Over the last few months, members of KingsWay have participated in short-term missions trips around the world. We’ve gone to places like La Paz, Bolivia and Kabwe, Zambia because we want to see the name of Jesus proclaimed by every people and nation. We go with joy. We go with confidence. We go in obedience. For the Savior himself commanded us to make disciples of all nations and promised he would go with us every step of the way.
When we think of fulfilling our mission, we rightly invest our prayers, our finances, and our time in faraway places where Christ has yet to be named. From God’s perspective, however, the disciple-making work he’s given us doesn’t start in Africa or South America. It starts at home. It starts in our neighborhoods and families. And for those of us who parents, it starts with our children. Psalm 78:5-7 makes precisely this point.

“He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.”

We want to be that kind of church. We want to be a church that equips parents to teach their children how to be faithful Jesus-followers in every area of life. To that end, we’ve geared our entire Sundaymeeting next weekend to families with children. I’ll preach a short sermon from Psalm 78 on why next-generation discipleship is so important. Sara Campbell will introduce our new King’sKids curriculum (The Gospel Project), and Quinton Cools will share our vision for student ministry during the upcoming school year.

The nursery will be open for little ones, but all the other kids will be with us in the auditorium for the entire meeting. We’re planning kid-friendly songs and activities throughout the meeting, including a drama presentation from one of our short-term missions teams. After the service, we’ll have a hot-dog cookout, followed by a training event for our King’sKids volunteers, and an orientation meeting for parents of high school and middle school students. Hands-on activities and crafts will be available during lunch as well as the King’sKids training and student orientation sessions to keep younger children engaged.

Hot dogs and drinks are provided. Simply bring chips, fresh veggies, fruit, or cookies to share. Hope to see you there!

Matthew grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and received his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


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