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Sunday Sermon Preview – “Every Generation in Our Nation”

July 18, 2009

I landed in Manila around midnight last night. I probably should have
"just said no" but during a non- jet lag moment, I agreed to preach the
Victory-Fort 9 & 11 Sunday services. I hope I am able to stay awake during my sermons tomorrow morning.

Did
my usual Manila Saturday routine – meeting with 10 Victory preachers,
exchanging ideas about our sermon. I get to work with the best sermon
team in the world!

Here's a summary of our current series, "www.victory – the Why, What and Who of Victory"

Week 1
Q: Why Does Victory Exist?
A: To Honor God

Week 2
Q: What Does Victory Do?
A: Make Disciples

Week 3
Q: Who Does Victory Target?
A: "Every Generation in Our Nation"

We
often talk about leadership in terms of "passing the baton" to the next
generation. Like all illustrations, this baton image is incomplete, and
might actually communicate the exact opposite of how a
"multi-generational" church should work.

In an Olympic relay
race, as soon as the baton is passed, the runner who passed the baton
has nothing left to do. He has finished his part of the race and heads
to the locker room. This is why some older leaders are hesitant to pass
the baton. The are not ready to quit their race. So, some refuse to let
go until they are in a coffin.

Rather
than the baton pass, I think there is a better picture of how a
multi-generational ministry should function. Few blog-readers remember
Phil Jackson as a backup during the New York Knicks 1973 NBA
championship. Most today know Phil as the "zin-master" who collected 10
NBA championship rings coaching the Jordan Bulls and the Shaq/Kobe
Lakers. But before he was super-coach, his claim to fame was leading
the NBA in personal fouls (330) in the '74-'75 season.

When Phil's average NBA career was over he had three choices. He could become a spectator, a commentator, or a coach.

So
many church members have become spectators and commentators. They are
no longer in the game, so they watch or they become expert talkers.
Rather then being spectators or commentators, we should become
spiritual coaches – not passing the baton then retiring, but staying
involved and helping the next generation become great.

Paul
described this multi-generational approach to ministry in 2 Timothy 1:5
when he reminded Timothy of the "sincere faith" that was handed down
from his grandmother to his mother to him. Then Paul told Tim to give
that faith to faithful people who would be able to give it to others (2
Tim 2:2). That's 5 generations of multi-generational church!

1. Lois, the grandmother
2. Eunive, the mother
3. Timothy
4. Faithful people
5. Other people

Since this is supposed to be a sermon preview, I'll stop there and save the rest for tomorrow morning…

See you at Victory-Fort.

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