The Nursery Corner

THE STORY: As a young mother, I am sometimes overwhelmed with caring for my four children. Especially the baby! Last Sunday I was so tired, and the baby was crying, hungry, needed a bath and needed his diaper changed, and I just couldn’t do what was needed.

So I decided to turn to God for help in my time of need. As the congregation was singing the first hymn, loudly praising God, I slipped into the back of the church and laid my baby down in the back. Trusting God to take care of my baby, I went home and took a nap!

I am here to bear witness that God answers prayers! When I returned four hours later, I found my baby sleeping peacefully. He was fed, content, had been bathed, dressed in clean clothes and his diaper had been changed. As I left with my baby, the friendly pastor invited me to return the following week!

Truly, God is at work and miracles still happen! What happened to my baby is proof of that!

NOTE (my commentary):
IF “it takes a village to raise a child,”
THEN it takes a whole church working together in Christian Education to raise a disciple to full maturity!

In John chapter 3, Jesus says that we must be “born again.” Humans are born as babies and have to grow up. And it takes some time, even years. What if newborn Christians also start out like babies that have to grow up?

Consider your answers to the questions below about human infants and born again babies. Feel free to consult parents and grandparents in your church to gather details.

DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
What do human babies want?

How often do human babies cry?
Who do they want when they cry?
How do you get them to stop crying?
Does ordering them to stop crying work? Yelling? Long sermons?

How often do human babies get hungry?
What do babies eat?
How long before they can feed themselves?

What problems do human babies need help with?
What can they do for themselves?
Who has to help them when they cannot help themselves?

How are newborn Christians like human babies?
What do newborn Christians want?

How often do newborn Christians cry?
Who do newborn Christians want when they cry?
How do you get them to stop crying?
Does ordering them to stop crying work? Yelling? Long sermons?

How often do newborn Christians get hungry?
What do newborn Christians eat?
Read these verses and consider what babies want:
1 Corinthians 3:1-3; Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Corinthians 8:1b
How long before they can feed themselves?

What problems do newborn Christians need help with?
What can they do for themselves?
Who has to help them when they cannot help themselves?

Final questions:
If a crying baby was found alone on the back pew of your congregation during worship this Sunday, what would happen next?

Who would be the specific persons in your congregation who would step forward to care for the infant? What are their names?

When the mother returned for her baby, would the people be kind? What would happen afterward?

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Key:002 Origin: 07/28/2020. Last Revision: 9/7/20

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