Second-Generation Christian - 2

Posted by John Hopler on

And that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  – 2 Timothy 3:15

At a GCC pastors conference several years ago, I asked, “How many of you who are over 40 years old grew up in a family where the father and mother were strong Christians devoted to the Scriptures?” Only a few hands went up. But then I noticed that there were scores of young pastors under 40 who had been raised up as second-generation Christians by these same pastors and other Christians in GCC churches.

It is a rich heritage to be brought up in a Christian family where the Word was taught. Almost without exception, those who were raised to be pastors in the early years of Great Commission Churches are first- generation Christians. We learned God’s truth not from our families but from God and from early leaders in the movement. But a second generation has been raised up which, as Paul said, “from childhood have known the sacred writings which are able to give wisdom that leads to salvation.” This is quite exciting.

Why did Paul remind Timothy of his heritage? Because when you look back at what God has done in building deep roots in our lives, it makes those roots go down deeper still. For this reason, whenever I come across a person who was brought up in a devoted Christian family, I make sure they appreciate the blessing that they have received.

A man of God is a man of the Word. And a man who receives the Word of God in his family upbringing is a man truly blessed by God.

Submitted by:
John Hopler
Great Commission Churches
Worthington, Ohio

One-Year Bible Reading
Numbers 16:41-18:32
Mark 16:1-20
Psalm 55:1-23
Proverbs 11:7

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