Judges 2:7-10 The people served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the Lord had done for Israel. Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of a hundred and ten…
After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what He had done for Israel.
The Bible talks a lot about generations and specifically passing on the faith from one generation to the next (Psalm 145:4). Our Judges reading gives us a stark warning of what happens if a generation fails to pass on the faith. I don’t know why Joshua’s generation didn’t do too well at passing on their faith, they did a lot of things right. But, because they didn’t pass on the faith we find a next generation who neither knew the Lord or knew of his power and works.
Notice how the failure to pass on the baton isn’t attributed to a specific individual, leader, parent, youth leader, children’s worker. The sense is that passing the baton of faith is a generational responsibility.
I think we’d all agree it would be awful if the next generation grew up not knowing the Lord or what He has done.
As the Church, we are entrusted to pass the baton of faith from one generation to the next.
The goal of the race is to become more like Christ.
The baton is Christ at work in me and through me to the world.
The race is the process of becoming like the one I’m running toward, Jesus Christ.
How are you passing on faith to the next generation?
Every time we dedicate a child, the church family promise to pray for that child and to encourage them in their gift and calling. Spend some time praying around this today.
On a really practical note: We have a young person who is a drummer and wants to use the gift she believes God has given her in The Surge, our Sunday youth gathering. Do you have a drum kit lying around that we could keep at the church for our youth worship team to use? If so, please contact Ben Carman firstname.lastname@example.org