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  • 1. Psalm 78:1-8; 32; 38-39; 72 The Past “Tell The Coming Generation” June 11, 2017 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA
  • 2. What’s the number one thing? https://www.allenschool.edu/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/number-1.jpg
  • 3. The Glory of God! http://christianitymalaysia.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/glory-to-god.jpg
  • 4. 1 Corinthians 10:31 31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.
  • 5. June Memory Verse John 15:7 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
  • 6. Why study the Old Testament and History? Romans 15:4 4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
  • 7. References • The ESV Study Bible, (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Publishing, 2011). • Unless otherwise stated, scriptures are quoted from the ESV. • Allen, Jason K, The SBC and the 21st Century (Nashville, TN, B & H Academic (2016). • Morgan, Robert J. 100 Bible Verses (B & H Publishing, Nashville, TN) 2010. • Durant, Will and Ariel, The Lessons of History (Simon & Shuster, New York)1968.
  • 8. Goals of Lesson Today •How do you teach children the lessons of God’s provisions according to Psalm 78? •What are the important elements of a relationship with God? •How are Southern Baptists doing with the instructions given in Psalm 78?
  • 9. Introduction to Psalm 78 •Considered a “historical psalm” because it tells events of Israel’s exodus out of Egypt. •Written during the time of Hosea in the final days of the northern kingdom (8th Century B.C). •King David’s reign was during 10th Century BC. •Written to encourage the passing down to the next generation the deeds of God and his mercy.
  • 10. Psalm 78 “A Maskil of Asaph” •Maskil – Hebrew word for “instructions for godliness” or a “contemplation”. • 12 of the Psalms are titled as a Maskil. •Asaph – leader of one of David’s Levitical choirs from Tribe of Levi. • Descendants of Asaph wrote the later Psalms.
  • 11. Psalm 78:1-3 1 Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth! 2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, 3 things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us.
  • 12. “Parables and dark sayings (riddles, obscure sayings)” •Tools of wisdom teachers that require imagination to unlock their meanings. •Stories with everyday elements that are used to illustrate a spiritual truth. •Jesus taught in parables – 30 recorded in the 3 Synoptic Gospels (common view). •Jesus explained the meaning of some parables.
  • 13. Psalm 78:4 4 We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.
  • 14. Psalm 78:5-6 5 He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, 6 that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children,
  • 15. Psalm 78:7-8 7 so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; 8 and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.
  • 16. How do you teach children? •Incline your ears. •Teach in parables. •Tell the whole story. •Involve the grandparents and older leaders.
  • 17. What do you teach the children about God? Psalm 78:7a&b 7a&b so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, • Children need to be taught about faith. • How do you teach children to have faith? • Psalm 78 indicates that it begins by remembering and teaching what God has done us.
  • 18. New Testament Approach to Faith Galatians 2:20 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. • The relinquished life = crucified with Christ. • The exchanged life = Christ lives in me. • The trusting life = I live by faith.
  • 19. What do you teach the children about God? Psalm 78:7b&c 7b&c and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; • Children need to be taught about obedience to God. • How do you teach obedience? • Does it begin in the home? • Does this begin with teaching children to obey their parents and respect authority?
  • 20. Getting on my Soapbox
  • 21. Dr. John Rosemond – Parenting by Psychology: A Slow Train Wreck •The paradigm shift from “authoritative parenting” to “friendly parenting”. •Parents are trying to be their “child’s friend” and negotiate the child to be happy. •Focus is on the child’s happiness and not on teaching respect and responsibility.
  • 22. John Rosemond on teaching self-esteem to children (Not All Agree!!!!) •Self-esteem = Subjective emotional evaluation of one’s own self-worth. •The higher regard for self, the lower regard for others. •People tested who have very high self-esteem are usually incarcerated because they believe they have rights or are entitled to other’s possessions.
  • 23. Deuteronomy 6 - teaching children about God. Deuteronomy 6:4-6 4 "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
  • 24. Deuteronomy 6 - teaching children about God. Deuteronomy 6:7-9 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
  • 25. The encouragement in Proverbs 22. Proverbs 22:6 6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
  • 26. Summary of Psalm 78:9-31 •God brought you out of Egypt and slavery. •You witnessed many miracles, but you still doubted God. •You sinned even more as you wondered in the wilderness. •God is still merciful to you.
  • 27. Psalm 78:32 32 In spite of all this, they still sinned; despite his wonders, they did not believe.
  • 28. Psalm 78:38-39 38 Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath. 39 He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and comes not again.
  • 29. Psalm 78:72 72 With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.
  • 30. Psalm 103:17-18 17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children, 18 to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.
  • 31. Are we effectively teaching the next generation about God?
  • 32. What has been the unifying theme of Southern Baptists since 1845? Matthew 28:19-20 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” • Fulfilling the Great Commission. • SBC membership in 2016 was 15.2 Million people.
  • 33. Is there a correlation to acceptance of liberal theology and denominational decline? •Dean Kelly (Sociology of Religion). •“If a church does not believe in the full truthfulness of Scripture, the exclusivity of the Gospel and the realities of heaven and hell, it feels no urgency to evangelize.” •Denominational decline always follows doctrinal decline.
  • 34. Thom Rainer – CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources •In 1845 there were 4,126 SBC Churches. •Reported 23,222 baptisms. •Ratio of one baptism per year for every 15 members.
  • 35. The Silent Era for New Churches 1920-1950 • In 1920 there were 27,444 SBC Churches. • In 1949 there were 27,285 SCB Churches. • No growth in number of churches (-159). • However, baptisms increased 93%. • Church membership increased 114%. • Resources depleted after WWI (1914-1918), Great Depression (1929-1939), WWII (1939-1945).
  • 36. Baptisms as a Measure of Growth •1950 SBC had one baptism for every 18 members. •2014 SBC had one baptism for every 51 members. •2016 SBC had one baptism for every 54 members.
  • 37. Baptisms as a Measure of Growth •1972 SBC had a total of 445,725 baptisms. •2014 SBC had a total of 305,301 baptisms. •2016 SBC had a total of 280,773 baptisms.
  • 38. Thom Rainer – Reasons for Decline in Baptisms 1. Decline in “cultural baptisms” – join the church for social and political reasons. 2. Greater economic affluence – less dependence on God. 3. Failure of programmatic evangelism – Programs targeting evangelism have not been successful. 4. Busyness of churches – Focus on other programs.
  • 39. Thom Rainer – Reasons for Decline in Baptisms 5. Busyness of church members – priorities of life. 6. Unbiblical concepts of church membership – what have you done for me lately? 7. Dissension and conflict – disunity in churches. 8. Prayer deficits – Church members not praying for the lost.
  • 40. Baptists believe in “Regenerate Church Membership” •Every member makes a clear profession of faith. •Baptism by immersion. •Church discipline for restoration of members.
  • 41. Baptists believe in “Regenerate Church Membership” • Personal commitment to regularly attend Sunday School, Worship Service and support the church financially. •A congregation of believers who live under the “Lordship of Christ”.
  • 42. Sunday School Attendance •1920 to 1950 Sunday School attendance grew from 1 million to 7 million. •Sunday School attendance lost its influence around 1970. •1972 – 2016 average attendance has remained around 3.6 million to 4.1 million.
  • 43. The Influence of Affluence •Sociologically, religions tend to weaken as wealth increases among its adherents. •However, the average amount given per member has more than doubled from 1968 to 2014. •The level of giving per member has been flat for the last 10 years after adjusting for inflation.
  • 44. Reference
  • 45. Lessons from History – Will and Ariel Durant •Puritanism and paganism alternate in mutual reaction in history. •Religion prevails in periods when the laws are feeble and morals must bear the burden of maintaining social order. •Paganism progresses as the power of government permits the decline of the church, family and morality.
  • 46. Thom Rainer – Where do we go from here? •The SBC has 50,000 churches and missions. •We do not need an improved denomination. •We need healthier churches. •How do we accomplish that reality?
  • 47. Four Characteristics of Healthy Churches 1. A strong biblical foundation – believe in the inerrancy and infallibility of the Scriptures. 2. Intentional in evangelism – sharing the gospel. 3. Getting members in to small groups – Sunday School. 4. Vibrantly intentional about prayer – pray for everyone, even those we don’t like.
  • 48. Six marks of “Great Commission Baptists” 1. Keeping focused on the most important things amid many good things. 2. An awareness that introducing the nations to Jesus is an act of worship to God. 3. Being Christ centered and boasting only in Him.
  • 49. Six marks of “Great Commission Baptists” 4. Never losing sight of the centrality and nature of the gospel. 5. Being consumed with the gospel reaching those who have never heard the name of Jesus. 6. Each person does his or her part to see the mission completed. • Charles Spurgeon said, “Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.”
  • 50. Prayer Request •Southern Baptist Convention meets June 13-14, 2017 in Phoenix.
  • 51. Prayer for the Church Romans 15:5-7 5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
  • 52. Next Sunday Psalm 23 “The Shepherd” Dr. Bill Boteler June 18, 2017 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA
  • 53. The Plan of Hope & Salvation John 3:16 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 14:6 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
  • 54. The Plan of Hope & Salvation Romans 3:23 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 6:23a 23a For the wages of sin is death, • Death in this life (the first death) is 100%. • Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our sins. • The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in Revelation 21:8.
  • 55. The Plan of Hope & Salvation Revelation 21:8 8 “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Romans 5:8 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  • 56. The Plan of Hope & Salvation Romans 6:23b 23b but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Revelation 21:7 7 “The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.” • Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to be conquers.
  • 57. The Plan of Hope & Salvation Romans 10:9-10 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:13 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
  • 58. The Plan of Hope & Salvation If you have questions or would like to know more, Please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at 601-949-1900 or http://firstbaptistjackson.org/contact/
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