By All Possible Means
Posted on Jan 18, 2018 in Faith Updates
I have a question: How much would you be willing to give up to reach your sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces or nephews for Christ? While you could never control their faith decisions, if there is something you could do, wouldn’t you?
I pose this question born out of a book our church council has been studying called Growing Young. On Tuesday night I read the opening sentence from chapter 6 to the council: “How much would you and your church give up to reach young people?”
It is no secret our Faith family is blessed to be a multi-generational church, and it is on the shoulders of our seniors that Faith Covenant Church has been built, but one our growth areas has to be the next generation. Why? Two reasons:
- We can’t fulfill our mission to make disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus if we don’t make disciples of the next generation.
- Young people are leaving the church in America in droves.
Just two years ago the Pew Research Center did a study of American Christianity and found that “barely a quarter of ‘millennials’ (born between 1981 and 1996) attend church services on a weekly basis, compared with more than half of U.S. adults born before 1946. Only about 4 in 10 millennials say religion is important in their lives, compared with more than half of those who are older, including two-thirds of those born before 1946.”
What would the Lord have us do? The Apostle Paul gives us counsel:
I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law…so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law…so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Faith, are we willing to make ourselves slaves to the next generation so we might “win as many as possible?” What would that even look like? Paul indicates it looks like us finding solidarity with those we’re trying to reach to “win” those we’re trying to reach. What is the win? The win is a son or daughter, grandchild, niece or nephew putting their faith in Christ and becoming His disciple.
Why would we even do this? Their today and forever depends on it. We do it for the “sake of the gospel” so that we might “share in its blessings.”
By all possible means,
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