I am so excited about the parenting series that Pastor Rayburn is doing at church. I was so encouraged this week by just hearing that our children 'ought' to be saved. I thought it a little telling of my personality that he said many people take that more of a condemnation than an encouragement. I am more often than not overwhelmed by the amazing burden the Lord has given me in raising this child, that it is a comfort that children of believers should be raised as Christians. I am hoping to keep account of each class so that I can come back to these lessons on a regular basis - so the following are my notes, feel free to add anything - or correct me if I missed something.
He started the class by saying that the first few classes will be the theology or the base of what we will be learning. There are 6 parts to the base theology that we believe as Covenant Theologists.
1. Most Christians are the result of a Christian family. "Grace runs in the family" (Gen4)
2. It is God's will that it is so. God said, "I will be a God to you and your children." Our world is a collection of families - not individuals. The bible is always talking about how someone was saved and his family. (Malachi 2:15)
3. Biblical Paradigm is for children of believers to be believers from infancy. He brought up the passage that says he formed me in the womb. We are not voluntarists - we don't choose (in fact it takes no act on our part at all), therefore it is a logical conclusion that we can be saved from conception. (Ps 22,71 and Lk2)
I found this so encouraging. I also found it all very logical considering what I believe about Christ and His scripture. I am very much looking forward to the next 9 weeks. How did you like it?