In Psalm 127, Solomon refers to children as a “heritage” or an “inheritance” from the Lord. It’s easy to miss how revolutionary that statement is. Solomon isn’t saying that children will receive our inheritance. He is saying that they are our inheritance. But what does that mean?
It means that the most important task we have as a church is to teach the next generation the gospel.
An inheritance is what you leave behind for future generations. So when a church thinks about what they are “leaving behind” for their city, they shouldn’t be thinking of ministry plans or church buildings, but kids. The children in our church are the first ones that God has given us to win for the gospel. They are the inheritance we are leaving for our city.
I had a lot of fun filming these 10-second video promos for Ready to Launch with Veronica. She automatically brings the “watchability” factor up about 200%. I’m thinking that from now on I should only write these kinds of studies with her, since the end product is this good. Plus it’s just makes for a happier me.
We’re still awaiting our reality television offers, by the way. I haven’t heard anything yet, but I’m sure they’re coming…eventually.
My friend Trevin Wax recently asked Veronica and me to highlight our new parenting resource, Ready to Launch, on his blog. He was a gracious host, so I’ve included some of the interview Q&A here. You can read the original interview on his blog.
Trevin: The world tells parents they should be centered on kids; as a pastor, you tell parents they should be centered on Jesus. The primary responsibility of both the church and the home is to teach the next generation the gospel.
Some people may hear a statement like that and think “teaching” in the classroom sense of getting your kids to sit down in rows and hear you tell Bible stories. That’s not what you’re talking about here. What does a broader vision of teaching your kids the gospel look like?