The Christian life has been known to be a race (1Co 9:24). And if you have been a follower of Christ for any length of time, you have probably heard that the Christian race is a marathon, not a sprint. But we believe that the Christian race we run in is more than a marathon. Yes, it is a long race with many twists and turns along the way. But the key to this race is not simply endurance. There is much more to it than that. This race is a RELAY. At some point along the racecourse there must be a successful hand-off of the baton.
A relay is won or lost in the passing of the baton. Similarly God has designed our faith race to be like a relay with each generation passing the legacy of faith on to the succeeding generations. The success of the pass has ETERNAL ramifications. Today we will look at what the Bible tells us about the generations and what we can do to ensure that The Faith is passed on from one generation to the next. Why should we do this? Because I am this generation.
1. What do I need to know?
a. The differences between the generations.
b. The time and relationships that have been lost.
c. The need for intergenerational interaction.
d. There is a prize to be won.
2. What do I need to do?
i. Remember that I get to do this, I dont have to do this. V2
ii. Be a shepherd to those who are younger. V2
iii. Exercise oversight: literally be on guard. V2
iv. Why do I do this? Because I AM THIS GENERATION!
i. Allow myself to be shepherded by those who are more experienced than I am. V5
ii. Take the attitude that the elders have something I must have. V5
1. Squeeze em like a sponge.
i. Instead of trying to be bossy and controlling, I should be an example.
1. Values are more caught than taught.
2. I should not be too quick to judge the younger generations.
1. Stay Humble
1. Stay humble the only thing worse than an arrogant young person is an arrogant older person.
3. How do I do all this?
i. I must understand that this is not about me, its about them.
ii. I must take the younger generations seriously.
i. We must seriously consider the fact that not long from now we will be responsible for the life of the church.
ii. We must take the older generations seriously.
iii. REMEMBER: you will be this generation.
a. What now? That is, what do we do and where do we go from here.
i. Make every possible attempt to integrate the generations. We are not meant to do any of this Christian life of ours alone.
1. Accept the other and let them be who they are.
2. Meet together.
a. Go visit a youth group.
b. Visit the seniors luncheon.
i. Illustration: Seniors taking on young adults ministry.
3. Meat together (this is not a typo).
a. Invite someone older or younger than you to dinner.
4. Worship together in order to gain a mutual appreciation of various worship forms.
5. Pray together because we all need someone praying for us.
6. Live life together
its called friendship.
7. Learn about each other so you know their story.
ii. As you meet people from a different generation than yours:
1. Choose to be that older person in their life.
2. Choose to be that younger person in their life.
1 Corinthians 9:24 - Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
WE ARE ON THE SAME TEAM.