Aug 1 9:38 AM

Passing Our Faith to the Next Generation

Aug 1 9:38 AM
Aug 1 9:38 AM

In Europe, there are great cathedrals that once housed thousands of fervent Christ-worshippers every week. Some were even the sites of revivals and mighty works of God just a century or two ago.  Now, many are closed. One, in the Netherlands, is even used as a skate park.

Some have said that Christianity is always one generation away from extinction. These empty cathedrals are a stark reminder of that.

So, every generation of believers must take up the task of passing on their faith to the next generation, because no one is born a Christian. One of the ways that we do this is to train our children in knowing the Lord. We are charged to guide them in how to be His disciples.  

Scripture tells us to disciple our children throughout our days, not just by taking them to church once a week (Dt. 6:1-9). It also tells us that parents have a distinct and God-given role in nurturing faith in their children (Eph. 6:4, Col. 3:21, Ps. 78:4).

Now who doesn't hear this, and immediately feel the weight of it?!  None of us is perfect; and all of us could certainly learn in this area!

Here at MCC, we'd like to take this opportunity to share some encouragement and some ideas with one another.  Over the next few days, we will be posting blogs from several different families - each in different places in life - that discuss how they help encourage their children to be disciples of Christ.  

We're in this together. We want every family to be faithful in making disciples. Be assured that even through our shortcomings and our imperfect efforts, the Lord is glorified.

May you be encouraged, challenged, and helped, brothers and sisters.  I know that I will be!

With you for passing on the life-changing gospel in every home,

Pastor Frank

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The Military Bible Stick is designed specifically to bring God’s Word to men and women deployed in the U.S. Military. It’s a small digital player pre-loaded with the New Testament and Psalms specifically selected for our troops. If you would like to support this opportunity beyond your regular giving, make a separate check to MCC, with “Military Bible Stick” in the memo. Contact Chris Willadsen for more information.

 

We have a terrific opportunity to spread God’s love and his Word to the international students attending UNM. MCC has been working with ISI for many years helping international students as they arrive in town for the new academic year.

Volunteers are needed in several capacities:

Picking students up at airport, temporary homestays, or helping with apartment hunting

Help at welcome center

Furniture movers, pickup and distribution

Prepare dish for volunteer/student lunches (sign-up sheets will be in the foyer)

These activities will run July 31-August 17, pick the times that work best for you. There are also opportunities that span the entire school year as well:

Assist with English program

Student friendship partners (meet monthly with student)

Please contact Vince Tidwell or Stan Schug for

more information or to get involved.

 

The door is open to share the Gospel in our public schools! Come and be a part of Bible Club!  The trainings are from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. either

August 4th at Mountain Valley Church

in Edgewood

or

August 11th at Monterey Baptist in Albuquerque.

Contact Gail Salazar at 980-6890 or email at

sonfollower@reagan.com to RSVP.

 

 
Luke Feldner and Vince Tidwell are introducing an adult fellowship group focused on studying and discussing Systematic Theology. The planned curriculum includes ten introductory lessons on defining and categorizing theology, Christian epistemology, defining "essentials" vs "non-essentials", and the historical sources and norms of Christian belief. The goal of this new small group will be to hold each other accountable for obeying Christ's command to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Contact the office at mccn14@gmail.com if you are interested. 

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