Statistics indicate that nearly 80% of all Christians in America first trusted in Jesus before their 21st birthday.

How does that statistic make you feel?  Encouraged?  Discouraged?  Indifferent?

I’ll tell you how it makes me feel — motivated.  Motivated to be involved in being for the next generation following Jesus together to the glory of God. 

God is not obligated to save anyone, so we certainly would not want statistics to serve as demands on what God HAS to do, or restricting our expectations of what God CAN do.  God has to do nothing, and He can do all things.

However, it is fascinating to see this statistic and even to feel some of its relevance in our experience at Wildwood Community Church where the majority of our baptismal candidates have been people under the age of 21.  However, all these minors remind us of something MAJOR . . . something that Jesus said to His first followers in Matthew 18:1-6 and 19:13-15.  Children are an example of what it looks like to come to Him, and we should not hinder them in any way from doing so.

This Sunday at Wildwood Community Church, we will be launching a new sermon series called “Relating to __________.”  Over the next 8 weeks we will be walking through Matthew 18-20, seeing how Jesus instructs His followers to relate to a variety of topics including marriage, temptation, those who wronged you, leadership, and more.  This week, we will kick off our study by looking at what Jesus says about children in Matthew 18 and 19.  We hope you will make plans to join us in our 9:45 or 11:00 services this Sunday.  Join us . . . and bring your friends as we lift up the name of Jesus together, and look into His Word as we seek to follow Him together in 2019.  See you Sunday!

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