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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Generations of Christians"

Date published: 05/30/2016
 
Psalm 78:5-6 “He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.” (NIV) 

   I tend to think and live in the present or near future. This verse challenges me to think generationally. Not just raising children until they move out, but how about the next generation, or two, or even five? How does God want to impact the future of your family not just today, but generationally?  As Joel 1:3 says, “Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.” (NIV). Wrap your mind around that concept. Is it important that your descendants in the next five generations know Christ as their Lord and Savior? Can you think strategically enough to approach raising your children generationally to assure not only that they know Christ, but that they are permeated with the living Christ in such a way that they have an insatiable appetite for knowing and following Jesus? Not that your kids will just know Christ, but that they too will hunger for those around them, their future children, and even their future in-laws and families to know Christ.   

   If you are awestruck with this thrilling responsibility to raise your children generationally, then step back and ask these seven questions: 1) Are my kids Christians? 2) Are they walking in the faith, so that they are moving beyond head knowledge into experiencing the living Christ? 3) Are their relationships with Christ daily ones that hunger for the intake of the Word and passionate prayer? 4) Do they understand that the Gospel message is a matter of life and death, so that they are compelled by love to witness and disciple others? 5) Has Christ’s love and compassion started turning your kids’ lives from being takers to givers to others through service and ministry? 6) Are their lives directed by Biblical truths or the culture of the world? 7) Have they learned to defend their faith from mockers of God, the seductive beliefs of this world, and the temptations of this world? 

   If the answer to these seven questions is “Yes,” you are taking a moldable child from a foundation of sand to solid rock! They prepare a child to re-direct the tides of this world to Godly outcomes. They equip a child to be a follower of Christ who impacts life instead of being a statistic in life. What is your strategic plan? Begin yours today by using these seven questions as an outline for training up your child in the Lord. Will you be able to fulfill Psalm 78:4 so that your family for generations will proclaim the wonderful deeds of God, “We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, His power, and the wonders He has done.” (NIV) 

Genesis 18:19 “For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what He has promised him." (NIV) 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Family” and “Marriage.” 

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Psalm 78:5-6 “He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.” (NIV) 

   I tend to think and live in the present or near future. This verse challenges me to think generationally. Not just raising children until they move out, but how about the next generation, or two, or even five? How does God want to impact the future of your family not just today, but generationally?  As Joel 1:3 says, “Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.” (NIV). Wrap your mind around that concept. Is it important that your descendants in the next five generations know Christ as their Lord and Savior? Can you think strategically enough to approach raising your children generationally to assure not only that they know Christ, but that they are permeated with the living Christ in such a way that they have an insatiable appetite for knowing and following Jesus? Not that your kids will just know Christ, but that they too will hunger for those around them, their future children, and even their future in-laws and families to know Christ.   

   If you are awestruck with this thrilling responsibility to raise your children generationally, then step back and ask these seven questions: 1) Are my kids Christians? 2) Are they walking in the faith, so that they are moving beyond head knowledge into experiencing the living Christ? 3) Are their relationships with Christ daily ones that hunger for the intake of the Word and passionate prayer? 4) Do they understand that the Gospel message is a matter of life and death, so that they are compelled by love to witness and disciple others? 5) Has Christ’s love and compassion started turning your kids’ lives from being takers to givers to others through service and ministry? 6) Are their lives directed by Biblical truths or the culture of the world? 7) Have they learned to defend their faith from mockers of God, the seductive beliefs of this world, and the temptations of this world? 

   If the answer to these seven questions is “Yes,” you are taking a moldable child from a foundation of sand to solid rock! They prepare a child to re-direct the tides of this world to Godly outcomes. They equip a child to be a follower of Christ who impacts life instead of being a statistic in life. What is your strategic plan? Begin yours today by using these seven questions as an outline for training up your child in the Lord. Will you be able to fulfill Psalm 78:4 so that your family for generations will proclaim the wonderful deeds of God, “We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, His power, and the wonders He has done.” (NIV) 

Genesis 18:19 “For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what He has promised him." (NIV) 

Do you know someone who needs this message on producing a lineage for God? If so, sign them up to receive weekly or forward this devotion to them as a blessing for their growth in Christ. 

Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Family” and “Marriage.” 

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