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Sermon Notes

Practical Lessons for Understanding the Word of God

Touching the Hearts of the


Next Generation
KEY PASSAGE: Psalm 78:1-8 | SUPPORTING SCRIPTURES: Psalm 37:4-7; Proverbs 22:6; John 14:6; Ephesians 6:1-4

of the Scriptures so the parents taught Gods truths


SUMMARY
verbally from one generation to the next. Today we
Christians are under a divine obligation to have the Holy Bible, the infallible, eternal Word of God
teach the next generation the truth of Gods in which is written everything we need to know about
Word so they will understand that they are the Lord and His instructions to us.
His children, know that He has a plan for their
lives, and be equipped to face life. The Divine Obligation
This pattern of instruction should continue without
Like the Israelites, we too have been entrusted with
a gap from one generation to the next. Parents, in
the responsibility to teach by instruction and example
particular, have the responsibility to introduce their
the truth of Gods Word, which results in a desire to
children to the Lord.
walk obediently before the Lord in the power of the
Holy Spirit. Since both instruction and example are
SERMON POINTS necessary, we must have consistency between what
we say and what we do if we hope to pass down Gods
The writer of Psalm 78 describes how Gods truth
truths to the next generation.
should be passed down from one generation to
n Our instruction should include the principles of
the next.
Gods Word that we have read, learned, and lived
n Tell to the generation to come the praises of the
out in our own livesin other words, our personal
Lord, and His strength and His wondrous works
testimony. And like the Old Testament saints,
that He has done (v. 4).
we must also teach our children who God is, what
n For He established a testimony in Jacob and He has done, and how He expects us to live. But
appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded instruction alone is not enough; we must also teach
our fathers that they should teach them to their them by example how to obey the Lord.
children (v. 5).
n Although we may feel as if we dont know enough
n That the generation to come might know, even to pass on scriptural truths, we all have a story
the children yet to be born, that they may arise and to tell. First of all, everyone whos been saved by
tell them to their children (v. 6). the grace of God understands whats required for
n That they should put their confidence in God salvation. And as we read the Bible, we should share
and not forget the works of God, but keep His what we are learning. Furthermore, we can explain
commandments (v. 7). how the Lord has worked in our lives by protecting,
At the time this psalm was written, the Bible had not providing, encouraging, and helping us through
yet been completed. As the words of Moses in Genesis lifes hardships and pain.
through Deuteronomy were taught to the people, they n Christian parents cannot entrust this divine
were expected to pass down information about the obligation to someone else. Ephesians 6:4 says,
Lord to their children. They didnt have written copies Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,

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but bring them up in the discipline and instruction n We are living in spiritually dangerous times
of the Lord. We dont have to be well-educated or and must take a stand for truth to protect our
seminary-trained to fulfill this assignment. Simply children. In the 1960s, immorality and the pursuit
reading the Bible to our children and assuring them of success and wealth were promoted, and by
that Gods Word is true will be effective. the 1970s many parents had lost their children to
n The state of our culture makes this divine rebellion against God. Ever since then law and
obligation even more critical. The world our order, and love and respect for one another have
children inhabit is full of errors, dangers, and degenerated. If Gods people do not take a stand,
distractions that could lead them away from Christ. the culture will continue this downward trend. The
Todays technology can be used to promote the line of testimony from faithful witnesses for Christ
gospel, but it also distracts young people from cannot be taken for granted, nor should it be
whats truly important. ignored. Providing for our children doesnt merely
include physical needs, material possessions, and
n We have many ways to teach the next
education. The most important thing we can do for
generation. We should begin with our own
them is to train them in the way they should go so
beliefs and life experiences, but theres also value
they can live godly lives (Prov. 22:6).
in passing down what weve learned about the
Lord from our parents and grandparents. The n The task is not too big for us because we have
key is diligence. We cant afford to let teaching the Holy Spirit living within us. He will guide our
opportunities pass just because we feel inadequate. steps, help us understand Gods Word, and show
Although Sunday schools are important, they us how to reach the next generation. As we open
should never be a substitute for parental the Bible, we will become more familiar with it,
responsibility. our faith in the Lord will increase, well learn His
truths, and our lives will be changed. There are
n Grounding our children in scriptural truth is
many searching, unsettled, and dissatisfied people
especially important as they head off to school.
who desperately need to hear what almighty God
Because we live in an anti-God environment today,
can do in a life, and we have a testimony to share
we cannot rely on teachers and professors to teach
with them.
truth. Although there are many teachers who
love the Lord, secular education systems hinder
them from talking about spiritual things. God has
RESPONSE
given us the responsibility to teach our children n What obstacles might be keeping you from teaching
to discern between truth and error so theyll be the next generation about the Lord through
prepared to go out into the world. If we dont example and instruction?
courageously stand up for the truth of Scripture,
n Think about your testimony and what you could
our children and grandchildren may drown in
share with someone younger. What have you
secularism and unbelief.
learned in Gods Word? How has He worked in
n We must talk to our children about spiritual your life?
matters. Since our society is disinterested in the
things of God, the most loving thing we can do
for our children is to discuss spiritual truths with
them. We should ask them what they are learning
in school and what they believe about spiritual
matters. Its our responsibility to teach them that
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