Don't Do It Yourself (Cornerstone)
Aug 30, 2015 - Rev Paul Rasmussen
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What adults influenced your faith growing up? How did their presence in your life shape who you’ve become?
Have you identified your “five?” These are the (at least) five people you can trust to love and care for your kids.
If you’re not a parent, are you part of someone else's "five?" Do you somehow care for, invest in, and pass the faith on to the next generation?
In what ways does your life impact the next generation of Christian disciples?
Have you ever had an epiphany? You know—a time when all of the sudden a lightbulb turned on, and you learned something new? Had an eye-opening realization?
This last Sunday Rev. Paul Rasmussen told us about an epiphany he had as a parent not long ago. He was visiting with his sister after she had taken his son to lunch. “He told me all about _______,” she’d said. Something Paul actually had no clue about.
Lightbulb: other adults influence his children. He and Ashley aren’t the only ones shaping, impacting, and making a difference in his children’s lives.
We’re in the middle of a four week sermon series called Welcome Home talking about the importance of passing the Christian faith on to the next generation. Last week we talked about the importance of being a family that practices the faith together. This week? Having a community of trustworthy family and friends.
It’s natural and normal to think we can parent—or do anything in life—on our own. All we need to succeed is our own brain and resources. Biblical wisdom, though, advocates seeking help from others, relying on people other than ourselves to help make decisions, know which path to take, and—in this case—raise our children. (See Proverbs 12:15 andProverbs 13:20.) Paul encouraged us all to find those wise and loving people in our lives, invest in them, and let them be the “go-to” people our children turn to for guidance, encouragement, and support.
Our theme Scripture for this series is Luke 2:41-52 where Jesus goes missing from his family in Jerusalem. Jesus’ parents are able to search for him amongst their close community of family and friends, and they finally find him in the temple learning from the religious leaders. Wouldn’t it be great if our children today weren’t lost alone but instead were safe within a community of close friends and family? What if our children and teenagers who were “lost” to drugs, alcohol, pornography, low self-esteem, and/or poor body image, etc. had a loving community of family, friends, and religious leaders to turn to?
Paul encouraged us to help our children by living relationally rich lives—dialing in the right people to influence our children and dialing out the wrong ones. Practically speaking, he asked us to find five people we trust to intentionally invest in the lives of our children. These people can be pastors, teachers, family friends, people at our church, youth counselors, young adults, grandparents, and/or small group leaders. If we don’t have children, Paul encouraged us to be one of these five people in the life of a child, youth, or college student.
It’s not a question of if young people will be lost, if they will drift. The question is where will young people go when they’re lost? How far will they drift? Who will they turn to?
Find or identify five people—or be a part of someone’s five—to help answer these questions. It will make all the difference in passing our faith down to the next generation.
See you next Sunday!
Director of Adult Ministries