Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Engaging in and for the Body of Christ
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to share a picture I saw one Wednesday evening.
Grace to you.
In our service, several of the young people stepped up to participate. One young woman helped lead one of the songs. A teenage youth opened us in prayer. Several older girls shared prayer requests. Several young people requested songs for us to sing. When I didn't know the tune, and no one else seemed to, one of the teenagers remembered and started us singing. Yes, other prayer and praises were made, but the thrill for me was the little ones taking a roll, and the young men and women taking some of the lead.
"How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying" (1 Corinthians 14:26). Paul told the Corinthian church and tells us that when we come together each one should bring a psalm (song), or a doctrine (teaching), a tongue (for me the language of music is a tongue), a revelation (something God has shown you in the Scriptures), and interpretation (of the tongue or the Scripture). All things should be done for edifying (building up the body of Christ).
We are growing up (if you are young) or have grown up (rest of us) in a culture that worships pleasure (2 Timothy 3:4), appealing to our desire to be entertained (i.e., to sit back and watch or listen, but not participate). To see our children and our young men and women participating is wonderful.
In addition I saw one of the mothers going over memory verses with her children as they were preparing to leave. Wonderful! "And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shall talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up" (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
Keep it up, dearly Beloved. We shall reap if we faint not.