Text: 2 Timothy 2:1-7

Gospel and the Next Generation

Background:

  • Paul wrote this second letter to Timothy during his second imprisonment in Rome (AD 64–65).
  • This letter is a call to be courageous and endurance amid opposition and suffering for the sake of the gospel.
  • 2 Timothy 1:1-7, Paul expresses his affectionate greetings to Timothy, his “beloved child”
  • 2 Timothy 1:8-14, Paul exhorts Timothy to have gospel endurance
  • 2 Timothy 15-18, Paul reveals those people who abandoned him

The future of the local church, the next generation of believers, and those who are yet to believe are at stake if we don’t faithfully entrust the gospel of Jesus Christ today.

  1. Be Strengthened by God’s Grace (v1)
    • The grace of God transforms our feeling
    • The grace of Jesus transforms our thinking
    • The grace of God transforms our doing
  2. Entrust the Good Deposit of the Gospel (v2)
    • The Gospel – Christ crucified
    • The Sufficiency of God’s Word
    • Love for the Local Church
    • A Life Worthy of the Gospel
    • Look for men and women who are faithful
    • Then these faithful men and women will eventually disciple others
    • Life on Life is the way we entrust the gospel
      • Paul, the Apostle (First Generation)
      • Timothy (Second Generation)
      • Faithful Men & Women (Third Generation)
      • Others (Fourth Generation)
  3. Endure Hardships Together (v3-6)
    • When you embrace the gospel, be ready to suffer.
      • Have a single focus like a soldier (v4)
      • Have a godly discipline like an athlete (v5)
      • Have an enduring expectation towards the prize (v6)
  4. Examine your life and your local church in light of God’s truth (v7)
    • Do I thirst for God?
    • Do I still grieve over sin?
    • Am I governed by God’s Word?
    • Do you have a growing concern for the spiritual and temporal needs of others?
    • Am I a quicker forgiver? Am I more loving?

2 Timothy 4:6-7, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Conclusion:

For the sake of God’s glory and the joy of the saints at UCBC:

  • Humbly seek together God’s grace
  • Grow and be accountable to each other
  • Faithfully entrust the gospel corporately
  • Endure hardships with joy and gladness

 

Ptr. Franco Ferrer
International Baptist Church of Manila
April 17, 2022

 

 

Text: Psalm 78:1-8

Christ, Church, and the Nexus Generation (Full Sermon Manuscript)

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Introduction:

Who is the author? Asaph. He is one of the Chief musicians during the reign of King David. He is part of the worship service if we will put that in today’s context.

What is a Maskil? A wise saying, verse, or a musical composition. What is he telling us? He is urging the Israelites to take care and give importance to the next generation. Henceforth, the next generation matters. He is also warning them that if they will not obey God’s command to take care of the next generation, they will fail like what happened to their ancestors.

Two things that we can clearly take home from this passage: let me pose it from a negative point; first, not reaching out to the next generation is unbiblical. Second, not seeing the next generation as important to the community is a sin—disobedience to God’s imperative call.

Main Idea:

Further Biblical grounds of reaching to the next generation:

  • Deuteronomy 6:7-9, “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
  • Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

The Generation of Nexus

  • The Millennials (Working Young Adults – 25 to 35 years old)
  • The Gen Zs
    ▪ College Young Adults – 18 to 25 years old
    ▪ Youth – 12 to 18 years old
  • The Generation Alpha (Students – 12 years old below)

The Visible Nexus: Church as a Hub

Titus 2:4-8, “Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness, and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”

Meaning, the duty to take care of the next generation is only dependent on one person. Not the youth pastor, not the pastor, not the Sunday school teacher, nor the Elders and deacons. But rather the entire community of believers.

The Ultimate Nexus: Christ

Jesus did not only embrace the next generation. But he is the ultimate nexus of this world. It was on the cross of Christ that he offered reconciliation, redemption, and the connection of God to humanity. Our goal is not simply catering to the next generation to the church. But we need to lead them to Christ.

Conclusion:

Nexus Generation in a word is a generation that is ought for Christ. Christ the ultimate manifestation of nexus. Connecting both humanity and God. Reconciling the relationship between God and man. It is Christ the nexus generation needs. And the church as the visible community of Christ should be the frontliners and defenders of each nexus point.

 

Ptr. John Paul Arceno
UCBC New Jersey
February 20, 2022

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