Passing on the torch
The message today is about passing on the torch. Featuring Psalm 78: 2-7
2 I will open my mouth with a parable;
I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
3 things we have heard and known,
things our ancestors have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their descendants;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
5 He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
to teach their children,
6 so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
7 Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.
The question was asked of us: Will we do for the next generation what the previous generation did for us? How will we do that? There are several key things to do – be inviting, be connecting, be generous, be serving. I just want to share about being inviting today!
How did most of us come to faith……… because someone said ” Let me tell you about my faith. You ought to check this Jesus out.”
Of course we do this at GB, that’s what its all about……loving girls enough so that they are not ‘nameless’, part of the larger group that we don’t see as individuals, but girls and young women with names whose spiritual well-being we are concerned about.
Did you realise that the church and GB are not growing? We are losing followers of Christ at an ever increasing rate, what we do with our faith will make the difference in someone’s life.
“…we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. […] Then they would put their trust in God…”
We have been called to serve in GB, here and now.
(Acknowlegement: Thanks to our Pastor Ian Reid!)
Heavenly Father, I thank you for Girls’ Brigade. I thank you for generations of people who we don’t even know but who made sacrifices about which we’ve never even heard, who worked, prayed, sweated, gave, laboured, and dreamed.
I thank you for generation upon generation upon generation going all the way back to Jesus who faced trouble, persecution, prison, suffering, and danger. I thank you for the people who are doing so in many parts of the world right now.
Thanks for all of those people who you love so much, whose language, culture, work, and all around us.
I pray for your Girls’ Brigade, God. I pray that you will pour out a spirit of devotion to Jesus Christ, of unforced, joyful, wholehearted commitment. I pray, God, that you would unleash a movement of your Spirit in us so that girls lives can be transformed here and now and for generations to come.