In recent weeks we have been discussing the vision for this church and one of the elements of it is that it is “generational”. So, what does that mean and how do we get there? Let me first say that I think it is simpler than we think, but many things of the world, make it just beyond our reach. The place to start is to think about what a perfect family looks like based upon scripture.
Here are some of the elements:
Mom and dad are committed to one another in covenant relationship
Children are brought up in the understanding and love of GOD, through teaching, mentoring, and modeling
Older members teach the younger members, and younger members respect older members
We break bread together regularly, and share across the generations
We work together in our gifts to meet the needs of the family, as well as needs of those we love
We accept people into the family on a regular basis, sharing the fruit of our own fellowship
The identity of the family is shared and promoted to sustain the vision
Now I know what you are thinking, that is not going to happen in our lifetime, or before Jesus returns, but we should still be seeking it in the times we live so we achieve some success with it. You see, this not just the vision for this church, it is the will of GOD for this Earth.
God is not willing that any should perish, and we perish for some many reason, not the least of which is the fact that we have never come to truly know GOD! If there is one mission that GOD has made clear to all of us, it is that we are supposed to “go and make disciples”, so go HOME and make them!