It seems that every week the crowd in the Covenant Lounge gets bigger and it seems like every week we stay longer. There is something about this that is right and good and beautiful. We are becoming a family. A year ago we had just started meeting regularly on Sunday evenings, preparing to launch as a church, and now, a year later, the relationships among the members of our church are thick and deep.
When you read the New Testament, the language that is used to describe the church is family language; it’s covenantal language. The church is a body, a household, a family of believers who love one another as we love Christ. As our family grows, my prayer is that our love for one another will grow with it. C.S. Lewis once wrote, “True friendship is the least jealous of loves. Two friends delight to be joined by a third, and three by a fourth . . . For in this love 'to divide is not to take away.’”
As our church family has grown over the past year, the families within our church have also grown. We have had 12 babies born into the church in last six months. This has definitely been a unique season for such a small church, but I think in many ways it has been a parable for us. As new families have been forming and growing within our church we have been forming and growing as a church family. I hope and pray that I will have the chance to pastor these children through childhood and high school graduation. I pray that I would get to baptize them someday and even officiate their weddings. And through that time, as they grow and mature, I hope and pray that we, as a church, will grow and mature right along with them.
I am so glad you are here with us in this very special season of becoming a family, a family that I pray will grow to glorify Jesus in all that we do until he returns. In this first issue of Covenant Quarterly we will begin to tell that story and I am so glad that it is our story together; but by God’s grace, the story is only beginning and, with his help, we have a long way to go.
Jason Edwin Dees