Beyond Gratitude (Cornerstone)
Jan 28, 2018 - Rev Paul Rasmussen
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- Who are the people of generations past who have influenced your life?
- What did they do to shape you?
- Who are the people of the generation to come who you are currently influencing? (If you struggle to think of someone, what does that mean to you?)
- How might God be asking you to influence the next generation?
If you missed Cornerstone this weekend, you missed OUT! We threw a giant party to celebrate the finish line of our Beyond Campaign, launched exactly one year ago!
On January 28, 2017, over 1000 people packed into Wesley Hall to vote on the vision that would take us Beyond Our Limits, Beyond Our Walls, and Beyond Ourselves. You voted YES to embark on a $65 million capital campaign, and all weekend long, we celebrated God's faithfulness and your generosity in reaching our goal!
To learn more about the celebration here.
The Beyond Campaign wasn't just about buildings or parking, or even fighting poverty. The Beyond Campaign is about reaching the next generation for Christ.
Asaph was a writer of Psalms. He and his "band" were called on by the King of Israel to write songs of celebration. Here's what he wrote:
Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.
Did you know that today is the only time in history that six generations have been alive at once? And for the first time ever, kids don't need adults to get information. [Just ask Siri. Or Google. Or Alexa.]
Kids don't need adults for information. But they do need us for interpretation. They need us for wisdom.
That's why we must "tell of the glorious deeds of the Lord...and the wonders that he has done." Our stories are made for sharing, for lifting up the generations to come.
During your First 15 this week, spend time reading Psalm 78. It's a long one, so break it up into chunks each day. Why do you think this Psalm would have been read at big-time celebrations in Israel? What do you see about God's character and our pattern as the people of God?