Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
222 East Epler, Indianapolis IN 46227
December 15th, 2013
Giving Your Children A Gift That Lasts
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
It is almost that time again. Some of you have your Christmas shopping done. Many of you may be almost done. There may be a few that have not even started their Christmas shopping yet.
While we are looking for the latest toy, iPhone or entertainment system let us take a moment and think about giving our children a gift they will not out grow. It is a gift that our parents and grandparents gave us. They gave it to us with the intention that we should give it to our children and our grandchildren.
Now I am not trying to teach you to re-gift. I am not talking about a gift that goes under the tree or fits in a stocking. I am talking about the gift of faith. Faith is not a gift that fits in a pretty package with a bow on top but it is a gift that will be more precious than anything that does.
And though faith cannot be wrapped with sparkling paper it can be wrapped. Some would say you can wrap your life up in faith. I would not agree with that either. But I would say you can wrap faith around your life. There are many who claim to have wrapped their life in faith and yet they rarely if ever darken the door of the Lord’s house. These are hypocrites of the greatest degree. The Lord set up his church as a place for us to serve him. He means for us to show up and serve him. So if you want to wrap your life in faith you need to be in church.
Faith is not a garment, however. Some people think they can put on faith when they walk into church and take it off when they are ready to leave. These people remind me of Mr. Rogers and how he wore one sweater to his house and changed it for another when he got there. When he was ready to leave he put the original sweater back on.
Too many people think they can put on Jesus when they get to church and then take him off when it’s time to leave. God is not mocked friend and those around us are not stupid. They see how we live and they can tell if we are nominal Christians or whole-hearted servants of the Lord.
This Christmas, if we are not already doing so, let’s start giving our children a gift that matters. Let us live before them in such a way that our faith is an inheritance to them, a living example of what it means to be saved and serve the Lord. It can make a huge difference in their lives.
When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
2 Timothy 1:5
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December 15th at 6:00-The Christmas Program. Dinner will follow.
December 22nd at 5:00-Southside will be holding their Christmas program. Dinner will follow.
December 24th at 8:30-Breakfast with Bethel at Bob Evans. Attendance may be very light because this is Christmas Eve.