The Mandate – INTERGENERATIONAL Movement

In preparation for this Mandate conference I came across this term, INTERGENERATIONAL.  It is a word that describes the interaction, the exchange between generations.  Here are a few scriptures that describe the Hebrew perspective on intergenerational engagement.

Psalm 145:4  One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.

Joel 1:3  Tell your sons about it, and let your sons tell their sons, and their sons the next generation.

Joel 2:16,17  Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the Bridegroom come out of his room and the bride out of her bridal chamber….

 

Notice that in the Hebrew culture there was definite, intentional movement from generation to generation.  Joel mentions the inclusion of the elders, the sons, the children, and even the nursing infants.  The Israelites were a relational community where the children grew up int he culture they were becoming.  The children were not just casually included; they were intentionally drawn in, assimilated, and absorbed into the community. Each person was in a family, each family was in a tribe, and each tribe was in a nation.  No child or teenager was left out.  No elderly person was pushed aside.  Everyone was included in the process of community development.

It was the same in the New Testament church.  Acts 10 describes the entire household of Cornelius experiencing the power of God.  Scripture describes Lydia’s entire household coming to salvation (Acts 16).  Acts 16 also describes the salvation experience of the Philippian jailer and his entire household.  These households would have included the youngest to the oldest.  In Acts 21:5 Paul was leaving Tyre.  As he was departing, the men, their wives, and their children gathered on the beach to pray together.

Ephesians 5 and 6 makes it clear that all age groups were present when Paul’s letter was shared with the believers in Ephesus.  The children were there, listening to Paul’s instructions for them to obey and honor their fathers and mothers.

This week in our Mandate sessions we will be having a conversation about this INTERGENERATIONAL movement of kingdom ministry.  I hope to see you present.

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