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What Is The 787 Generation?

Discipling The Next Generation!

My wife and I stepped out faithfully to fulfill God’s assignment given to us. In 2015 my wife introduced me to Psalm 78. That would come to identify what we now refer to as the 787 generation. But it is not just one generation like Gen. Z., Millennials, Baby Boomers, or Baby Busters. It is the generation of current children and youth and the generation to come.

I want to identify what that generation should look like due to obeying the command found in Psalm 78:5. Our goal is to see a generation that will walk humbly with the Lord and not be like the Ephraimites and turn back when it is their time to pick up the mantle and fight. While I believe and teach that children can do almost anything we adults can do, they still need to be discipled.

The Failure to Disciple A Generation

When I was growing up, I heard my father-pastor speak of the teenagers of that day as different and more challenging to reach than his generation. Sociologists, theologians, and teachers will try to argue many reasons as to why this was the case. They referred to them as a rebellious generation. There were the Vietnam War protests and the ‘hippie movement’ of the sixties.

Yet, many of today’s church leaders came out of that rebellion, and others went on to bring a dark stain on that generation. When it was my time to graduate high school, we were expected to do great exploits.

But, turning the world upside down for Jesus was not something placed upon us by leaders, teachers, and even parents. I know most people aren’t supposed to be in full-time ministry, but regardless we are supposed to be like the early disciples and turn the world upside down for Jesus. As a result, many left the church in mine and the following generations.

We have seen this problem worsen. Why? Again we can point to many reasons. Yes, society pulls on our children and us to follow a different path. Students are raised in church and Christian homes, and when they make it to college, they receive a plethora of worldly teachings that shake their spiritual foundations.

Soon they find themselves coming out as atheists, agnostics, or practicing new age, gnostic beliefs and practices. Why? Perhaps they were not properly discipled. They were not grounded in the word of God. If I had not been rooted and grounded in the Word, I would have quickly fallen sway to secular, worldly ideas and became someone with a philosophical mind devoid of anything resembling the Jesus of the Bible.

Sadly we see this now occurring in the Church. Preaching is just moral practice and not the cross of Christ. Worship has become a conundrum in Rock and Roll performances or a mini-concert. It seems that Sunday morning has become full of idolatrous practices. The doctrine of Balaam has begun to take hold of us in this hour. We need to disciple every generation.

Psalm 78:5-8 He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel,

which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children that the next generation might

know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children,

so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God,

but keep his commandments; 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.

Three Things God Established For Future Generations

  • Established a Testimony In Jacob- By establishing a testimony in Jacob, he was able to pass it to his children and their children his parents and grandparents imparted to him. God established his covenant with Abraham and renewed it with Isaac and Jacob. Like Abraham and Isaac, Jacob had a life-changing encounter. Future generations also had encounters that would make God more personal to that generation. Thus, the testimony or witness was established and meant to carry over to each generation.
  • A Law In Israel- Yes, YHWH gave the law to Moses. We still keep the ten commandments as gentiles (nations). The law would point to a New and Better Covenant through Jesus, which would be less cumbersome and allow us freedom from sin. The law was not meant to be burdensome, but we make it that way in how we obey Jesus’ commands. I feel that is why many leave the church. They never have a real relationship with the master.
  • The Command To Teach Children, Now and unborn. What will we teach them? I have no grandchildren, but I have trained, discipled, and equipped my children to teach their children. If we don’t ground the current generation in the word, we will lose them.

Six Things To Teach Children, Now and Future

Set Their Hope In God

The Children of Israel failed to keep their hope in God alone. They often turned to the gods of the nations around them. When the enemy came knocking on the door, bringing oppression, they were weak and forgot what God did for them in the past.

We are like the Children of Israel. We are ok, but when sickness or other traumatic event occurs, we let fear or depression seize us. We forget that God supplied all of our needs supernaturally last week and that He is still the healer. We live in a world with so many conveniences we tend not to trust God but what we can do ourselves.

Part of discipleship comes by demonstrating faith when situations of life arise. The younger generations need to see their parents or the older generations demonstrate ‘hope in God’ and God alone to develop solid faith and not lose heart and turn back.

Not Forget The Works Of God

The Children of Israel watched as God delivered them from a hot furnace of affliction. He bore them on eagle’s wings and eventually drove out the nations in Canaan right in front of them. Yet, one generation died in the wilderness because of short memory. They complained and grumbled, not remembering what God was capable of doing.

We have all seen God demonstrate His power in our lives. Just being born again is a miracle in itself. Yet, we forget that one miracle. We don’t testify enough of how the God of the Universe can live inside we weak humans. He has done so much in mine and many others’ lives; how can we forget Him and His marvelous works. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to teach the next generation what God has done for us and what He will do for them.

Keep His Commands

Jesus commanded us to keep His commands, and further in the Great Commission, He commanded us to teach them. But, sadly, most millennials and Gen Zers don’t know what the Great Commission is or what it means.

God gave the law to protect the Israelites from worshipping the gods of the nations around them. The law was to help them enjoy God. Over time they made it cumbersome, and many rebelled. It seems that goes on in the church today. Jesus made it easy to follow Him. But what we put man’s traditions and expectations in place, so our youth find it cumbersome and fall away. We fail to teach what Jesus commanded.

Not To Be Like The Previous Generations

This is talking about not following the mistakes of those that have gone before us. I grew up, and a lot of religion still surrounds me. But, they are man’s traditions and not God’s commands. We do many things because it looks good and we get results for a season. But, when the season is over and God is ready to do something different, we keep doing the same old thing.

I have been a part of some major revival movements in my life. Thankfully they weren’t like previous generations. But, as God pours out His Spirit on future generations, I am sure it will not look like ours. Thank goodness, because we want it to look like what we think, but generation 787 kids and youth want to experience God uniquely. God doesn’t change, but how He reveals Himself to each successive generation may look different.

A Generation With Steadfast Hearts

A steadfast heart is fixed and unmovable. We need to teach our youth to have their spiritual eyes fixed on Jesus and not move from that place. In Numbers 22-25, we read about Balaam’s prophecy and how he taught the Midianites to entice the Israelite men to go after Moabite and Midianite women and serve their gods.

A man named Phinehas was zealous and had a steadfast heart. He was jealous for what God was jealous for. He ended the plague brought on as a result of the sins of the Israelite men by impaling a Simeonite man along with his Midianite accomplice. Where are the Phinehas’ in the young generations who will stand and throw the spear and stop the plague of impending judgment coming from heaven?

Faithful To God

Let’s face it, Israel and Judah were not faithful to God. That is why they suffered and had to leave the land. Yet, God still loved them and kept His covenant. Even today, Israel is unfaithful to God. It is a secular Jewish state with those practicing Judaism in a set of religious traditions void of what God desires.

We are raising a generation to be faithful to God in every circumstance. We will not shrink back, and we want a generation that will remain true to God and His word, even though we see many doing the opposite. Being faithful to God means avoiding doctrines of demons, not denying Jesus even under persecution, and continuing to love God first and humankind second as oneself.

Pray And Participate

Prayer is foundational to everything we do as believers. We need it more than ever for the 787 Generation as they are confronted with so many voices vying for their attention. If we don’t pray, their eyes will be blinded to the gospel. Already the world has claimed many young lives through New Age practices, CRT, LGBT+, and other religions. They are confusing our children.

We need your prayers as we seek to reach parents and youth who are bombarded with false information telling them how they should go. But unfortunately, Disney, Hollywood, the schools, and all sorts of media are more than ever reaching our children.

Will you do your part by praying and help us to reach this generation before it is too late? Now is the time, not later. The gospel is the only answer to take back this and future generations. Get involved at your church or ministry. Start Bible clubs this summer to reach the youth who need the hope you have. Do something, don’t let another generation be lost to the world’s ways.

Thank you, and God Bless you.

Published by Joseph Floyd

I am a disciple of Christ, Husband, Father of 3 grown daughters. My wife and have a heart for the nation's and we long to see every nation worshipping Jesus around the throne. I enjoy writing, languages, international culinary of all kinds, travel, gardening, and cooking. My goal is to see the church and the nations prepared for the King's return, Jesus Christ.

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