Rev: Malcolm Barrett
"GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME"
Reverend Malcolm Barrett and Family
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
The John E. David Award-Awarded- to Brandon Christopher of Shiloh MBC
Presented by Sis Betty David.
Shiloh MBC Little Gospel Theatre
Children are our future,
help improve the future
bring your children to
Shiloh Missionary BC
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A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
Reverend Malcolm Barrett and the Praise Team
Preparing for the Future of the Church
A proposed change in the Spiritual education of children and young people
By Myron Horst
It is vitally important that we prepare now for the future of the church. How we train our children and young people has great bearing on the spiritual commitment of the next generation. God has high expectations and standards of conduct for our youth and young adults. Our intentions and motives have been right, but has the spiritual education in Sunday Schools, vacation Bible schools, Christian schools and church youth groups been consistently producing young people who are up to God's expectation and standards? Are they capable of providing future leadership for the church with the same doctrine, standards, and convictions that they have been taught? Are the children learning the Bible doctrines that they should? Are the young people in the Christian Church mature and following God's ways?
The future spiritual condition of the church is much worse than what we have imagined. In several nationwide telephone surveys conducted by the Barna Research Group, they found that only 9% of our country's born again teenagers believe in absolute moral truth — a statistic that is nearly identical to that of non-born again teenagers! George Barna, of the Barna Research Group states: "Christian families, educators and churches must prioritize this matter if the Christian community hopes to have any distinctiveness in our culture. The virtual disappearance of this cornerstone of the Christian faith - that is, God has communicated a series of moral principles in the Bible that are meant to be the basis of our thoughts and actions, regardless of our preferences, feelings or situations — is probably the best indicator of the waning strength of the Christian Church in America today." "Born again Christians" were defined in the surveys as those who said they had made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today and who also indicated they believe that when they die they will go to Heaven because they had confessed their sins and had accepted Jesus Christ as their savior. People were not asked to describe themselves as "born again" (www.barna.org — "Americans Are Most Likely to Base Truth on Feelings")
This is what God expects in the beliefs and conduct of our youth and young adults: "Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you." (Titus 2:6-8) "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." (1Tim 4:12) "Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood: That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace." (Psalm 144:11,12)
We need to give our children and young people the instruction and training they need to be mature and stable in their Christian lives. It is possible for our young people to attain God's high expectations in their lives. However, it means that we need to make changes, sacrifices, and commitments to reach God's higher standards. It will not happen if we continue to do things the same as we have been doing it.
Everyone has an opinion of how to raise and train children. Some have excellent results, some mediocre, and some poor results. Wisdom is seeing the cause and effect sequence of the majority who have a particular child training philosophy and making decisions based upon the general trend of results, rather than looking at exceptions. It is foolish to follow a child training philosophy in which the majority of the young people are not reaching God's expectation and standard, and hope that all our children will be an exception to the norm.
Shiloh Missionary BC
Education Support Ministry
Rev: Isreal Holmes, Pastor
Shiloh Shines is dedicated to recognizing the educational efforts of our young children and given them the encouragement they need to continue on in their efforts to live and maintain a Christian life through spiritual and secular education.
Director= Dorothy Ards:
4-Wesley E. Yarbrough