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the generational exchange

just read an article called, "the generational exchange" - it's really a sermon transcribed from a few years ago in denver at an A/G general council - amazing message!

i'm going to link it here and suggest that you set aside about 10 minutes to read through it all...really good stuff...here are my takeaways (these are directly from the message/article):
  • There is titanic distrust among the generations.
  • The older generation is looking for someone in whom they can deposit their faith, or as Paul puts it, they are looking for someone in whom they can deposit the trust of the full gospel (1 Timothy 1:11; 1 Timothy 6:20). However, they are reluctant to make that deposit for fear that their faith, their church, and the trust will be diluted, altered, or even forsaken.
  • The younger generation needs the church to provide a consistent example in an ever-changing world. At the same time, they need the church to stop forcing cultural and geographical man-made convictions onto their faith and calling it gospel. In my lifetime, I have noticed that the church now readily accepts many things it once called sinful. Our students are confused.
  • So, one generation is reluctant to give and the other is reluctant to receive.
  • I feel caught in the middle — hearing both the valid complaints of the young and the valid concerns of the old. Maybe this is where I am supposed to be, in the middle, reaching one hand out to the young and the other out to the old, asking the young to give their respect and the old to give their blessing.
  • Today’s young people can stand tall only because they are standing on someone else’s shoulders.
  • The church has attempted to create an environment that will keep the younger generation coming back to church, and in the process has made doctrine a dirty word.
  • But Jesus is doctrine.
  • The cry of Esau is the cry of the younger generation: “Please, bless me too.”
  • Some say the youth are rebellious; I say they are revolutionaries. There is a reformatory anointing on this generation. They are the reformation generation. They do not want to be normal. They want to be abnormal. They do not want to be natural; they want to be supernatural.
  • The DNA of this youth culture matches the DNA of the Pentecostal churches. All we need to be is what God called us to be — a church of the Spirit.
  • The youth in this generation do not want normal. They want what is supernatural. This generation has railroad spikes through their tongues and piercings over the rest of their bodies. Someone speaking in tongues will not scare them away. They will probably say, “Cool. Finally, this is not a normal church.”
  • Churches need to maintain excellence: the yard needs to be manicured; the orchestra needs to be in tune; our sermon needs to be well prepared; and the service needs to be well organized. But if God does not show up and breathe on us, all we have done is put on a nice show.
  • Part of the tragedy is that the older generation is looking for the God of their past and are reminiscing about the good old days, while the younger generation is looking for the God of their future. Both will miss Him because He is not only the I Was for the older generation or the I Will Be for the younger generation; He is the I Am for everyone.

2 comments:

Rachel said...

This is well said and so true. Good stuff.

Larry Underwood said...

I did check out the entire sermon. Very well put!!