Table Talk - Week of September 27, 2015
The Dearest Place on Earth
The church is all about the glory of Christ! Last week, Pastor Alex focused on the vertical relationship that the church has with God. This week, he focused on the horizontal relationship of loving people. Ephesians 1:4 begins with "BUT GOD". If you are outside of God, you are dead. BUT GOD, who is rich in mercy, provided a way to overcome death through the death of His Son, Jesus. When we choose to trust Jesus, we can move from the graveyard to the "Graceyard". God does something FOR US, IN US, and THROUGH US.
Ephesians 1:10 says, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Carmel is fully committed to making disciples of the Nearest, our Neighbors, and the Nations. We are equipping each person to know how to live an abundant Life in Christ! We have developed a strategy to equip the parent to be the primary disciple-maker of their children.
Our six Milestones are:
1. Parent/Child Dedication
3. Preparing for Adolescence
4. Purity for Life
5. Rite of Passage
6. High School Graduation
Each of these Milestones are reminders of God's faithfulness in a child's journey to live a Life in Christ. The church and the home partner together to make disciples of the next generation.
Questions to discuss as a family today
1. Read Carmel's Vision Document online at carmelbaptist.org
2. What does the statement, "We are not finished products" mean to you?
3. What has He done FOR you, IN you, and THROUGH you?
4. Where is your family on the Milestone Path, and how are YOU investing into those that are coming behind you?
Father, thank you for loving me out of the "graveyard". Thank you for loving me enough to provide a way for me to be united with you for eternity. Help me understand the wonder of that, and please plant a passion in me to give that to those that are following me. I praise you for my church family and for the opportunities that you give us to invest into your Kingdom. I pray that we will be obedient in ALL things that you call us to do. What a privilege to join you in leading others to follow Jesus in learning and living!
Please feel free to call or email your thoughts each week!
Patrick McCrory, Generations Pastor