GraceVesselSpeaking of being intellectual --I go the the gym three times a week. Believe it our not my trainer is 86 years old. I am not sure but I think he is a Baptist. I am amazed by his experience with the Lord. It is a thrill to hear his testimony. I don't think I know how to share a testimony like he does. I love Jesus, there is no doubt about that. But I don't know how to express it in a real personal way like he does.I have wondered if some of us, I for one, thinks that if we make Jesus the center of our personal lives and homes it will mean that our Adventist lifestyle will collapse. My youngest son, he is 45 and for the time being, out of the church, reminded me last week how as a little boy he would coming crying into the bedroom and night afraid of the close of probation.It is hard to bring our families to Jesus when we are scared out of our wits. In his case it must have been what I was teaching him.But not to worry. There's hope for us.
Church as is practiced in most places divides the family so they don't have time to come together and learn what's going on in each others heart/head. They don't study the Bible together. As soon as you walk through the front doors of a typical SDA church, everyone is whisked away to their age appropriate class, with seminars, groups, etc. all ministering to a select little group. Not that there is never an appropriate time and place to narrow your audience, but on a weekly basis, families aren't taught how to worship and study together as families. Every age has their own quarterly, really? I believe, from experience and observation, that it is especially important for young people to study with more mature Christians, so their world view is a balanced Biblical one. We basically teach by practice that parents/family have nothing to gain from one another after about age 3-4... that someone "more qualified" should teach your child... that is not a Biblical practice. (see Deuteronomy 6)