Raising up the next generation is the topic of today’s sermon, the last in this 4-part series; it is not the duty of the parents alone but the duty of the church of Jesus. As His people, it is our responsibility to fight for the next generation so they can go farther and faster in God than we could go. The best thing we can do for the next generation is have faith in their inheritance; our faith is always one generation away from extinction, and it is our calling to uphold it.
“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.” (Psalm 145:3-4)
“…things that we have heard and known,
that our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.” (Psalm 78:3-4)
It is so clearly our calling to raise up the next generation, according to the Bible. Let’s look at three practical ways we can follow through:
- Deuteronomy 4:9: “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children…”
- It’s human nature to forget the goodness of God, and we are prone to disbelieve.
- The things that we are most thankful for have we acknowledged as gifts from God?
- Why would we not testify?
- We’re not sure we believe ourselves. But, this is the plan of the enemy; He wants us to question our faith and doubt the goodness of God.
- We are afraid that our testimonies exalt us rather than God. Rest assured, they don’t. Testimonies always exalt God!
- We are “covering” for God; we don’t want others to be disappointed if God doesn’t do the same thing for them that He did for us. But, thinking in this manner is prideful. God can cover Himself – He’s God.
- Be honest
- Deuteronomy 30:15-20: “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
- God already knows where we are disappointed, so there is no reason to put on a facade.
- If we are going to pass on our prosperous faith, we must exercise honest faith.
- Deuteronomy 29:29: “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
- What a relief! We don’t actually have to figure everything out on our own. Praise God.
- If we aren’t honest about our pain and suffering and doubt, then we will raise up a generation characterized by a performing faith rather than a prosperous faith.
- We must practice radical obedience, rooted in faith
- What a beautiful time and a beautiful city in which to be the people of God.
- Better than anything we can say, our children will know the love of God most deeply when they see day-in, day-out radical obedience to His voice.
We meet every Sunday, at 9am and 11am, and would love to see you there!
P.S. – we have coffee. *wink wink*