This week, Wes Butler, Harrison Ross, and David Penuel encouraged us, all of us—parents, everyone else, and kids—to be intentional to invest in the next generation of the church. If we ever stop building into the church, it will die. We must be intentional to teach the next generation full-hearted devotion to God through our own transformation and the constant overflow of our own hearts.
- “Parents, you have no choice but to make disciples. How you spend your time & money, how you use technology, how you cheer for sports teams, etc.…these are all discipleship opportunities. It's not whether or not you will disciple your kids, it's how you will disciple your kids. You must be purposeful and intentional. You won’t just stumble into good discipleship.” What kind of disciples are you making right now? What’s one way—this next week—that you can be more intentional to disciple your children in line with Deuteronomy 6:4-9?
- “There are certain things in life that are not supposed to happen or be done by one or two people. Raising up the next generation of the church is one of those things.” What are you doing to invest in someone else, in the next generation? What do you have—time, talents, treasure—that you can give away to someone else?
- “Kids are really good at imitating other people. Kids, work at your skill of imitating people who follow Jesus. You don’t have to wait until you are older to remember, consider, and imitate your leaders.” What’s one question you can ask your leader this week to consider the outcome of their way of life? What’s one way you can imitate their faith this week?