A Kingdom Necessity You Can’t Purchase or Develop Overnight

by | Mar 10, 2022 | Purpose & Identity

Many things in our society, it seems, are geared to the here and now. Every whim and desire known to man is available online through the quick use of your credit card or payment app and is accompanied by the claim (whether real or fabricated) that those desires can be granted sooner than you ever dreamed possible.

It could be anything from weight loss to finding your soulmate to becoming a best-selling author overnight.

But Christian discipleship requires discipline, intentionality and time … not exactly values topping the charts these days.

In a recent conversation, Rabbi Abraham Cooper and I reflected on the Torah and the truth that people are not mass “numbers” to be counted but individual lives, each with value and meaning.

With the next generation of our young people, are we (the church) offering them a worthy alternative to the hollow enticements of this world—or are we lowering our standards, cheapening our message and trying to compete for their souls as mere “numbers,” using the same tactics as those trying to lure them away?

As a leader in the body of Christ who has been discipled and been discipling for close to 40 years, I would like to submit to you three core areas I feel we need to focus on in our quest to disciple the next generation.

The first area is:

1. Discipling the Next Generation in The Word.

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Bishop Robert Stearns is the founder and executive director of Eagles’ Wings, a dynamic relational ministry involved in a variety of outreaches and strategic projects around the world. He has ministered in 30 nations around the world and maintains a significant burden for the United States and for Israel. Visit eagleswings.org. Listen to Robert’s podcast titled People are Not Numbers with Rabbi Abraham Cooper here.

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