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Summary: This sermon is a prophetic message to third generation Christians whose parents and grandparents were beleivers and is a challenge to the third generation Christians to follow the faith of their forefathers and to complete the unfinished task of world evangelism in their generation.

A PROPHETIC MESSAGE TO THIRD GENERATION CHRISTIANS

OUTLINE

1. ELEVATION - EXTENSION - ENLARGEMENT

2. EXAMPLE - ENCOURAGEMENT - ENVIRONMENT

3. EXPECTATION - ENTANGLEMENT - ERRORS

4. ENCOUNTER - EXPERIENCE - ENLIGHTENMENT

5. EXAMINATION - ENDURANCE - ENERGY

6. ENDEAVOURS - EXPLOITS - EXPRESSIONS

7. EXCELLENCE - ESTABLISHMENT - ENDING

THE MESSAGE

1. ELEVATION - EXTENSION - ENLARGEMENT

Genesis 47:27 (quickview)  I Chronicles 22 (quickview) : 14-16 John 14:12 (quickview) 

The Third generation Christians have a distinct

advantage and privilege in that they start life in

an elevated and high level because they are standing on

the labours and foundations of their forefathers.In a

human pyramid when three persons are standing on the shoulders

of the others, the person standing at the top

of the other two is in a higher level and can see further

than the other two.God promised Abraham that his generation

would be like the sand of the sea. But he

himself witnessed only a partial fulfillment of the

promise and saw only a few members of his family before

his death.But his grandson Jacob saw more members of his

family than Abraham.Thus a third generation Christian

is in a higher elevation than his forefathers as he is

standing on their shoulders.Also a third generation

Christian often only has to extend the work of his

forefathers and does not have do the labour from the

beginning. Solomon only had to build the temple as

David had already gathered the materials and workmen.A

third generation Christian can also enlarge the work of

his forefathers as more opportunities and facilities and

resources are available. Jesus predicted that his

disciples will do greater work than him. Today a single

television broadcast can reach millions with the gospel

which is more than what Jesus reached during his ministry

on the earth.This is an enormous privilege and responsi-

bility on us.

2. EXAMPLE - ENCOURAGEMENT - ENVIRONMENT

2 Tim 1: 5 I Kings 2 (quickview) : 2-3 Proverbs 3 (quickview) : 33

A third generation Christian has an example to follow

in his forefathers whereas a first generation Christian

does not have that spiritual example in his

non-christian parents. Also a third generation Christian

often has the encouragement from his family to grow in

his spiritual life. He also grows in an environment of

prayer and the blessing of God.

3. EXPECTATION - ENTANGLEMENT - ERRORS

I Sam 20:31-32 I kings 2 (quickview) : 5-9 Gen 16:12

There are some disadvantages and pressures in having

forefathers of spiritual stature. There is a pressure

on them to come up to the expectations of the society

and their mistakes and failures are often treated as a

scandal. Saul was putting pressure on Jonathan to be

the next king and help destroy David. Also A third

generation Christian often is involved in the problems

and activities of his forefathers . David instructed

Solomon to execute vengeance on his enemies.Also a third

generation Christian often has to face the consequences

of the errors of his forefathers.The generation of

Abraham had to suffer the consequences of his mistake

in creating Ismael and his generation. Till today there


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