Pastor's Notes by Bro. Jay Hatfield
If we closed the doors to Willisburg Baptist Church would you miss it? I am afraid that we have taken it for granted that the church will always be there. But, how can it continue to be there if we don’t attend and participate in the ministries of the church?
I know that God has everything under His control. There is going to come a time that even He will say that it all must come to an end. When that time arrives what will people be doing? What will be their focus upon life? Will there truly be any interest in worshipping Him at all?
If you were told today that in order to purchase anything at your local grocery store, gas station, Wal-Mart, Lowes, etc., you must have a tattooed number 666 on your forehead or wrist would you comply with that demand? I am sure that there would be many who would, but the question is would you?
You’ve heard me say that on any given Sunday in Washington County Kentucky only 16% of our population attends a church service. So out of 12,084 people only 1,933 people attend a worship service anywhere in the county. We say that we are Christians and that we love the Lord with all our heart. If we only visited our parents once or twice a year what would that say about our relationship? How could our children ever get to know their grandparents? The same holds true about God. How can our children ever know anything about God or about Jesus? How can they come to know Jesus as their Savior?
If the church doors close then we are in for a world of problems. Don’t let this happen because you have found it easier to sleep in on a Sunday morning. Don’t let this happen because you choose other activities over worship and Sunday School. Most children want to come to church and Sunday School the problem is their parents aren’t willing to bring them. One day we will all stand accountable to God for our actions.
Deuteronomy 6:4 - 7 says, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”