Throughout All Generations

Similar to Pastor Phil as he shared in his sermon on Sunday, I am fortunate to have a rich family legacy of faith. My maternal grandparents actually met in the country of Sudan during World War II, where my Canadian grandmother served as a missionary and my grandfather served in the US Army in the North African theatre. After the war, they got married and served for decades planting and pastoring churches in rural Appalachia. My relationship with Jesus today is in no small measure a fruit of their faithfulness.

Our culture likes to emphasize and exaggerate the differences between generations. I have heard some Baby Boomers speak of Millennials with barely masked derision and contempt, perhaps never questioning who it was that was responsible for raising, guiding and influencing this group. “Ok, Boomer” has become the sardonic reply of some Millennials who have perhaps never asked what they could learn from their elders if they were to humbly ask for their insights. And does anyone even still remember and pay attention to Gen X?

Against this cultural norm the Church has an opportunity to present something unique and distinctive. We can humbly, wisely, graciously and winsomely declare from one generation to the next what God has done and glorify Him. We can follow the example and exhortations that Paul offers to the Church in passages like 1 Corinthians 11:1, 1 Thessalonians 2:8-12, and Titus 2:1-8 to transmit the gospel through the example of our words and deeds. We can respect our elders by listening to their stories and we can encourage and equip the next generation by sharing ours; further, we can support them so they can develop their own signposts of God at work in their lives and in the world around them.

What will you leave to the next generation? What seeds are you planting and what prayers are you asking that won’t yield their full harvest until decades from now?
By Steve Lamp

Steve and his wife Melissa began attending Kingsway in 2014. Not normally prone to public displays of emotion, he wept during the first worship service and knew he had found home. As an avid reader, Steve believes the ideas we allow into our minds are critical to our spiritual formation. He enjoys exploring nature, playing and spending time with his two young sons and over-quoting his favorite authors, C.S. Lewis and Dallas Willard.