Pass the Baton

2012 Doxology and Theology

What would happen if we were intentional about passing biblical values for corporate worship to the next generation? In this 65-minute session from the 2012 Doxology and Theology Conference, Bob Kauflin uses Psalm 78 to outline four important areas to remember as you pass biblical values for corporate worship to the next generation.

Bob is Director of Sovereign Grace Music where he oversees the production of albums and equips pastors and musicians in theology and the practice of congregational worship. He is also a vocalist, songwriter, producer, former pastor, and the author of Worship Matters.

Psalm 78:1-8 (ESV)

Tell the Coming Generation

A Maskil of Asaph.

1Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;

incline your ears to the words of my mouth!

2I will open my mouth in a parable;

I will utter dark sayings from of old,

3things that we have heard and known,

that our fathers have told us.

4We will not hide them from their children,

but tell to the coming generation

the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,

and the wonders that he has done.

5He established a testimony in Jacob

and appointed a law in Israel,

which he commanded our fathers

to teach to their children,

6that the next generation might know them,

the children yet unborn,

and arise and tell them to their children,

7so that they should set their hope in God

and not forget the works of God,

but keep his commandments;

8and 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.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Using Psalm 78, Bob outlined four things to keep in mind as we pass on biblical values of corporate worship to the next generation:

  1. COMMAND: We are commanded to tell the coming generations... (v. 4)
  2. CONTENT: Of the glorious deeds of the Lord... (v. 4)
  3. PURPOSE: So that, the coming generations would hope in and obey God (v. 7).
  4. WARNING: And, we warn them of the rebellious hearts of their fathers (v. 8).

Bob described the 400-year legacy of Asaph and challenged us to take serious the command to tell the coming generations about the glory of God (v. 4). Does that motivate you or intimidate you? Are you intentional about coordinating and attending multi-generational gatherings?
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When have you assumed that the coming generation already knows about the glory of God? How do you share the biblical story that culminates in the wonder of Christ in your services? (v. 4)
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How has hope in God shaped your life? How have His wonders compelled you to obey? (v. 7)
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How do you want your generation to be remembered? What does it look like to be steadfast and faithful in your ministry? (v. 8)
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Though we are commanded to be faithful to proclaim the glory of God to the coming generations, we may never see the fruit of our labor. Bob concluded with an encouraging quote from Os Guinness:

”It is not for us to say what we have accomplished. It is not for us to spell out what our legacy has been. Indeed, it is not even for us to know. Only the Caller can say, only the last day will tell, only the final ‘well done’ will show what we have really done.”

May we be steadfast and faithful for an audience of One.

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