Read Psalm 78:4-7. Jamie began his sermon with a story from the book “Right From Wrong, What You Need to Know to Help Youth Make Right Choices” by Josh McDowell. Christians have a duty to communicate values and faith to the next generation. This is a big responsibility. There is not only much to share and teach, but the next generations lives are at stake. But why is this so difficult? Why do we fail in communicating these ever so important principles? How can we do better? Discuss. Then read 1 Peter 5:8-9.
Why don’t we communicate values well? We underrate the influence of the world. We’re afraid of being called “intolerant”. We don’t want to be accountable ourselves. Read Luke 17:2. Jamie said, “Once you speak up about a standard, you’re expected to live up to it.” So, we don’t want to be labeled a hypocrite, or a phony. We don’t want to turn people off, so we back off and don’t follow the standard ourselves. But read 1 Corinthians 16:13. What happens when we DO follow the standard? When we DO tell the truth? What happens when we ARE faithful to our spouse? What does your kids and family see? Explain.
How can we better communicate the truth? Fill your kids with biblical truth early. Read Psalm 119: 9 & 11. In what ways do you fill your kids with biblical truth? Stories, teaching, reading, and Christian music are a few great ways. Church camps and going to church regularly reinforce values. Give your kids some truth defense. Jamie said, “Don’t send your kids out into the world with a value system without some defense, some reason behind it. Give them a process to know how to decide right and wrong. First, what does the Bible say? Then pray about it. And if you still don’t know what’s right and wrong, talk with a mature Christian. Then follow your conscience.” Read 1 Peter 3:15. How do you help your children explain what they believe? Discuss.
Read Jeremiah 32:38-39. Remember the value of repetition. How is repetition vital in teaching truth and morals? To not just kids? Explain, then read Deuteronomy 11:18-19. What might be the benefits when negative things happen to your kids, to turn it around and teach positive truth often? Can this apply to adults too? Discuss.
Be involved in organizations influencing society. Model integrity yourself. Love your kids no matter what. Read John 14:6. Close by asking God to help you communicate and pass down the truth to the next generation as clearly, lovingly and honest as possible.