2Generation After Generation Generations come and go and differ greatly (Eccl. 1:4)Generations are defined by inward character and outward circumstancesGeneration “gaps” exist only when godly principles are not passed down
3The Disrespectful Generation Some children are disrespectful to their parents (v.11)Parents should make this a priority as God does (Ex. 20:12; 21:17; Deut. 21:18-21; Prov. 20:20; 23:22; 30:17; 1 Tim. 5:4,8)Disobedient children sin (Rom. 1:30; Tim. 3:2)These need to learn honor (Eph. 6:1-4)
4The Self-Righteous Generation Some believe they are pure and right regardless of how they live (v.12)God’s standard, not man’s standard shows one to be pure (Prov. 16:2,25; 20:9; 21:2; Jer. 2:22-23,35; 10:23)Self-righteousness is self-blinding (Mt. 15:14; Lk. 18:11; Rom. 2:19; Rev. 3:17-18)The need to learn repentance (Acts 3:19)
5The Proud GenerationSome believe they are better than others and God himself (v.13)God hates pride (Prov. 6:16-17; 8:13; 21:4)The high will be brought low (Prov. 16:18; 18:12; 29:23; Dan. 4:30-33; Jas. 4:6)These need to learn humility (1 Pet. 5:6)
6The Violent Generation Some turn to cruelty, oppression, and violence to get their way (v. 14)God’s way is not the way of violence (Lk. 3:14; Mt. 5:39; 26:52)Violence is a sin (Jas. 2:6; 5:5-6)They need to learn gentleness, peace, and compassion (Gal. 5:22-23)
7A Chosen GenerationSome refuse to be led by the world; they are a generation chosen of God (1 Pet. 1:1; 2:9)They obey the truth (1:22)They show forth God’s virtue (2:10)
8Our Generation? A generation who knows not God (Judg. 2:10) A crooked generation (Acts 2:40)What kind of generation will we prove to be?