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The Gospel through Generations

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The Gospel through Generations

My Testimony
Not some crack head in a gutter
Grand fathers in mission
Father a missionary and pastor
Godly women and men in my life
I am a third generation teacher and preacher
And that is my testimony
Now of course as anyone of my family members could tell you i was not born a christian, I like everyone else since the fall was born as a depraved tiny human being.
I was not a great child, when in Russia as a 3 year old i was so awe full my parents began to wonder if my behavior disqualified them from ministry.
I think anyone with children especially a toddler can relate to those sort of feelings.
Terrible twos, no one ever mentions the treacherous threes
But when I was three almost four, my parents as all parents should, read scripture to me. One night my father was reading to me from the gospels, out of a children's bible that had many pictures, I remember looking at this Jesus character who seemed so kind and loving and who my father so clearly believed not only had all the answers but was the answer.
I told my father I want to receive Jesus
He said I was to young. I said that i wanted to and I wanted him to pray for me, he said that he could not pray for me that it was something that i had to do myself, so I asked him what i should pray and he lead me in that prayer.
I do believe that I became a believer that day.
Now the treacherous threes did pass but then I came to my teens and tho i never forsake God or ran from him, I certainly reached a place where I was serving myself and not him.
When I was 16 girl in front crying
Cross the line
Youth, group, bible college, wife, kids, church planting, Youth ministry, planted AC
And here I stand today
Each of you have your own story that has lead to you sitting there today
I am willing to bet that everyone of you are here today because someone loved you enough to share the good news of Jesus Christ to you.
For many in America that was a parent or family member, for others a good friend, for some maybe a stranger.
But someone shared the gospel with you, or took you to church to hear
Everyone one of us have accepted the gospel and have grown spiritually because of the investment of other people.
Even this building we are in today is from the investment of other people and generations before us
The gospel though generations is the only way that it can be spread.
As the Apostle Paul tells us in
Romans 10:14 NLT
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
It must be shared.
And the gospel has reached us 2000 years later and is more relavent and wide spread than ever before because it has been passed through the generations.
This is exactly what Jesus has commanded, and by Gods grace the church has been faithful to do it, not perfectly of course, but Christianity is the largest and most influential religion and more importantly way of thinking and way of life across this globe.
Because it has been faithfully passed through the generations
It could all have ended with one unfaithful generation
One selfish generation who chose not to pass on the good news.
You say how could that ever happen? Well it has happened before
Judges 2:10 NKJV
When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.
Judges 2:
We can all agree that this is a tragedy, one of the saddest verses in the bible
And if you have ever read the book of judges you know that this results in the saddest and most twisted book of the bible
A generation that does not know God or what he had done results in a lot of awful things.
He was one of the best kings they had, he cleansed the temple, got rid of Idols and so forth, He even said
So let us read the great commission
Matthew 28:19–20 NIV
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Now today my testimony and even the language I have used suggests a literal family lineage in which the gospel is passed on or the generational passing on of the good news from one literal generation to another within a society.
Both of those are of course good, and are needed.
But I also want to talk about a much faster generational ministry, which is that of multiplication
Family Language throughout
John 14:6 NKJV
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
1 John 3:1 NKJV
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
John 1:12–13 NKJV
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Romans 8:15 ESV
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
The Great Recommission
Genesis 1:28 ESV
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Compare to preach to all creation
Whitness to Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth
Or Make disciples of all nations
Subdue
to conquer and bring into subjection
Teach them to obey
Matthew 28:19–20 NIV
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matt 28:1
Generational Language
Proverbs 22:6 NKJV
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Prov 22
John 1:12–13 ESV
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:12 ESV
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
Proverbs 1:8 NKJV
My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother;
Colossians 3:20 NKJV
Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.
1 John 3:1–2 ESV
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
Spiritual Generational Language
2 Timothy 2:2 ESV
and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.
1 Timothy 2:2 ESV
for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
Hezikiah is another example.
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He was one of the best kings they had, he cleansed the temple, got rid of Idols and so forth, He even said
Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good.”  For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.
Hezekiah was not sucessful in teaching the next generation
Hezekiah fathered the heir to Judah’s throne, Manasseh, who would turn out to be the evilest king ever to reign in Judah
Mannaseh was so bad
2 Chronicles 33:9 ESV
Manasseh led Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem astray, to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord destroyed before the people of Israel.
Psalm 78:5–7 NIV
He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors 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. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
Ephesians 4:11–12 ESV
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
Last verse
Psalm 127:
Psalm 127:3–5 ESV
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
Genesis 1:28 ESV
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Teach to obey
Prov
Proverbs 1:8 ESV
Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching,
yes in the 50 years but also to 5 and 5
Col
Colossians 3:20 ESV
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
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