What do you hope to hand on to the next generation to help them be the Church? What is it that you really want them to know? Will you have more than a policy manual to give them?
Think about it: What will impact the next generation the most — a policy manual to tell them how to operate — or record of a praiseworthy God who has exhibited His presence and power in your midst?
We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. (Ps. 78:4)
Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty – and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works – and I will proclaim your great deeds. (Ps. 145:3-6)
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, (Eph. 1:18-20)
As we will note in the next post, we need to keep church policies in perspective so we don’t let them take on a life of their own and become all we have to pass on. While it might be beneficial to hand them policies as a guide for what we have found helpful, that’s not going to be sufficient to make them want to be a part of the Church. The real appeal is an Almighty God who is great enough to make a difference in their lives now and for eternity.