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Passing It On:

Generational Discipleship

In Scripture, it is the model we are given for how we instill within our children and grandchildren the faith that our parents and grandparents shared with us and we do so within the context of relationship, mentorship and community.

 

There are examples of generational discipleship all through Scripture.

The most oft-quoted verse about generational discipleship is probably Deuteronomy 6:4-9 where we are told to impress the commands of the Lord upon our children and to talk about them when sit and when we walk and when we lie down and when we get up…so basically, all of the time. And this command is given within the full assembly of Israel to all the people, so not just to parents but to the larger faith community.

 

We see this idea of generational discipleship play out in Scripture through so many intergenerational and familial relationships. Some examples include but are certainly not limited to…

 

  • Eli and Samuel (I Samuel 3)
  • Timothy and his mother and grandmother AND Timothy and Paul (2 Tim. 1:5)
  • Elijah and Elisha (2 Kings 2)
  • Naomi and Ruth (The book of Ruth)
  • Moses and Joshua (Deut. 31)
  • Mordecai and Esther (The book of Esther)

Sunday School for Children

Sunday School students Preschool-2nd Grade are meeting in Room 120 for activities. The current theme of study is:

The Gospel Project - Jesus the Messiah helps kids discover how God’s plan to save people from sin came into sharper focus as Jesus was born at last. From the beginning, Jesus proved that He is the Son of God and that all that was written about Him by the prophets was true. Jesus grew up and began to prepare for His ministry. When Jesus was baptized, God confirmed His sonship. Jesus was subsequently tempted by Satan, but He did not sin. As Jesus traveled throughout Judea, His personal encounters with ordinary people changed their lives in extraordinary ways. Jesus revealed that He was God the Son in human form, living among God’s people and bringing salvation in Him alone.

 

3rd-7th Grades meets in Room 119 and will be using The Bible Study curriculum that helps us open God's Word and differentiate what we might have as imagesw in our minds and what the true Words are. 

Look for a children's activity sheet near the Guestbook in the Welcome Center, that helps kids focus on this week's Gospel lesson during Worship times!

We also encourage families to be engaged in devotional time at home through reading the Scriptures; experiencing a new church location as you travel for vacation; finding unique and interesting places to have family prayer time; and having caring conversations about how Jesus is working within your daily lives.

Materials can be found on this page to cover some great lessons at home.

Family Talks

Use this timeline activity to celebrate your journey with God and to reflect on His faithfulness in your lives over the years.

Using words, drawings, and Bible verses include marriages and birthdays, as well as family milestones, such as when a child entered preschool or when the family moved. Then add fun memories and difficult times that affected everyone — illnesses or injuries, vacations, or changes in jobs or schools.

After you are finished with your timeline, discuss these questions:

  • What are your family’s best memories? What are your future dreams for your family?
  • How have you seen God moving in your family through the years?
  • What difficult events have you overcome as a family? How did those events make you closer?
  • How has your family experienced God’s faithfulness?