Including Entire Families
Whether it was going to someone’s home for a small group meeting, going into Dallas to hear the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, or the once a month church family potluck concluding with guitars, singing, and communion, our youngest was always out front with, “Let’s go! Y’all hurry up!” From the time she was a little girl, Jenae was excited about being there when God’s people gathered, and in this she was following traditions that the first century church cherished.
The New Testament Story gives us images of moms and dads bringing their children to Jesus and their children were right there with them as the Apostle Paul and his entourage knelt and prayed on a beach in Tyre, Children were a vital part and included in church gatherings.
“After tearing ourselves away from them, we sailed a straight course and came to Kos. The next day we went on to Rhodes and from there to Patara. Finding a ship that would be crossing over to Phoenicia, we got onboard and set sail. Sighting Cyprus and then leaving her behind to our left, we sailed to Syria and down to Tyre where our ship was to unload its cargo.
Diligently searching out followers of Jesus in Tyre, we remained there seven days. By the Spirit they warned Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. But when our time was up and we were about to leave to continue on our way, all the disciples (followers of Jesus) and their wives and children accompanied us out of the city and there on the beach we knelt and prayed. After saying good-by to each other, we boarded the ship and they returned to their own homes.” Acts 21:1-6
Note that when Paul had a seven-day layover in Tyre, he worked hard to connect with the believers in the city. First century believers didn’t have all the division into denominations and different churches. If you believed Jesus died and rose again and had received new life in Him, you were family.
All that fellowship time with believers when she was a kid is paying off for Jenae as an adult. She and her husband and their three young sons have started the Anchor Church in Tuscaloosa, a church focused on helping families together with their children get serious about following Jesus.
LORD, bless Anchor Church especially as they prepare for the college students to return to the University of Alabama in a few weeks. Help the families at Anchor to become a home away from home for these students from countries around the world. And thanks for the slew of young kids Mary and I saw when we were able to visit a few weeks ago.
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