Over the last several weeks, I have been writing about the theologians connection to children. Before moving to another topic, there is one other point that I think is good for us to hear. It is simply: Children need the Gospel. While Baptists and Presbyterians disagree on the proper recipients of baptism, we agree on this point. This fact motivates my home congregation to encourage children to stay in the worship services. Paul emphasized the importance of preaching saying;
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Rom. 10:14-15, KJV)
When we add to this Christ Jesus’ own command: “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:14). Therefore, since Christ is the true preacher of every sermon, children must be encouraged to remain in the service so that they can hear from Christ.
Now, if we are to include our children in the service of worship, then the preacher must be mindful of their presence as he prepares his sermon. I try to provide some points of application to the children every time I preach. There is still much for me to learn in this regard, but we won’t improve if you aren’t trying. So pastors and those hoping to become pastors, be mindful of the presence of children when you preach, and preach to them.