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)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Elements of Worship for Baptist Children: Fellowship, Sunday School, Before the Worship Service


When you get to church one of the exciting events of worship is seeing your friends. In the Bible a Greek word is used to describe this. It is the word Koinonia. We often translate it to mean participating in the church body or fellowship. It is good to see our friends. We can worship God by listening to them and by being a friend. This is always a great way to honor God by being a friend to new people. In Acts 2:42 the Bible tells us about the fellowship of believers.

And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (Act 2:42)

Fellowshipping together was one of their daily activities. They would pray together and encourage one another. Make sure you take time to pray with your friends.

Also as children you can be a great encouragement. Older people are often joyful when a child becomes their friend. You can make pictures for older adults and visit them. Your family could sit with them in church. The fellowship we share as believers can be outside the walls of the church. Maybe your parents can take you to visit some senior adults? This is a good way to minister to them with love.

Bible Study/ Sunday School

Your Bible study class is a great way to continue fellowship and learn the bible. We honor God when we bring our bibles and participate in class. Remember, God works through everyone. It is important that everyone shares from the bible and that everyone listens. Your teacher honors God when they share the truths of scripture. We honor God when we remember these lessons and do as He commands. We also glorify God when we hear His promises and believe. This is called living by faith.

James tells us ,

So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (Jas 2:17)

Thus we need to do as we have been taught and not forget about it.

Between Bible Study and The Worship Service

When we have a few moments between class and finding our parents for worship time, we ought to go and use the rest room and get a drink of water. It is important that we stay in the worship service. If we leave the room we may distract someone and hinder their worship time. Being still helps us think about God and keeps us from distracting others when we worship.

This really is not part of the worship service. But just like getting ready for church on Saturday night, we need to plan on removing distractions from our worship time. The time we spend in worship is to be reverent. That means we are supposed to be giving our full attention to God. When we do this we are saying “God you are more important than anything else. You are my greatest treasure and I love you”.

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