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Three Generations

Three Generations

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  1. Three Generations

  2. Three Generations • First Generation: • Fired up, enthusiastic, dedicated to God • Second Generation: • Goes to assemblies, goes through the motions, fire & zeal missing • Third Generation: • Just doesn’t care – given completely over to sin

  3. Three Generations Hard To Imagine?

  4. Examples From Scripture: • Abraham, Isaac & Esau • Abraham – Genesis 12:7; 13:4,18; 22:9 • Isaac – Genesis 26:25; 25:28 • Esau – Genesis 25:29-34 • David, Solomon & Rehoboam • David – Man after God’s own heart • 1 Kings 1:5,6 • Solomon - 1 Kings 11:1-6; 6:37,38; 7:1 • Rehoboam – 1 Kings 14:22-24

  5. Examples From Scripture: • Israel – Judges 2:7-12 • First Generation – Served God during life of Joshua & the elders who served Joshua • Second Generation - Dies • Third Generation – Did Not Know God!

  6. How is it that First Generation Raises Weaker Second Generation? • Difference in View of Time • Luke 10:2 • Eager to serve • Isaiah 6:8 • John 8:33,39,40

  7. How is it that First Generation Raises Weaker Second Generation? • Difference in View of Authority • Deny the Power of Gospel • Romans 10:1-3 • Matthew 15:8,9

  8. How is it that First Generation Raises Weaker Second Generation? • Difference in Focus • 1st Generation People Put Emphasis on Serving God • Hebrews 11:8-10

  9. How is it that First Generation Raises Weaker Second Generation? • Difference in Focus • 2nd Generation People Blurred Godliness & Worldliness • Deuteronomy 6:10-12; 32:15 • Psalm 49:6-8 • 1 Kings 11:1-6

  10. Takes Effort! Doesn’t Happen by Osmosis! • Hope our example will be enough • Examples leave much to be desired • What example did Solomon give his children? • What example did Isaac give his sons?

  11. Problem with Adonijah’s Upbringing? • 1 Kings 1:6 • “his father had not rebuked him at any time by saying, ‘Why have you done so?’” Eli’s Sons Strayed Because of No Restraint • 1 Samuel 3:13; 7:15-17; 8:1-3

  12. How Do We Stop The Drift? • 3rd Generation Need to Get Yourself Right with God – Lost without Him • 2nd Generation Consider What God told the Laodiceans • Revelation 3:14-19

  13. The Solution • Turn to God • Revelation 3:18 • Be Zealous • Revelation 3:19 • Dedicate Your Life to Serve God- Get to Work! • Revelation 3:20

  14. 1st Generation Person • Hang On To Your Faith • Now is Not the Time to Give Up! • Teach Your Children • If Possible, Teach Them More Than you Currently know!