Some of you have heard the news and many of you have experienced it. A full house at Half Time and 74 young guys and girls registered in our AWANA children’s program. That’s 74 children from age three through 5th grade tucking away portions of Scripture in their hearts and learning how these Words from God lead to life in Jesus both for eternity and for now. Young hearts. Receptive hearts. Soaking up the life transforming truths of God’s Word.
At home my mailbox regularly receives urgent appeals to save the great treasures of our national and state parks and wilderness areas. The mailers remind me of the critical necessity of protecting the beauty of these national treasures for the next generation of our children and future generations to come. The time to act, I’m told, is now. My donation to the cause is to be a vital investment in the future of our planet and for the enjoyment of our children. And I believe them, so I invest in preserving our parks and wilderness areas.
The Bible speaks of another great treasure worthy of our careful attention and personal investment. It’s the treasure of God’s life giving Word to be preserved in the hearts and minds of God’s people and passed on from generation to generation. Listen to the Psalmist’s appeal, “Listen, O my people, to my instructions; incline your ears to the words of my mouth…we will not conceal them from our children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done…that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, that they should put their confidence in God.” (Psalm 78:1-7)
If there ever was a recent generation of Americans at risk and in need of hearing God’s truth and learning how to apply it to their lives, it is certainly the up and coming generation of our kids. With news of world crises daily threatening encroachment and cultural markers of immorality steadily increasing, our young guys and girls urgently need faithful parents and mentors who will invest in them with a solid grounding in God’s Word.
Yet, according to the Barna Research Group (the leading research organization focused on the intersection of Christian faith and culture) the percentage of adults who read the Bible once a week or more is steadily declining and is at the lowest point since Barna started polling our nation 32 years ago. In addition, the number of people who disagree strongly that “the Bible is totally accurate in all the principles it teaches” has nearly doubled in the last six years. And this year for the first time the American Library Association listed “The Holy Bible” among its ten “most challenged books.” The reason given: “Religious viewpoint.”
For these reasons and many more we need to recognize the urgency to be equipping our kids with a solid confidence in the truth and power of God’s Word. And the opportunity is right before us with the invitation to serve in our AWANA children’s ministry. Right now we have about 15 adults working together in AWANA in a variety of tasks ranging from verse listening to Bible storytelling to game activity leading to student record keeping. And all are working toward the goal of leading our children to an encounter with the living Lord and grounding them in the truth of His Word. But I’m appealing to you to seriously consider joining our team of AWANA workers. We could really use about a half dozen more. It’s a Wednesday evening hour and a half investment that God will certainly use to make an eternal difference in the life of a boy or girl. And it’s an investment that will continue to reap rewards for generations to come.
Call our AWANA “Commander,” Brad Harber, at 915-5875 or email AWANA@sbccv.com for more information today. And, may I add, I guarantee you’ll be personally blessed in the offering of your services.