T.H.R.I.V.E 2023

What does the Bible say about thriving?

The Bible is filled with the importance of thriving.

  • Psalm 92:12 promises, The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree.”
  • Proverbs 11:28 Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.

Love God – You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory Psalm 63:1-2

This is the essence of what it means to love God: to be satisfied in him. In him — not just His gifts, but God himself, as the glorious Father that He is! – “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple”
Psalm 27:4.

Love People – 1 Corinthians 13:4–8a Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.

Love to Serve – Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

To serve wholeheartedly is to serve willingly and joyfully because we do it as if we “were serving the Lord.” Service is not done for recognition by others or for the honor that organizations may bestow. We serve because Christ first served us by giving his life “as a ransom for many” Matthew 20:28. (WITHOUT JUDGING).

Change: make (someone or something) different; alter or modify.

  1. Q. What does change look like?
  2. Q. Why should we change?

Psalm 27:4 ESV – One thing have I asked of the… | Biblia
One thing have I asked of the LORD,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of…

  1. Q. Why is change so difficult?
  2. Q. What happens when we don’t change?

What is a Generation?

A group of people born around the same time and raised around the same place. People in this birth cohort exhibit similar characteristicspreferences, and values over their lifetimes.

Generation Names and Dates
·       The Greatest Generation (GI Generation): Born 1901–1924.
·       The Silent Generation: Born 1928–1945.
·       Baby Boom Generation: Born 1946–1964.
·       Generation X: Born 1965–1980.
·       Millennial Generation or Generation Y: Born 1981–1996.
·       Generation Z or iGen: Born 1997–2015 – makes up 22% of the U.S. population and 38% of the world’s population

What Do We Mean by Generational Differences?

Generation differences or generational gap is a difference of opinions between one generation beliefs, politics, or values.

Q. Did you know that Gen Zers abandoned Facebook
Why? Because it’s deemed “too old.”
Gen Z is more focused on the quality of their friendships and social connections than their metrics. They use social connection apps like Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram and YouTubeSlack orIslands to connect privately with people who share their empathy, fondness for one another rather than broadcast opinions publicly. They do this to stay connected with peers and to find information and entertainment.

Technology and social platforms are important in their everyday lives. If the church isn’t there among them, then the ROCK CHURCH is going to be left behind reaching them.
Gen-Z Is About to Outnumber Millennials. Here’s How That Will Affect the Business World

In 2019, Gen-Z will surpass Millennials as the largest generation, and early indicators show they are about to shake things up.

 Q. What is a way for the church to reach this generation and others?  It is finding a way to tap into their desire for true authenticityand deep meaningful connection (WITHOUT JUDGING).

Q. What is Gen Z looking for in a church?
Their need for communitysecuritycompassion without being judged as they look for connection within the Church Community.

Q. How do we at Rock Church begin to meet those needs?
Rock Church membership has an amazing opportunity to demonstrate genuine Christian love that is rooted in truthcharity and grace (WITHOUT JUDGING).

Q. How do we at Rock Church bridge the generation gap within the church and inspire Generations Z?

Five ways for us to engage and motivate Generation Z

1.    Provide a safe place where they can be heard, be accepted, as we all come to worship together within the Church (WITHOUT JUDGING).
2.    Respect the independence of their generation, by communicating the way young members need you to communicate (WITHOUT JUDGING).
3.    Practice being quick to learn, by listening to them and not dismissing what they are saying (WITHOUT JUDGING).
4.    Recognize their gifts and talents – and having a willingness to work with them (WITHOUT JUDGING).
5.    Being sincere in creating new culture opportunities with initiatives for development and empowerment  (WITHOUT JUDGING)

Regardless of whether there are major differences between generations, problems can arise especially when perpetuating negative stereotypes of generations are casted upon one another!