Faith to Lead the Next Generation
- Date: November 15, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8)
- From Faith That Prevails
We visited California a while back. I told you how tragic it was, as we drove from San Jose over the hill into Santa Cruz. I have always been excited about seeing the big sign-"Bethany Bible College"-there. I was telling Greer about it as we were coming upon it pretty soon. It was tragic, as we came over; it just said, "Bethany College."
We stopped in, but I couldn't find anybody I knew. There were just all these kids. And so, I started talking to some of them, and every person I talked to was a psych major. They didn't even have psychology as a major when I was there, but we were young people who went there to be taught the Bible. One of my good friends there at Bethany now oversees all of YWAM: Don Stevens. His wife's name was Dion, which is Kimberley's middle name. We would go to their house and fellowship after church. We all went to Kenny Schmidt's church.
What a privilege it was to fellowship with a man like Kenny Schmidt! He was one of the key speakers with the Assembly's of God. He was the top speaker you wanted to come, especially on the subject of eschatology. If you wonder, over the years, why I have taught so much on eschatology, it's because of the influence of Kenny Schmidt-the love of this subject he poured into a number of us. He is the man I told you about, who had the biggest church in the country at that time. It was one of the fastest growing churches in the country, and he walked away from it because God called him to Santa Cruz. He took a church that had just split in half, and still had all kinds of factions in the church. He left what today would have been a mega church (I'll just give you an idea: the average Assembly of God church in that time in the country was barely a hundred people-a huge church was 300-and they were running about 1500). In fact, they had so influenced their city that, when they were going to do something at the public school, the administration would have to call the church office to make sure that there was no conflict. Otherwise, their event at the public school would be empty. Kenny left that in faith, and went to the church there in Santa Cruz. He showed up at the first deacons' meeting. He walks in, and all of these deacons are sitting there (of course, deacons ran the church; the deacons were the most influential men, who had the most money-they were all businessmen, and they ran the church), as Kenny was telling me this story, "I walked in there, and there was a guy sitting at the head of the table; he said, 'Pastor, have a seat.' I turned to the rest of the deacons and said, 'Could you men excuse us for a moment?' They all stepped out; and when they all came back, he was sitting over there, and I was at the head of the table." I was 22 years old. So, if anybody wonders where I got it, blame it on Kenny Schmidt. As he shares these things, and you're imbibing this.
So I'm looking at these kids: they are all psychology students, and your heart breaks. We are not going to leave a weaker generation! By faith, whatever it takes in our fellowship, we are not going to leave a weaker generation. I'm not going to be around that much longer-40 or 50 years at the most. It has been on my heart as I look around us; and I have been asking, "Who is it Father? Who is it? Who are You going to raise up in our midst?" It will be one of the men and women of faith, who will say, "Here am I, Father; send me." This will be one of the men and women like Abraham, who heard the call of God and obeyed. We talked about the missionaries of just a few decades ago (probably a century now, actually) whom we were looking at, men who went out in faith, who didn't have to have guarantees of support, many of them went out knowing (as we had shared) that they were likely to lose their wives within six months, that they were probably going to lose at least one child on the field. As you are seated here tonight think about that: to obey the voice of God will cost you one of your children. Are you going? Will you go?
How can we not? How can we not obey the voice of God? "Without faith it is impossible to please Him" (Hebrews 11:6). I ask that question just to sober us up; because, very frankly, some of us think we are people of faith, and that we trust God. Really? You see, I have been around people who trust God. Some of us here need to make some changes, starting with me. "When the Son of Man cometh, will He find faith on the earth" (Luke 18:8)? Yes, You will because "as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD". Is that your attitude?