BBC has been blessed with a broad spectrum of generations in its membership. One of the most obvious features of the church, often noted by new visitors, is the number of young children in the church. The church has a thriving group of young parents, who seem intent on fulfilling the Lord’s creation mandate to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth (Genesis 1:28)!
Raising a Godly Seed
Our ministry to young parents in the church goes by the acronym RAGS, which stands for Raising a Godly Seed. RAGS is a group of married BBC members who share a common interest in that they all have young children. The commitment of RAGS is to grow together as a group as they enjoy focused studies in God’s Word, learning about the specific promises (and attendant expectations) that God has made in His Word with regard to raising a godly seed.
RAGS believes that these promises foster specific expectations about what believers can expect for their children, and members of this group therefore seek to exhort one another in specific ways with the spiritual goal of fostering and insatiable desire for the salvation of their children. The shared desire of RAGS is to expose the children of the church in every way to the life-giving words of God, which will deepen the group’s commitment to Christ’s Body and produce a radical life of sacrificial service and love to one another, which will ultimately glorify God.
Malachi 2:15 forms the mission statement of RAGS:
But did He not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.
As Iain Duguid says, “The goal of this physical and spiritual union between a man and a woman is ‘godly seed,’ the same goal as the covenant relationship between God and his people. The Lord desires to have a multigenerational community devoted to him, and to him alone.” RAGS is committed to raising a godly seed, for generations to come, that BBC, for generations to come, will be a community devoted to God, and to God alone.
Young Mothers’ Book Club
A ministry designed to supplement RAGS, the young mothers’ book club meets every week to discuss challenges pertaining to young mothers and to offer mutual encouragement in the parenting task. The group is led by an elder’s wife, who has herself nurtured five believing daughters in the faith.
The group takes the form of a book study. Attendees are assigned a particular book to read, and each week the group gathers for a time of prayer, discussion and fellowship.