In part 1 of “The Next Generation”, we looked at two ways to help the next generation realize the importance of the body of Christ in their spiritual lives. We’ll look at a few more ways to help these next generations see the importance of the church.
- Treat these believers as “brothers” and “sisters” in Christ.
- Build a personal relationship with the younger generation.
- Show your love and care to the younger generation. It may seem like this is the same as the first two but this point actually goes beyond the first. All of us have had “acquaintances” through work, through school, or through other social outings. Often our relationships at church could be classified into the “acquaintance” category. We know the person, but we don’t really care or love the person like a true friend. The younger generations are really good at detecting this sort of hypocrisy or “fake” love and care. To combat this, you will have to learn to show genuine love and care. Building a church that genuinely loves and cares for the next generation takes time and effort. Are you ready and willing to put the time and effort it takes to grow the church with people from the next generation?
- Make sure the main thing is actually the main thing. If we asked Christians this question: What is the main priority in your life? Most would respond with an answer such as Jesus Christ or the glory of God. Those might be good answers, but does the younger generation actually see those as priorities in our lives or in our church? Often, young people become disillusioned with the church because their examples are more focused on power, politics, money, building projects, or other secondary issues. Instead, we need to actually be focused on reaching the lost for Christ. We need to focus on making disciples. We need to show them that the main thing, God’s glory, is actually the main thing in our lives and church.
- Tell the truth, teach the truth, and live the truth. Postmodernism has taught these younger generations that there is no such thing as absolute truth. The only absolute truth that many people believe in is that there is NO absolute truth. As strange as that may seem to a believer, the world around us does not consider that strange at all. Young people are constantly told to question everything, accept everyone, and tolerate anything…except absolute truth. We must be honest in what we do. We must teach Christ and the Word of God. We must live in a Christ-like manner no matter what we do.
John 14:6- Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Tad Wychopen is the Assistant Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. He leads the Thrive youth group and helps at Faith Christian Academy. His four boys keep him and his wife Hannah busy with new adventures each day. As a South Texas native, he enjoys the outdoors, local food, and the Cowboys.