O'Fallon, Missouri

Knowing the Mission of the Church – specifically LCC

Stewardship: Time, Talent, and Treasure — in the context of outreach, and of the Church; rather than the individual.

1] Man is Lost.
— Romans 1:18-24,3:9-20; Ephesians 2:1-3; John 3:3-36; Matthew 25:31-46.

2] Christ has come.
— Matthew 9:10-13; I Corinthians 15:1-4; Matthew 11:28-30; John 7:37-39; John 12:31-32, 16:7-11.

3] We are sent.
— Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:44-47; John 20:19-23; Acts 1:8.

Parental Priorities

Proverbs 22:6. A bird’s eye view of our parental priorities.
[see also: Ephesians 2:1-3; John 3:1-5; Matthew 7:16-20; Ephesians 4:7-16; Numbers 30:2-5; I Corinthians 7:36-38;

1) That they may know Christ the savior.
2) That they may develop Christian character. In order to develop your child’s character, they must be brought into submission by you.
3) That our children learn the Christian disciplines
– e.g. prayer and worship, meditation (the study of God’s Word), Christian service, outreach/evangelism.
4) That they acquire a Christian education. We much teach them the contents of the Bible. And we also much teach them how to relate the Bible to everyday life.
5) That they would discover their vocation.
6) That they establish a Godly home of their own.

After the sermon, there was a baby dedication.

Know the God of your father

1 Chronicles 28:1-10 >> 1 Now David assembled at Jerusalem all the leaders of Israel: the officers of the tribes and the captains of the divisions who served the king, the captains over thousands and captains over hundreds, and the stewards over all the substance and possessions of the king and of his sons, with the officials, the valiant men, and all the mighty men of valor.
2 Then King David rose to his feet and said, “Hear me, my brethren and my people: I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God, and had made preparations to build it. 3 But God said to me, ‘You shall not build a house for My name, because you have been a man of war and have shed blood.’ 4 However the LORD God of Israel chose me above all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever, for He has chosen Judah to be the ruler. And of the house of Judah, the house of my father, and among the sons of my father, He was pleased with me to make me king over all Israel. 5 And of all my sons (for the LORD has given me many sons) He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel. 6 Now He said to me, ‘It is your son Solomon who shall build My house and My courts; for I have chosen him to be My son, and I will be his Father. 7 Moreover I will establish his kingdom forever, if he is steadfast to observe My commandments and My judgments, as it is this day.’ 8 Now therefore, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, be careful to seek out all the commandments of the LORD your God, that you may possess this good land, and leave it as an inheritance for your children after you forever.
9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. 10 Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong, and do it.”