Pastoral Notes (August 14, 2011)

“My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”—Proverbs 2:1-5

Today is one of the most important days in the church calendar. No, it’s not Christmas. We still have several months to go. And no, it’s not Easter. What makes Sunday, Aug.14th so important then? Today is the launch of Children’s Sunday School for 2011-2012. Except for corporate worship, which is THE central call of the church, the discipleship and care of our covenant children ranks near the top of the church’s priority for ministry.

At every baptism, we vow to assist the parents in the calling God has given them to train their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. The calling of parents is established upon God’s covenant promises to families. The term we often use for this is “covenant succession.” In Genesis 15, God made an “everlasting covenant” with his people (Gen.15:1-6) that extends to even the “thousandth generation” (Ex.20:6). Because we are now the children of Abraham in Christ (Gal.3:8-9), this promise is effective for us (Jer.32:36-41; Heb.8). God has promised to be God to us, to our children, and to all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself (Acts 2:39).

At Cornerstone Presbyterian, we take these promises to parents and children seriously, which is why we go to such great lengths to support and assist parents in this high calling. Moreover, this is why you, the congregation, is provided numerous opportunities throughout the year to keep your covenant vow to God and the parents of this local church through service in the nursery and assistance in Sunday School.

This year the children will be following the life and ministry of Jesus Christ from the book of Matthew. The birth of Jesus, His temptation, His teaching on the Sermon of the Mount, the parables, and many miracles will all be explored in rich and colorful detail. There will be many gospel opportunities throughout the year for our children to understand about God’s holiness, their sin, and Christ’s wonderful redemption. Please pray for the Word of God to have a formative impact on the life of our youngest members, drawing them into closer relationship with Christ each week.

Please note the tremendous slate of teachers and assistants who are eager to teach the Scripture and pour themselves out as an offering to God for these precious little ones. Pass along a note of encouragement to them for their service. Pray with and for them. Ask them how you can be of help. Let’s band together in service to the youngest members of Cornerstone and make this a Sunday School year to remember.

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