Sunday, May 2, 2021

Responsible Christianity Part 4


Responsible Christianity Part 4
Interpreting Your Legacy
Psalm 71:17b-18

Before passing on, make sure you pass it on by leaving a spiritual legacy.

A Legacy Is:

Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past.

Something that someone has achieved that continues to exist after they stop working or die.

We can’t do anything about the spiritual, social or financial legacy given to us, but we can do something about the legacy we leave for those who follow us.

Our lives are instructive, whether we intend for them to be or not. The key is to be intentional. 

 I.    Acknowledge Your Received Legacy – Your Ancestry - Matthew 1:1-17

·   You can’t control how you came into the world, but you can control how you handle it and pass it on.

·   Today, if we don't intentionally pass on a legacy consistent with our beliefs to our children, our culture will pass along its own, often leading to a negative end.

·   It is important to remember that passing on a spiritual, emotional, and social legacy is a process, not an event.

II.    Acknowledge Your Own Life Legacy – Your Personal History Psalms 139:1-4

·   Don’t try to deny what has helped shape you into the person you are today.

III.    Accept The Responsibility Of Interpreting Your Own Legacy – Your Personal Story Psalms 45:16-17

·   Values are transferred through families.

·   What one generation accepts in toleration the next generation goes to in excess. – Bill Gothard

·   A new interpretation of a legacy will occur with the disclosure and revelation of circumstances and influences on life actions. 

·   “Live Life Backwards

·   When it comes to your legacy, be intentional. Be purposeful. To default on this is to leave future generations without clear life instructions.

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