Recently, a group of upper elementary students spent time preparing to participate and lead the Sunday afternoon worship service at Martin-Boyd Nursing Home. This is chance for each child to take a next step in their faith as they begin to teach and serve others. It’s always a sweet time watching two generations, young and old, connect because of our shared love for God.
After Josh Diggs visited and taught a group of boys how to prepare a sermon, one young boy in the 4th grade decided he would take his next step and preach the lesson at the Martin-Boyd service. His Wednesday group leaders were ecstatic and thankful for his courage to try something new! A few days later, a call from his mom informed us none of her family would be able to attend due to a previous commitment, but in not wanting to disappoint or remove her son from having this opportunity, a solution came. Transportation was arranged and all was set for him to continue to prepare for this lesson.
During a couple more Wednesday night classes, two leaders listened and gave feedback to Brock Beach. However, they didn’t have to give much as he had prepared an exceptional sermon and delivered it with much enthusiasm. Even at home, his parents said he wrote it out all by himself. The topic suggested for him was from one of the prophets we had been learning about in Bible classes. He chose Daniel and the story of his friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3).
Brock delivered the message with great confidence in front of a room who were mostly strangers to him. This was a time Brock exemplified to his peers and other generations we can take our next step in stretching and sharing our faith without doubt or fear. In the closing line of Brock’s message, he stated, “God saves us and is always with us!” May we all cling to that promise and hope as we take our next steps in our faith today and always because there’s a first time for everything!