Welcome to the Ministry to Generation Z course! Before we begin, let’s review the biblical rationale for this course.
For a person of any age and from any generation to come to Christ, that person must first encounter the Gospel in a way that is understood. Saving faith comes through the hearing of the Word of God (Rom 10:17). Every child of every generation must have the opportunity to hear the Word of God, process the truth presented, and then respond. It is not God’s will that one child should perish (Matt 18:14). That includes the children of Generation Z!
Generations are noteworthy in Scripture. The term is used throughout English translations of the Old Testament 167 times using various Hebrew words. The listings of generations serve to connect the patriarchal promises of blessing given to the nation of Israel with the Creator, as well as to future generations and nations that He would bless. God’s redemptive plan unfolds throughout biblical history from generation to generation. Each generation is responsible for teaching the next generation the will and ways of God (Deut 6:1-5; Psalm 78:1-8). Failure to share God’s Word with the next generation is sure to bring devastating results like those described in Judges 2:10-11: “there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord…”
Biblical listings of generations ended with the culminating genealogies of Christ found in Matthew and Luke. As the body of the Messiah formed in the womb of the Virgin Mary, she praised the Lord saying: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation” (Lk 1:46-50).
The success of this course will be rooted in Scripture and credited to the One “who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think… to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Eph 3:20-21).
Reese Kauffman, president of Child Evangelism Fellowship, Inc., recognizes the value of the training you will receive in this online course. You will be blessed by the words of encouragement he shares with you in this short video clip!
Feel free to share your prayer requests and answers to prayer with the rest of the class in this prayer forum throughout the course.