News of Jesus' death and resurrection is during the pre-teen years. It is during those months that people develop their frames of reference for the remainder of their lives—especially theologically and morally. Consistently explaining and modeling principles of truth for young people is the most critical factor in their spiritual development."

He's right, of course. And I believe that God has given us a wonderful mission to kids, right here at CCOT.

     Did you know that every Sunday, we have some fifty children to minister to throughout the various services of the day? What a tremendous blessing that is! And how exciting to be gathering together again; slowly but safely opening our ministries. Have you considered helping with this important one? Have you thought about giving more of yourself on our Lord's Holy Day? You could minister to our children during one service and worship at the other! We need a strong team for this! We really can't afford to have anything less. 

 

See you Sunday.                             RAS

 

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