What place do we as young people have in the church? Have you ever though about this question? Have you ever come to a conclusion?

Do we as young people just tail along with our parents to church, because they make us or because it is traditional, because ever since we were young we were taught to go to church twice every Sunday? Do we as young people think we aren’t as important as the elders and deacons, or let’s say the pastor?

This last paragraph can be summed up by saying…God forbid!

We as young people are the church of tomorrow. We can’t just tail along with our parents to church, or just go because of tradition. We have to go to church because we want to go. To get a better understanding of God’s Word and to strengthen our faith for when we as young people get older and take physical positions in the church. We are going to have to be strong in the faith, because times are getting rougher and rougher to hear God’s Word. We as young people should go to church with the intention of getting a blessing from one of God’s servants.

How should we prepare ourselves for the future? There is no better way to prepare ourselves than to go to church to hear God’s Word preached. But there are other ways to prepare ourselves, aren’t there? We as young people could prepare more for society meetings. More would be understood if we as young people would study ahead the passage to be discussed in society, if your parents are making you go. More then likely you won’t get anything out of it, and you will be wasting your time.

We as young people have a place of utter importance in the church of today. Almost every sermon should be and is especially beneficial to us. This does not mean our parents can’t benefit from it. I am not saying that. What I am trying to point out in this article is that we as young people are the most important factors of the church. For we are the church of tomorrow. We have to bring up our families in the fear of God’s Name. For they will then take over the church when we reach the age of death.

“Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because you adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” (I Peter 5:5-9)


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