A perpetual challenge exists for fundamental churches and institutions to pass on their convictions; otherwise drift in doctrine and values will take place. In part one of this article, I highlighted five elements for passing on conservative convictions to the next generation. In this article, I will share another five. The 10 elements are based on Biblical principles that will help us pass on our theological convictions and ethical values.
Important Elements for Passing on Convictions
One wrong attitude that will hinder the communication of conservative teaching is pride. Sadly, humility is not often associated with the leaders of fundamental Christianity. The term fundamentalist sometimes conjures visions of arrogant, domineering personalities. While genuine examples of humble servant leadership do exist, many young people have seen leadership characterized only by oppressive arrogance. Instead, conservative Christian leaders should model genuine humility.
On more than one occasion, Jesus’ disciples wrestled with pride and the issue of who would be greatest. Once, after James and John requested places of honor in the Kingdom (Mark 10:36–37), Jesus taught the disciples that greatness comes through service (v. 43): rather than exalting themselves over others, they should display humility and should honor one another through service. In this regard, believers ought to follow the example of Christ, Who came into the world “to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (v. 45), Who washed the disciples’ feet (John 13:5–17), and Who “humbled Himself . . . to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Phil. 2:8). In God’s economy, being great is the result of humility and service, because “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6; cf. Ps. 138:6).