The children in the catechism class have embarked on a new series of lessons called, "How Will I Know I Will Live Forever?", and the foundational question and answer is a simple one: "Who were our first parents? Adam and Eve." As simple as this answer is, the implications are great and transcending, but not so much so that even little ones can't grasp the possibilities. You see, we show a visual that symbolizes the spread of mankind after our first parents peopled the earth.
As Murray states, only the Holy Spirit can bring regeneration, and God, in his sovereign wisdom, determines that his followers will be the vessels of this message of Deliverance and Redemption.
This applies here, in Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania, as "we exist to delight in the beauty of God's greatness, to proclaim the truth of God's Word, and to ignite a joyful passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ among all the peoples of Pittsburgh and the world." The call to be a vessel isn't limited only to those on the mission field, and children are more than able to obey the Lord's command to reach the world -- through, among other ways, their prayers! With this in mind, the catechism class will begin a "30 Ways to Pray for a Missionary" prayer journey with our very own missionaries. (Parents, look for information in your children's bags.)
We are all descended from Adam and Eve. The Lord in his kindness and mercy has chosen many to be in his family, based solely upon the atoning work of Christ and the faith he gives to believe. Won't you pray with us that the Lord will extend his saving grace to others -- here in Pittsburgh through the church planting work of Three Rivers Grace, and abroad through missionaries and believers worldwide?