Generations Sermon Series


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Here’s a question that’s worth reading twice: what is the best measure for a life’s impact? That question is not asking, what does our culture celebrate the most, or value the most, or pursue the most. Stop and truly think about it: in all reality, what is the best measure of a life’s impact? For good or bad, the people we will leave the biggest imprint on, are those in our own household. Our children or future children are shaped by who we are. That, as we are well aware, is a tremendous responsibility. But did you realize, that scripture does not simply say that we are responsible for our children, but for our GENERATIONS. Generations are not just one or two or five children that grow up in a home. It’s dozens of families and hundreds of people we are leaving an imprint in. We can’t afford to be incidental. We must be intentional. So what is the most important trait we could possibly send down through our generations?

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The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Like father, like son. A chip off the old block. You can usually tell how common a phenomenon is by how many idioms describe it. Everyone has seen how kids take on the tendencies, habits, perspectives, and beliefs of their parents. They don’t have to try to. It just happens. So is it a good thing if someone is a “chip off the old block”? That depends. Good things and bad things get passed down. This very real part of family life is addressed directly in the Bible. It is a tragedy when children are affected by the sins of their parents. But he has provided a way to break that from being passed down through the generations. Through Jesus, what once were dominant family traits can become RECESSIVE TRAITS. And that shift in family DNA can happen with you!


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There are things that we teach our families. Some are general life skills and some are significant truths and beliefs. Many of us learned these things by accident, half heartedly, or haphazardly. Yet, the bible has clear cut ways to teach and train our families in the kinds of things that change the direction of our families towards Jesus. So, how can we rest assured that we will teach and influence our children and families with what matters most? Well, God, in His word, is calling people to use their lives and everything in them to teach their families about Him. Yes, God calls us to seize some moments and plant other moments in order to influence the generations ahead of us! The beautiful thing is this, you can realign your family and your generations towards a greater inheritance today!

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Some families have heirlooms that have been passed down through the generations. Maybe your family has something like that. It could be your grandmother’s china or a ring your abuelo used to wear. But in families, it’s not just the tangible artifacts that get passed down. We pass along intangible things as well. Have you ever heard the phrase: do what I say, not what I do! Maybe you’ve even caught yourself saying that before. Sadly, we know that phrase is empty. Especially, when it comes to the parent child relationship, most of what is passed along is caught rather than taught. Children are sponges absorbing the perspectives, beliefs and habits of their parents. The reality is for better or for worse, we are replicating ourselves. And that doesn’t just affect our children, it shapes our generations. The only real way to pass down the right traits, is to actually possess them ourselves.