Last week we considered one aspect of God’s dealings with His people in community, namely in and through “households”. This week we will be focused on a second aspect of God’s ways with His covenant community, as we consider “The Church”. Have you noticed that many of the various Bible descriptions of the Church are corporate, not individual? The Bible speaks of The Church as a body, a household, a temple, a race [cultural group], a priesthood, a nation and a people (1 Cor. 12:12-31; Eph. 2: 19-22; 1 Tim. 3:15; 1 Pet. 2:9,10).
Can I ask you to think about and answer a question in preparation for this Lord’s Day? The question is, ‘how do you view the children of believers?’. If you have children, how do you treat them? How should we at CCW view children in our local church community? Are they sinners, outside God’s covenant people until they exercise saving faith (belief) in Christ? In other words, should we think of CCW effectively as a post-adolescent (or wherever else you draw the cut-off line for personal belief in Christ) church; one that doesn’t include the children of believing parents? Or, do you consider our children innocent before God until they commit their first sin? And are innocence or sinfulness the only alternatives as we consider the position of the children of CCW before our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ?
As you you prepare for worship this Lord’s Day, please read Ephesians 6:1-4 (see also Colossians 3:20-21). And as you read it, do so in context. Firstly, ask who was this letter written to, how are they, the addressees, described (Eph. 1:1)? And secondly, ask what do chapters 1:1-5:21 of Ephesians tell us about the people addressed in Ephesians 6:1-4?
“Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible” (Eph. 6:24),