Regeneration in the Service
What is meant by regeneration here is the effort to prepare the next generation to continue the ministry or Christian fellowship in accordance with the vision and mission of God.
Why should we need to think about, even the labors of regeneration?
The trend change of generations can lead to spiritual decline. If they do not know God and His deeds, and they will do evil in God’s eyes (left God and turned to other gods).
In the book of Judges 2:10-11, says: “After the whole army was gathered to his fathers, rise up after them another generation, who did not know the Lord or His deeds done for Israel. Then the children of Israel did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and their worship of Baal. They abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers who brought them out of Egypt, and followed other gods, from among the gods of the nations around them, and worshiped him, so they offend the Lord “.
Good regeneration does not happen by itself. Necessary and appropriate effort, due to the change of generations without any regeneration efforts are good: The churches will be just a tradition. The Guild formerly advanced, slowly will be backed up, then die, even out there who deviate from the truth of the Bible. Regeneration is necessary to maintain continuity of service / message of the gospel and keep the quality of care. It needs hard work, struggle and perseverance.
The Lord Jesus used most of the time (3.5 years) of his ministry to build His disciples so they could continue the ministry after he left (Mark 3:14-15).
Through it, the Lord Jesus has given the example and testimony to the faithful and the right strategy. In the Bible there are many examples and good teaching that regeneration is necessary. Example: Moses prepared Joshua, Elijah, Elisha prepare, prepare Timothy and Paul advised Timothy to prepare for another, for regeneration (2 Timothy 2:2). Regeneration is good not only for continuity of service, but also for the proliferation of services to all ethnic groups could be a disciple of Christ, a growing population could be served.
How does the principle of good regeneration?
Regeneration in service starting from rebirth or new life (John 3:3, 5; 2 Corinthians 5:17). In the New Testament, we see the hypocritical Christianity became a stumbling block to the nations who do not know God. The new birth is a change that is done by the Holy Spirit. Given a new heart and spirit (Ezekiel 36:26-27). Therefore, Jesus emphasized the importance of a new born! An event in the new creation in our spirit (‘inner being’).
Without the new birth, regeneration will not occur either in the service / fellowship.
It can lead to changes in nature, so just activity or tradition and produce a Christian who is not qualified. In order to place of birth is essential to the preaching of the gospel of quality, so the resulting conversion and communion as the early church (Acts 2:38-47). Regeneration will fail if we neglect evangelism efforts.
Good regeneration efforts need any coaching / discipleship is good! The new birth is not enough. There should be efforts to their growth and maturation.
The characteristics of good coaching include: To whom we give guidance (John 2:24-25), in order to forward it to others (2 Timothy 2:2), so that is not in vain (Matthew 7:6), based on criteria (2 Timothy 2:2), high priority, the intensive (Mark 3:14-15).
An example of the Lord Jesus with His disciples over 3.5 years, Paul and Timothy is more than 10 years. Similarly, Moses and Joshua, and Elijah and Elisha. Resulting in transfer of a deep and complete, especially things that are difficult that is through the unity of life, there is also a role model in life than words, and the importance of many interactions for evaluation, awareness, remind, reinforce, motivate, and life is transparent. Coaching that are instant and shallow will destroy regeneration.
Regeneration targets are: There is a change concepts or values (knowledge), the occurrence of a change in attitude (attitude) relating to changes in affective, ‘feeling’, and character, and the occurrence of a change in actions and habits. Regeneration does not happen by itself, but it needs hard work and perseverance and faithfulness. And only the hard work will reap with cheer (Psalm 126:5).