Christ the King Association
Marriage and Family Life in Christian Community
Christian community is a miracle. It s nothing less than that, and only the Lord is able to make it work! It is not built on vision alone, but on the efforts and sacrifices of all those who answer the call. When we began 25 years ago we were, for the most part, college students running to charismatic prayer meetings and Bible studies, enamored by the spiritual gifts and our new found life in the Spirit. Little did we realize then that many of us would marry and establish our families in Christian community. The Lord is always full of surprises. He led us from a playground of spiritual gifts and charismatic renewal to a battleground of real life issues in community and family life. We thought that all we needed to do was bring people to commitment to Christ, get them baptized in the Spirit, and then other issues like family life would simply fall into place. Our children would naturally and normally embrace our training and excel in the ways of the Lord. Well, things didn't work just quite that way, did they?
in the Communities
In covenant community we have found stable relationships and the much needed Christian context for us and our families. Husband and wife meetings help us to remain unified and strong in our marriage relationships. Family prayer times and meetings give us the means to meet the daily challenges that confront us. In short, strong family life teaching provides the backdrop for our life together, and our family patterns like celebrating the Lord's Day, family meals, and chore days provide the context in which we act on what we've learned.
A Miracle in Our
Granted, our marriages and families are not perfect; but for the most part we see an order, direction, and peace which is rare in families today. By and large our parents are deeply committed to one another and to the welfare of their children, and regularly make great sacrifices for their families.
Our children tend to be well behaved, confident and industrious. Most of our teenagers have made a personal commitment to the Lord and are baptized in the spirit. Their participation and enthusiasm for the regional youth program continues to build. Because of the growing interest, we added a second mission trip this summer. Already we are considering expanding to three mission trips next summer. Surely the Holy Spirit is at work in our midst!
Our Marriages and
Are a Witness