CURRENT SERIES – Destination… Forward pt. 1
Dr. Bryan E. Crute, Founder/Senior Pastor
Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church
3 introductory verses:
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
- This is the foundation scripture for Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church, when it first started——- and continues to be.
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.’” Exodus 14:15 (ESV)
- Moses cried out to God out of frustration because he reached his limit and didn’t know what to do next.
- Imagine God saying to you these words.
[PAUL] “…one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before,I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13b-14 (ASV)
- Another Biblical reference to moving forward. Another reminder to move forward.
Destiny’s vision is develop generationally-minded Christians_ who live passionately to shape the culture for God’s glory.
In moving forward, I become generationally minded as I …
- Identify the people in my generation. (“Who?”)
The Saduccees (who don’t believe in resurrection) posed question to Jesus to try to catch Jesus up and disprove him:
“But as to the resurrection of the dead—have you never read what was said to you by God, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead but of the living! And when the throng heard it, they were astonished and filled with glad amazement at His teaching.” Matthew 22:31-33 (AMP)
You need to know how to see your generation. A generation in the Bible was roughly 40 years.
What does your family’s generational profile look like? Look across a 40-year span and who is the eldest and youngest in your family covering that generational profile?
Natasha’s Family Profile: 80 years old (40 years my senior, which would be my paternal grandmother) to newborn (or yet to be conceived this year–which is 40 years my junior). I of course am thinking even older than the 40 years because I have relatives older than 80, like my maternal grandmother. But this calculation puts things in perspective.
Now calculate yours.
Destiny Metropolitan turns 20 this year.
The church has members as young as 6 weeks old and as old as 80+ years.
Consider the generations around the world so far that we have tracked:
The Greatest Generation
Ages in 2015: 88-100
The Silent Generation
Ages in 2015: 70-87
Ages in 2015: 51-69
Ages in 2015: 35-50
The group Pastor Crute wished he was a part of, but he was over by one year, which makes him a Baby Boomer.
Ages in 2015: 18-34
- The most researched group of all groups. Will outnumber Baby Boomers
- Mark Zuckerberg is part of this generation
Ages in 2015: 17 and younger
- Called “digital natives” because they have no idea what life was like without high tech like smart devices.
- Multiracial children highest group in Gen Z. They celebrate diversity. They grow up with other races so they don’t see same issues as Civil Rights pioneers did and do.
- This is a generation you can’t coddle and micromanage.
- They do their research through social media.
- They communicate through emojis emojis and emoticons.
- Their friends are global so best friends may not be next door, but a plane flight away.
- They don’t like being tracked, so turn off GPS-tracking on phone.
Forget everything you think you know about Millenials when trying to compose an analysis of Gen Z’ers
TEDTalk “What adults can learn from kids”
Futurists and social researchers are being hired by companies today to provide outlook for next 20 years to predict buying power of future consumers (Generation Z)
School system largely failing because it’s stuck in agricultural economy and teaching style that hasn’t caught up to high tech children who are bored and disconnected (who the system lackadaisically labels as special needs)
Is your perspective like Jesus?
Look at what Jesus said about children and his expectation of his disciples to allow children to come see him. Jesus knew that children are more receptive than adults. He knew that you have to reach out to the children to build the Kingdom.
If you aren’t thinking about younger generations and those yet born, then you’re not doing your job. Think of the Great Commission. Your generational focus should be 40 years ahead of you and 40 years after. Look at your age and add 40 (to capture the generations before you) and deduct 40 years from your age (to capture those younger than you) and that’s where your focus should be. Start with your own family and then branch out.
If we’re to be generationally-minded then we must first start with thinking and living like Jesus—connect beyond our thinking of it just being about “me”, and realize that is must be about “us”. If you leave out the younger generations and the older generations, then you failed.