A Note from Pastor Bill Meredith
Pleasant Ridge Christian Church
150 Years of Service Sundays/ 9am
1 Corinthians 15:3
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,..
Paul the Apostle
We are fully persuaded that Jesus was raised to life after three days of lying dead in the tomb. I cannot remember a time in my own life that this was not a part of my upbringing. The Bible stories I heard fit right in with the myriad of conversations our family had around the dinner table. The seeds of truth were planted long before I became a follower of Christ.
Today, I have many thoughts about the generations that follow my own. Are the children today hearing stories about Jesus? Are families talking about spiritual truths, asking questions about the Bible, or discovering revelations about God? I hope these and many similar discussions are being experienced by our kids in a world that seemingly is trending away from God.
Consider Daniel for a moment… As a young person he was taken out of his homeland and moved into captivity. His early days in exile makes clear his devotion to God was a result of the preparation he received during his early years. Daniel’s life was extraordinary in so many ways as his journey with God unfolded through the years. A recurring thought comes to mind as I think about our youth today… Are they equipped to face the coming onslaught of attacks upon their faith as they leave home and stand on their own? What’s the answer? What truth will cause the breakthrough?
The Resurrection! Without it our faith is futile, says Paul. The book of Acts gives us eyewitness reports about this event that changed the world and we should be reminding our children often about this moment in history and encouraging them to read it for themselves, thereby feeding their spirit and building their faith…. and equipping them to face a world of unbelievers.