"All that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel." (Judges 2:10 NASB)
PORTAGE, MI – It’s a cautionary tale. Joshua was a godly man who led the people to serve the Lord. The elders who survived him, who had seen all the great work the Lord had done, were also faithful. Then, another generation arose in Israel that did not know the Lord or His work. The Passover, passing through the sea, the Covenant, the crossing of the Jordan, Jericho’s fall, the Glorious God who wrought it all: unknown, just a generation removed.
In February, my oldest son turned eighteen. The scope & scale of change we’ve experienced through his lifetime is mind boggling. Some of what his generation accepts as normative had not even occurred to us just twenty-five years ago. What could the next quarter century hold?
With the world & all its voices constantly available at their fingertips, this generation has been exposed to ideas & ideologies that contradict the truth we hold dear. There are those purposefully acting to see that the Lord & His work is unknown to the youngest among us.
How will our churches rise to the occasion? Will we intentionally convey the gospel to our children & their generation? Will we lovingly listen & answer the questions that arise from the influence of an increasingly hostile society? Will we prepare ourselves to give the reason for the hope we’ve found?
Our Reasonable Faith is a conference designed to equip people from the pew & the pastorate as we strive to see rising generations know the Lord & His work. Join us as Tim McGrew equips us to engage in conversations without casualties while offering clear answers to the most common questions & objections to Christianity. Andy Giessman will offer his insights into ministry to those in the rising generation gleaned from experience on the university campus. Tom McCuddy will encourage us to reconnect apologetics with discipleship to help believers be better prepared to engage those around us.
The South Central Baptist Association is blessed to once again partner with the Baptist State Convention of Michigan (BSCM) to offer this conference. Join us at Faith Baptist Church in Battle Creek from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, March 28th. A catered lunch will be provided that is worth the price of admission, which is only $15 if you pre-register. Come as a group, expecting to be encouraged & equipped for such a time as this. Share the promotional video below:
Anticipating that his ministry would soon come to a violent end, Paul writes to Timothy imploring him to faithfully pass on the truth by instructing reliable men who would also be able to do the same. We must also prayerfully & intentionally pass on the truth once and for all delivered to the saints that coming generations would know the Lord & His work.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chad Wells is in his fifteenth year as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Portage. He also serves as the Associational Mission Strategist for the South Central Baptist Association. He & his wife Angela are blessed with five children.