Aug 23, 2015 - Rev Paul Rasmussen
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How do you see generation loss in the world around you when it comes to faith?
Did your family growing up practice the faith together? If so, what difference did it make in your life? If not, what difference did it make?
In what ways does your life impact the next generation of Christian disciples?
Who doesn’t remember the 80’s Boombox? It played all kinds of great music, but probably the best thing it could do was make mixtapes. Over and over again you could press “Play” and “Record” to copy and create the greatest playlists for Homecoming, family vacations, and your high school sweetheart…
… except for when you recorded too many times. After about five re-records, the sound quality of your “best mixtape ever” diminished. Suddenly the Rolling Stones sounded like Cheap Trick.
The technical term for this—what audio engineers describe as the integrity lost in quality from the first version to the second version—is generation loss.
Did you know the same applies with our faith? Did you know that throughout Scripture God’s people loved God and were faithful to Him but struggled to effectively pass down their faith to the next generation? On the one hand, they wanted to pass their faith on and knew their faith had been passed to them from those before them (see David’s words in Psalm 102:18 and Paul’s in 1 Corinthians 15:3), but they couldn’t help but get distracted. God’s people have historically loved God and then dismissed God… trusted and depended on God, and then thought they could live life on their own. When Jesus died and rose from the dead, his disciples were fervent and excited to share their faith, but over time Christians have lost their passion, churches have split, and we have struggled to keep the original integrity of the gospel message.
See? Generation loss.
We are living in a time in history when the likelihood that our children and grandchildren will grow up in the Christian faith is extremely low. Everywhere around them, the next generation is invited to participate in anything and everything but church. If we don’t intentionally fight generation loss, we will lose an entire generation of Christian disciples.
This last Sunday in Cornerstone, Rev. Paul Rasmussen shared our church’s vision to fight generation loss. We will focus on family ministries as one of our seven pillars in order to effectively pass our faith down to the next generation. Our guiding Scripture will be Luke 2:41-52 with Jesus’ family as the model to follow.
- Practiced the faith together
- Was surrounded by a community of trustworthy family and friends
- Was part of a church their whole family could love
So step 1? Practice the faith together. Whoever you are, wherever you live, we encourage you to practice your faith with others. Spend time in prayer with your spouse. Read Scripture to your children. Find a community of friends to attend church with weekly. The more we model our faith—rather than just talk about it or trust the church to “handle” it—the more we will pass along our faith to others.
Join us as we study the life and faith of Jesus’ family and connect it with the ministries and programming here at HPUMC. This is not a series only for thirty-somethings with 2.5 children and a white picket fence. We’ll be talking to the single mom, the baby boomer, anyone who cares enough to ensure that the Christian faith lives on.
We also hope you will visit our Welcome Home sermon series resource page to discover more ways that we can work together to raise the next generation of disciples.
See you next Sunday!
Director of Adult Ministries