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Ron Cobb

Church Is Our Family Tradition

Going to church every Sunday is something that has been a huge part of my family life ever since I was a little kid.  It was something that my parents taught me to do at a young age, and it is a tradition that I have passed on to my own children, as we have our routine every Sunday morning and always make sure to go to the Sunday service.  We will pile into the car, make our way to the church, then go inside and sit on the church furniture and get ourselves situated before the service actually begins.  Because this is something that I have done since I was a little kid, there are a whole lot of memories that go along with these Sunday mornings.  I am truly hoping that this is a tradition that my kids will one day pass on to my grandkids.

Because I have been doing this for so long, I have even found that the church furniture is something that is very comfortable to me.  I know that might sound odd, but because I have been going to church every Sunday ever since I was a little kid, I have begun to find that the church is often just as comfortable to me as my own home, and I think that is a wonderful thing.  Obviously, I want to instill this same kind of comfort into my kids, and I think the church that I attend really helps to do that with the different children’s programs that they have.  My kids are always excited to go to their respective Sunday School classes, and that is something that really makes me feel good about the whole situation.  I love the fact that they love going to church every Sunday just as much as I do.

Of course, I can’t guarantee that my kids will continue going to church for the rest of their lives, but I think I have instilled in them the good habits that are needed in order to persuade them to do so.  There are many people over the years who I have sadly seen come and go, and there are many people who I grew up with in the church who no longer attend as adults.  This is something that I am hoping to avoid with my children, and that is why I have set up the tradition of church every Sunday ever since they were babies.

I can only hope and pray that my kids will continue going to church as adults and will be able to pass on this great family tradition when they have families of their own.  In the meantime, I will continue attending church services with my family every single Sunday and hope that my kids’ involvement with the church will help them to grow up to be good Christian adults.  I obviously can’t guarantee that this will be the case, but I think I have them started in the right direction.

How Churches Help People in the 21st Century

The church has been striving to address the needs of humanity for over 2,000 years. Now that we are in the 21st century, the Church is looking for ways it can redefine its role in society. In the past the Church served as the backbone of the community, all major life events from birth, marriage, and death took place at church.

Flashforward to the modern day, the church is no longer holds the influence it once did. In order to attract new parishioners the church is revamping its image to be more than a house of worship but a place that meets the needs of all people.

Services Provided by the Church

The services being offered by the church now address the needs of people from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. These services are intended for all members of the public and not only those who participate in the Christian faith. Some of the services provided by churches include but are not limited to the following.

  • Food for those experiencing food insecurity. The majority of churches around the world provide a soup kitchen or food bank facility of some type. These facilities are created to meet the nutritional needs of people who lack the financial resources to procure food on their own. The members of the church perform a series of fundraisers to finance these programs and get very little to no government assistance with it.
  • School supplies and clothing for children. A significant number of parents do not have the money to purchase school supplies or clothing. Recognizing this need, the church gives parents in need access to clothing and school supplies for free or virtually free prices. There is no need to be a Christian in order to access these services. The Church has an open door policy to all people.

The church has survived two millennia by meeting recognizing the needs of people and meeting them, it will continue to redefine itself. You should make an effort to visit your local church even if you are not interested in the religious aspects of the building, there are services you could benefit from.

How to Get Involved with a Church Community

There is a tendency as we get older to look away from church for inspiration in our lives. When you were young, you probably want to church with your parents and it was just a part of the routine. But when you went into high school and college, you may have steered clear of such things. There is nothing wrong with that. Sometimes we have to grow up in our own ways, and we have to explore things that are not related to the way we were told to live when we were younger.

But what you are also going to want to do is make sure that you are willing to admit that you miss church. If you are in your mid to late 20s, and you feel as though something is missing in your life, you may want to give church another chance. There is no reason why you cannot find a church that is more aligned with your values and beliefs than the church you would attend as a kid. You would be surprised at how open and liberal some churches are these days. That is why we always encourage people to give church another chance.

The first thing that you can do is look up some of the best churches in your area. You can get a great deal of information about a church and its values from visiting their websites. So much information is included on those sites, and some churches will even have a section where you can watch some past sermons to see how the congregation comes together on Sundays. And if you see something you like, you can always check out a Sunday service to see if church is something that could become a part of your life. You can never know how it may improve your life.

What is In the Book of Romans?

When you are looking at matters of the church, you may be exploring a wide array of topics that are related to moving forward and helping you to get just what you need in regards to the struggles that your church may be going through. Have you ever taken the time to really take a closer look at the book of Romans and how it could help your church today?

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans in order to educate them further in their faith and to help with the health of the church in Rome. Much of the middle chapters are about Jewish Law and including Gentile believers into the brotherhood of the church, so this may have been an issue of concern within the Roman church at this time.

So, what was his point in this book? That God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for each and every one of us, and sound theology is important when sharing the Gospel and living it out. There is a huge story being told throughout this part of the Bible, from the downward spiral, to a lot of theology that may be helpful when we’re trying to sort things out and learn about what could be next. Taking the time to read and learn about this book of the Bible could be the very thing that you need in order to sort out the next steps that your church needs to take in certain situations.