We kickoff the Fall with an all-church whole family gathering, focusing on the themes and truths of Psalm 127.
Every generation together in one worship gathering.
After singing and praying together, Kari Patterson read aloud the good book What is the Church? by Mandy Groce and Bill Bell (Christian Focus, Sojourn Church Kids).
The church is not a building. It is a people that God has called together and made alive by faith. Although the activities of the church are important this book begins with who God’s people are — recognizing that the church’s activity results from its identity. When we call children to be a part of the church, we are calling them to be a part of a gospel people. And, as a gospel people, the church is a believing family, a community of missionaries, servants, learners and worshipers. This book is a call to God’s people to live as the people that God has made them to be.
Then Trevor Hanna taught us about building our lives upon the the solid foundation of God’s Word in the Gospel (Matthew 7:24-29)
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Let’s say you ask me, “What’s the church?”
I’d say, “Not what, but WHO!”
The church is made of people
just like me and just like you.
Psalm 127:1-5 (ESV)
A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.
127 Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.Footnotes:
- Psalm 127:4Or sons
- Psalm 127:5Or They shall not be put to shame when they speak with their enemies in the gate
Matthew 7:24-29 (NLT)
Building on a Solid Foundation
24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.