THE MISSION: Love God, by loving others, leading them to become fully functioning followers of Jesus Christ.
THE VISION: To establish a growing body of believers in Des Moines Iowa, who embrace and live out the gospel of Jesus Christ, to the end of making healthy, maturing, followers of Christ across generational, gender and racial lines.
The title of the message is:…
God’s Plan For The Generations – PT 1
God intends for the generations to be fitted together, each providing the others with their best qualities,
promoting cross-generational growth in
the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
· Deuteronomy 6:4-12, ESV
· 2 Timothy 2:1-2, ESV
Whether we look at the Covenant Community of Israel in the Old Testament, or the Redeemed Community of The Church in the New Testament, one thing is clear… there is no room in God’s plan for generation gaps or generation disconnections.
God’s Will is for one generation to positively impact, train up, provide for, encourage and empower another, to impact families, communities, even the world for His name sake.
For that to happen there must be a rock solid commitment from the generations to be “fitted together” as opposed to being “silo-d” for their own pleasure and comfort.
What I’m talking about when I use the word “silo”?
On the farm a silo is used to separately store differing types of grain.
In other contexts the word silo is used to describe how a grouping of people form a community where their loyalty for one another outstrips the loyalty they should have for the bigger whole.
In the work place…
…the employees of the accounting department bond together, as do those in research and development, managers, and laborers.
If one is not careful this team, that should be working together to accomplish the companies goals, become little kingdoms within themselves thus diminishing the effectiveness of the whole.
Gail Sessoms writes: “As silos solidify, members become more insular and distrustful of other employees or departments. Once trust disappears, it becomes increasingly difficult for groups to work together.
Sessoms continues: Organizational silos usually are resistant to change, operating to prevent easy access to information they hold and throwing up barriers to change and cooperation. Silos make it difficult for communication and collaboration to occur across units. Each group works to protect its own interests.”
What is true in the business world, is also true in the Church World. Just as companies can develop departmental silos, so the church can see generational silos develop and when it does, it’s never good.
Multi-generational VS Inter-generational
Multi-Generational = several generations within the same confines.
Inter-Generational= several generations within the same confines, fitted together
Intergenerational – The Family Unit
Deuteronomy 6: The charge goes to generation #1:
· Love the LORD your God.
· Learn My commands.
· Teach them to your children. = Generation #2
Intergenerational – The Church Body
2 Timothy 2:1-2:
1You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you [Timothy 2nd generation] have heard from me [Paul 1st generation] in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, [3rd generation] who will be able to teach others [4th and subsequent generations] also.
I see a mandate for the generations to be actively committed and working with one another, so that the whole “The Body of Christ” is built.
Jeff Meyers, President of Summit Ministries, writes in his book Grow Together: the forgotten story of how uniting the generations unleashes epic spiritual potential…
“The greatest cultural divide in the church is not between the rich and poor or between majority and minority cultures. It is a generational divide: silent, invisible, culturally-acceptable segregation by age.”
Don’t be a pendulum swinger
…there is a place for children to be with children, teens with teens, young adults, young marries, middle age and senior saints to be together according to their age and life stage. I am NOT wanting to do away with 60 plus or teen group.
… there is something that I want to do away with and that is a silo attitude where loyalty is granted to one part of the “Body” against the other parts. All parts of the body must be loyal first to Christ and then to each other… because we are a BODY.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27, ESV
We are the body of Christ…
· all of us are necessary,
· all of us have part to play
· all of us impact the others
· we rise or fall ~ win or lose together
The way I see it:
· The group who should be the biggest supporters, cheerleaders and providers for the younger generations, are the older generations.
· The groups that should be the biggest supporters, cheerleaders and encouragers for the older generations should be the younger generations.
There are only 2 things that I can think of that would prevent this from being a reality in The Church…
1. Ignorance: simply don’t know this is God’s expectation.
2. Selfishness: I don’t care about God’s exceptions or the needs of others, I am silo-d with my own tribe and there I will stay!