And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (Rom 5:3-6)

Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:6)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Elements of Worship For Baptist Children:Your Heart Attitude Matters To God

This is part two of a series for parents to aid in teaching our kids about worship. It is written from a Baptist theology yet has applications for every home. Parents may need to adjust from this writing for their children's appropriate ages.

Your Heart Attitude Matters to God

If someone is grumpy, stomping their feet, and fussy, do you think when they say “I love you” to a person that it is convincing? Did you know that the worship service at church is a time to tell God that we love Him? Think about this, the worship time at church is to celebrate Jesus just like we might celebrate someone’s birthday at a party. Now if we are a guest to the party we should not expect to be a welcome guest if we are misbehaving. If we go to church misbehaving or with the wrong heart attitude we may spoil the worship.

God wants to help us have the right attitude. He often will tell us that our attitude is wrong. If your parents tell you that your behavior is not right or your attitude is wrong God then is speaking through your parents of your need to regain a happy heart.

Does Sunday morning seem to always be hard to get ready for church? Maybe your family is late sometimes because someone is not ready? We can honor God by getting ready as soon as we get up. We can get our clothes ready the night before. Do you ever have trouble finding your Bible or shoes? If you find them the night before you will not have as many problems and it will help everyone’s attitude. This honors God. It shows that we respect God and our church family. It helps us to worship.

One other thing you can do before leaving for church, especially if mom and dad are still getting ready, is read to your bible on your own. Perhaps you have a younger sister or brother, you can read to them. This can be good even if it is only with a picture book

On the way to church it can glorify God if you list the things you are thankful for. You also could sing with the radio songs about God and His cross. These activities help our minds and heart attitude be ready for church time.

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