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Introduction: As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, 'Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on Interstate 77. Please be careful!' 'Heck,' said Herman, 'It's not just one car. It's hundreds of them!'
I don't think the church is going the wrong way on a busy interstate, but perhaps we could make a few course adjustments and steer this thing in a better direction.
We're in a sermon series entitled "Orange." Orange stands for a family ministry approach. Yellow represents the light of the church. Red represents the warm heart of the family. Orange signifies the church and the family working together with an intentional strategy to impact the next generation for Christ. Last week we talked about some Orange family values. Today I want to talk about some Orange church values.
I. ORANGE CHURCHES RECOGNIZE THE POTENTIAL OF PARENTAL INFLUENCE
Matthew 9:37-38 "Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'"
Nothing is more important than a child's relationship with God and no one has more POTENTIAL to influence a child's relationship with God than parents. Parents WILL have spiritual influence in their kids' lives. Parents are spiritual leaders whether they want to be or not - that is their role. They will teach their kids about a relationship with God through their own relationship with God. They will have an effect on their children's experience with God because of how they connect with their children.
No one has more potential to monitor a child's relationship with God than parents. There will never be a church preacher, leader, volunteer, or teacher who will have as much potential to OBSERVE what is happening in a child's life as a parent. ...
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