1 Corinthians 12:25
So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
On Sunday, Pastor Dan Clemens in his sermon talked about how important generations are to the Lord. A generation is a group or cohort that has shared major event experiences in their lifetimes.
At the time of Jesus there were 300 million people in the world. Today there are 7.7 billion. The world currently sees 3 births to every 1 death. For perspective, just living in the region of Covington, Kentucky to Dayton, Ohio there are 2.2 million people.
It used to be, 100 years ago, that there were really only about three generations living at one time. Now it's up to five generations for some. People are living longer — the average is 78.8 years.
"We're growing up at different times," Pastor Dan said. He talked about being born in 1953, remembering things such as Elvis being alive, when televisions debuted, the day President Kennedy was killed, and being worried about his number being picked in the Vietnam War draft.
Those were anxieties of his time. People not old enough to remember those things have lives shaped differently — we're shaped by the events we experience, and those depend on when and where we were born.
God is interested in multi-generations
God has always had a multi-generational plan. The Bible has always been a multi-generational book. God says the relationship He has with you is multi-generational: Each generation has its own mission or vision God has given to it.
From the sermon:
• Each generation needs to serve the other
• We are to have equal concern for others
• It makes all of the church body richer to have diversity of experience
• There should be no division in the body — its parts should have equal concern for the other parts
Mutual love and concern creates one body of Christ to be a witness in the community.
Listen to the full sermon on the FBC Hamilton podcast.