by Joe Alain

Why Our Community Needs Us
Joe Alain
Proverbs 1:7a

[This sermon was a challenge to the church to seize the opportunities to minister in a growing community and hurting world by expanding current facilities and spiritually building up God's kingdom. Various Scriptures are used throughout the message.]

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (Prov. 1:7a). Envision with me a community bustling with activity. Young families moving in, children laughing and playing in newly developed neighborhoods, new state of the art schools being built, literally thousands of young children experiencing life, soaking up their environment like sponges, learning at incredible speeds, hungry for knowledge, friendships and meaning to life. That community is already here!

Our community will provide the places of business to support these young families, it's happening all around us, and our schools will accommodate the influx of children (because we love our children and will make sure this happens), but where will these young families and their children receive spiritual instruction? "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge." Where will they learn about God, the God who created them, the God who loves them, the God who makes life meaningful, the God who has provided redemption for them? Where will they hear John 3:16? Where will they hear these things?

Some of these families will have a Christian foundation and will pass their faith along to their children and become connected to a local church. This describes some of you here today. Some of these families will maintain ties with other communities where they came from. But many of these families will have no Christian ties in their family or former communities, some in fact are several generations removed from any direct Christian influence. where will these families receive help? Where will they receive truth? Where will they learn about God?

If their parents are not exposing their children ...

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