03-10&11, 2018 All In Weekend
Dr. E. Dale Locke Fight for the Heart
Word Document 03-10-18
Consider those in your sphere of influence who represent the next generation of believers – those to whom we are entrusting to carry on God’s promises to generations beyond ours (children, grandchildren, young neighbors & relatives, younger co-workers, etc.)
- Tell about the younger people you know and have influence with, and your relationship with them.
- How certain are you of those in the next generation you mentioned in their abilities to carry on God’s message to future generations?
- Read Deuteronomy 6:4-7 – 4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Share your thoughts and ideas about this passage.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (underlined) is referred to as ‘Shema’ verses. In traditional Jewish prayer practice, these lines are the equivalent of the Lord’s prayer (“Our Father in heaven…”) in Christian tradition. These verses along with others, were prayed each morning and evening.
The Shema appears in the opening section of Deuteronomy, which is a collection of speeches attributed to Moses before the next generation of Israel entered the Promised Land. Moses challenges them with his wisdom and warning because he doesn’t want these Israelites to repeat their parents’ mistakes. Rather, he invites them to respond to God’s grace and mercy with love, faithfulness, and obedience.
- What would be the value of repeating these same prayers morning and evening every day?
Here are some facts regarding the Next Generation and Faith:
- Almost 50% of graduating high school seniors abandon faith upon entering college.
- 80% did not intend to abandon their faith.
- They did so within the first month of leaving home.
- What feelings do you have when you hear these statistics?
- Why do you think this happens at this time in a young adult’s life?
So how do we ‘fight for the heart’?
- We show up.
- We know them.
- We stay engaged.
Read Deuteronomy 6:6-9 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
- Discuss what these verses means for you as you relate to the Next Generation.
Read Ephesians 6:4 4 – Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
- How does this verse help you know how to fight for the heart of the Next Generation?
Chap Clark, in his book Sticky Faith, says:
Moms and dads and everyone engaged with the next generation must see their role as a marathon, not a sprint. They must recognize that building a relationship in which a younger person comes to trust them is even more important than whether they can trust the younger person regarding the immediate issues of the day.
- Discuss what this quote means to you.
- In your closing prayer, lift up the names of those you know in the Next Generation, and ask for discernment in how you personally can ‘fight for the heart’ for them.