All people sit in one of three chairs: we know God (a first generation faith), we know about God (a second generation faith) or they don't know God or even about God (third generation).
Listen as Rev. Clark Chilton leads through Joshua 26, Judges 2 and Genesis to learn more about these generational handoffs and how God wants all people to sit "in the first chair".
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so last week we heard about generational um handoffs we just all saints sunday it was time to hear about uh those who've gone before us and how what we have as christians is really given to us by generations before us a great cloud of witnesses that what we believe in the gospel is nothing new uh but it is our turn and every day is our turn to be the church just as the generations before us have done and today what what happens is the generational handoffs every single one is that once it gets handed off to you uh you want you maybe you went with mama to church when you're a child and what have you and and you grew up into it and here's what happens it either becomes yours it crystallizes it becomes personal it's it's your faith it's not grandma's faith it's yours now or what happens is you do the post-modern thing is where you say well that was their truth that was their understanding but now i have mine and therefore uh and that's okay because that's a good place to start it's a good place to start it's not a great place to to end the life of faith to really be living a life of faith based on maybe how you understood jesus as a child or you've watched jesus from a distance or you've engaged with christianity from through proxy through other people through other generations and you essentially remember the version of jesus you left off with if that's you you remember sort of middle school jesus maybe you went to youth camp and we had soda and we played crazy games and and someone threw cheetos at somebody or whatever and that was your understanding of jesus or maybe it was youth camp jesus and we sang songs around a fire and uh we had a good time or it was i'm enduring church in a pew jesus and i can't wait to get out of here uh you know we all have those things that we left maybe you left off that version of jesus when you were a kid and and maybe now you're becoming an adult a lot of adults do that when you start to have children you want to get back into church and things like that and that's great but that's that's what we almost would call second generation faith i've got three chairs up here first second and third and then many people i believe we're all in one of these three chairs we are in the first generation faith where we have we own it we we know god we know jesus we want to follow him with all of our lives you have the second generation seat which is i know of god it was my grandma it was it was important to her so i would go so you know the things of god but you don't really know christ and then there's the third generation chair which is like you don't even know what you don't know you you don't even know the things of god or you haven't admit even have a memory of the things of god not a judgment but all people are in one of those three places so it begs a big bigger question of how do people in general move from a chair to a chair what moves you from a three to a two what what what causes your faith to become personal that you would move from two to one what what is it that happens in a metaphysical way that you can't see that makes it become a first generation faith not an inherited faith well we're going to take a little journey through the bible as you would expect in church and we're going to be going through the book of joshua we're going to go to judges and then we're going to go to genesis so if you brought your bible you can open up to joshua 24 it will also be on the screen and we're going to start our journey there