Monday, November 28, 2016

We Love The Church, We Need The Church.

A few weeks ago, the pastor of our church, a pretty well-known and respected theologian and Bible teacher, came to our little on-campus Bible Study for a Q&A.  He was asked why the church must be central in a Christian's life.  He answered, not as a theologian, but as a mature man who's experienced both joy and trials in life.  He addressed us as one speaking "from the hearse."  He told the students that for them, the college years are fun and exciting.  The world is your oyster.  You are constantly moving and shaking in college, and there's never a dull moment.  For the most part, college kids are strong and healthy, and have few responsibilities (other than themselves.)  Every night is pretty much a slumber party.  But . . . that all changes.  Job pressures come.  Marriage and family pressures come. You are not just responsible for yourself anymore, your decisions affect your families and friends.  Life becomes full of uncertainty, and you need the wisdom of older people who've been in your shoes, and you need the strong backs and energy of younger people who can help you.  We are all needy, and we need each other.  Thank God that He has given us the help we need in the people around us-the people in our churches who know and care for us.

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