Tuesday, July 19, 2011

We Must Tell Them

"After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel"  Judges 2:10

This text was the basis for our sermon on Sunday. The generation this text was talking about was the "promise land generation" Their grandparents were the generation that was led out of Egypt, their parents were the conquers of the promised land led by Joshua. The "promise land" generation was the first generation who did not see first hand what the Lord had done.
How will the next generation know about the Lord if we do not tell our stories? We must tell them.

From my sermon notes:

1.We must tell them about God's character
2. We must tell them about our deep history (this would be speaking of our biblical heritage)
3.We must tell them the gospel of Jesus Christ
4. We must tell them about the history of the church
5.We must tell them our personal history (how did you come to Christ)
6.We must tell them of the mighty deeds of God in or life

I was a little discouraged at first, my children are grown and although we continue to tell them how God is working in our lives, they have heard our stories, but then the pastor reminded us it wasn't just our children that needed to hear the stories. Are there young people in your life? I have grandchildren. What young person do you have in your life that you can tell your story to. Is there a younger person you know that needs to hear about God's character, about  his mighty deeds? Do you know  a young person who needs to hear the gospel? The next generation needs to hear these things, it's up to us to tell them.


Trisha said...

Love, love, love this!! Yes, this is my heart, and we remind our children of this constantly! It's why we have Rejoicing Feasts and keep an Ebenezer Box, etc. We have to remember and share what God has done. To God be the glory!

How blessed your children and grandchildren are to have you!

Farm Girl said...

It is like that verse that says when you rise up and when you walk beside the way, it has to be like breathing.
I think about my kids too and I need to talk more to my grand children too.
This was very nice and a very good reminder. Thanks

Debbie said...

This was a great post. I am glad you stopped by my blog so that I can now visit yours. I see we have a few things in common...A love of the Lord, married a LONG time, children, grandchildren, and breast cancer survivors...Looking forward to visiting again! Debbie

Rebecca said...

I really appreciate the sermon notes you took and the seriousness with which you are taking them!

Your response to my question "What are YOU learning...?" shows me that you are definitely on the cutting edge!

I take all my pictures with my cellphone camera. This morning I got a GREAT one. I didn't even have to touch it up to put on my garden blog. As Susan said in her comment, it may have been a special gift from God!

It appears that our "hearts" are similarly tuned. God bless you today.

Farm Girl said...

Hello Maryann,
I will track down the recipe my daughter used for Ratatouille. It uses everything I have growing in my my garden right now. I really didn't think I would like it but I do and so did my family which really surprised me.
I do want to try making Eggplant Parmesan. I haven't ever made that before. So I will post those.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Yes and Amen...may we never get tired of sharing the faithfulness of God until they put us in the ground. May each opportunity we are given just shout out to us..."share" and then allow the Holy Spirit to do His work in the receivers heart, we are just the messenger.

no spring chicken said...

This is a wonderful encouragement. Although I'm sure that we can all shake our heads and say, "yes, yes, of course" how many opportunities do we let slip by? Great message.

Blessings, Debbie

camp and cottage living said...

This is a great post.
I think was easy when our children were home for them to see how the Lord worked in our lives and answered our prayers.
But I don't share those experiences with our grandchildren.
I'm going to make it a point to now.

Sassy Granny ... said...

When my children were growing up, ours was a divided house: me a believer; hubby an unbeliever. I learned (often, the hard way), that much of what children absorb is as much caught, as taught. I got really, really good about letting God's light shine - with and without words.

They'll grown up now, and hubby's a believer. The children have yet to make that decision, but they will.


P.S. It's fascinating to me that when anyone in the family, including the grandchildren, have questions about the Bible, or want prayer, they come running. God is good!