Ask anyone who grew up in the Church of Christ to recite a verse from memory and chances decent they will quote Acts 2:38.
“38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Then Peter says something in the next verse that is just as important as anything he said in 2:38, “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
We need to lean as hard into Acts 2:39 as we have leaned into Acts 2:38.
Church, we need to think generationally. We have missed this. We think our congregations will last forever. They started in the 1950s and 1960s and won’t be here in the 2050s and 2060s. I promise you these congregations won’t and will be 99% right on that.
We have to think generationally. What are we doing today to invest in the next generation? This is why we must equip people. We must train people. We must utilize the gifts of the generations in our churches.
This also means we need to connect intergenerationally. Get people together who wouldn’t normally be together. This is one of the strengths of our churches that many other areas of life just don’t offer – old and young can connect.
Then the second thing is that these promises are also for those who are far off. When Peter said that he probably meant the Gentiles and the scattered Jewish people all over the world.
If all we are doing is thinking locally and our generation, we aren’t thinking biblically.
Please consider that. Discuss that with leadership. Start praying and then planning how to work in a generational and international way. It may just be the generations and the nations are already present in your community.