DAY 16 - Read Daily16-11-2019 | Grace Henry | YOUTH
Day 16 - The Intergenerational church (Part 2)
Questions for reflection:
- Based on today’s devotion, what do you think the value is in having different ages of people in your church congregation?
- In light of Titus 2:2-8, how would you advise a Christian friend who says ‘I don’t need to go to church on Sunday mornings. I can just go to go to youth group instead?’
- Is there an older Christian in your congregation who you and a couple of friends could ask for coffee? What could you learn from them?
Devotion Transcript (Watch on Baptist Youth Youtube Channel)
So far in chapter 2 of Titus we’ve looked at sound / healthy teaching and how the word of God, given its timeless nature, will jar with every culture at certain points. Yesterday we saw how Paul gave Titus a platform of how this healthy teaching is to take place. We were also left with the question, “Why is it so helpful for us to have intergenerational relationships?”
Look with me at the passage: Titus 2 v 2-8; “Older men are to be sober minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behaviour, not slanders or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.”
Let’s face it, we all look up to someone. We all have role models. I hope as you were reading you picked up on something that Paul is trying to show and instruct us. It’s this - the importance of the old teaching the young. It’s here that we see the importance of the intergenerational church and why it is so essential for our health as young Christians.
To bring it back to what I said at the start, we all have role models in our lives. As young people, we are always looking up to others, but we do need to be wise in who we chose to look up to. That’s why, in Titus 2 v 2 – 8, we should be looking out for mature Christians who are pursuing these characteristics.
I know what you could be thinking - ‘Older people won’t get me or our society! Older people don’t really care! Old people scare me!’ All of these questions are nonsense! There is a whole lot of wisdom we can learn from those who are more mature in their faith. We need to develop relationships with older mature Christians, who can hold us accountable and show us how to become role models of the faith ourselves. V7-8 echos this command,
“Show yourself in all respects to a be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.”
Now I know what you could be thinking - ‘I don’t need an older Christian to help me in my walk, I’m doing just find on my own.’ Well I’m sorry to burst your bubble but you’re wrong. God didn’t make us to be a lone ranger. Rather, he has made us a part of his family; and family look out for each other, encourage each other, and learn from each other! Its like when you go to your brother or sister and you ask them for advice. Maybe on a boy/girl, an outfit, or advice on a life matter. We look to others for guidance. So today I want you to have a think “what older person in my church could I ask for a coffee and build a relationship with?” but don’t just think about it… Actually do it!“Why is it so helpful for us to have intergenerational relationships?” So that we can be built up in our faith.