Five weeks ago, my wife and I celebrated the birth of our second daughter Felicia. She was born on a Friday evening, and by the following Thursday, she was already in church, meeting people who had been praying for her and anticipating her arrival. Just a few days later, on that first Sunday after getting home from the hospital, she joined the KSBC family for the first corporate worship service of her life.
She slept through the entire thing, and she will grow up to have no recollection whatsoever of that event. But as I looked down at this tiny little girl while we sang together and heard the preaching of the Word, I couldn't help but give thanks to God for the fact that my daughter was in the hearing of the gospel and in the fellowship of God's people before she was even ten days old. Some 2 billion people on this planet live with no access to Jesus Christ; Felicia was being introduced to him right out of the womb.
This experience reminded me of the incredible blessing that it is to have kids and raise kids within the community of faith. God has given me, as a young father, the unique responsibility to teach, train, and discipline my children. But I have not been left alone to fulfill this responsibility in isolation; instead, God has graciously given me the chance to parent in community
with other believers. This is the great joy of being a parent within the church.
Coming up in a few weeks, we'll have the chance to celebrate this partnership between church and family as we celebrate the recent addition of new children and formally declare our intentions to partner with parents, making the child-rearing process a community endeavor. So be sure to circle Sunday, May 13 (Mother's Day) on your calendar, and come to the worship service that morning prepared to throw your lot in with the growing families in our church.
Also, if you're a parent who has added a new member in the past 12 months either by birth or by adoption, then you're invited to participate in this "Growing Families" milestone event. We will have the dedication time during the worship service on May 13, accompanied by a training and celebration dinner on Saturday, May 19, at 5:00 PM. You can contact the church office to sign up, or you can do so electronically by clicking here
My wife and I are personally looking forward to participating in these events and partnering with a few hundred godly people in the task of training our new daughter in the gospel!