Legacy  28/01/14

                1. Introduction

                Gen.13:15 " Lift up your eyes now and look from the place where you are….for all the land that you

              see, I will give to you and your descendants forever"

                God is an intergenerational God…He thinks and plans generationally.

                God intended the inheritance that was given to Abraham to be cultivated and passed on

                God even established laws that ensuring inheritance was restored if it was lost. Lev.25

                Both Old and New Testament abound in references to legacy.

                The process of passing on spiritual inheritance is called discipleship 2Tim.2:2


                2. Legacy: what is it?

                Dt.29:29 "The secret things belong to The Lord, but those things that are revealed belong to us  and our

              children forever, that we may do all the words of the Law.

                God establishes and builds His Kingdom by revelation…whatever He reveals to us ISPs to change that

             way we live and to be a legacy to be passed on generationally


                2.1 Definition:

                Legacy is anything that is handed down from the past as a gift to us

                Legacy can be tangible…money, property, buildings, accomplishments

                Legacy can be intangible….wisdom, values, beliefs, experiences

                Revelation…things that are revealed to us by the Spirit of God are eternal in nature and are intended to

              benefit us personally and also for the benefit of others.


                2.2 Spiritual legacy

                Truths that God reveals are intended to change that way that we live our life

                Revelation is not just for us , it is for successive generations

                Jesus lived his life with the vision of a legacy left for all generations to come


                2.3 Generational building

                The next generation can freely receive what the previous generation built by their efforts, sacrifice, and

                hard work.

                The next generation must pay the price to build on, and enlarge what they receive.

                Gods intention is that we give the next generation a head start…they build upon our shoulders


                2.4 Legacy is for descendants

                Children= OT 1129…. Builder of the family name

                Every believer is called to be a builder….to advance the Kingdom of God.

                God gifts all believers with spiritual gifts  with this in mind 1Cor.12:7

                Every believer is called to build our heavenly… fathers family. Sons are builders!

                Relationship is foundational to  legacy natural and spiritual

                You build upon what you have received from being spiritually fathered


                2.5 Legacy can be lost

                Gen.25:34 "…sold his birthright to Jacob….thus Esau despised his birthright"

                Gen.27:34" …he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father..Bless me - me

              also oh my father"

                Financial legacies can by easily lost by neglect or poor management

                Spiritual legacy can be despised and traded away when it's value is not recognized.

                Many fail to recognize and value the legacy passed on by natural and spiritual parents

                They enjoy the blessing but fail to honor the source and build upon what they have been given.

                Loss of legacy can lead to great bitterness and grief (Esau)


                3. Movements of God in history

                Acts3:21 " heaven must receive(Christ) until the times of restoration of all things which God has

              spoken by the mouth of all His prophets since the world began"

                3.1 Revivals

                Progressively through history God has brought revivals. In all the major revivals truth was restored to

              the church.

                Eg. Martin Luther 1500s ,

                      Anabaptists. 1700s,

                      John Wesley1800s

                      Pentecostals 1906,

                     Laying on of hands 1948

                     Charismatic Movement 1960s

                Christians paid a price to receive and live out those truths.

                Many  were tortured and put to death for the very truths that we can accept so very freely

                Eg. Salvation by faith, water baptism by immersion, baptism in the Spirit

                We need to see what God is doing in our hour and build forward upon the sacrifice of previous

              generations of believer


                3.2  Restoration

                Eph.4:11 "and he himself gave some apostles, some prophets, some,evangelists, and some pastors and

              teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of



             Progressively in the last 50-60 years there has been a restoration and emphasis of different ministries to

            the Body of Christ

                1950s   Evangelists

                1960s   Pastors

                1970s.  Teachers

                1980s.   Prophets

                1990s.   Apostles

                The next great move in the 21st Century is the day of the saints.

                God is moving to release his people into the community to bring Heaven to earth in the different

              mountains of culture

                It means change! It means activating the people of God into their callings

                The church is not the kingdom….it is a community that prepares people to represent Christ and to

               advance his kingdom

                Problems arise when believers:

                    a) think the church is the kingdom

                    b) think they have fulfilled Gods requirements  by attending church

                    c) become consumers expecting Church  to meet all their needs

                    d) consume the legacy won by the lives of others instead of being productive and advancing .


                4. What God has Built into Us

                The things that God has built into our lives over years become our spiritual DNA and legacy

                It is made up of the seen and the unseen. What is seen are the blessings and river of gods favor and life

               that flows out to touch many

                What is unseen is what is built into our life over years choosing to respond to God


                4.1 Inward Motivation (Unseen)

                Matt.6:33 "Seek first the Kingdom of God…."



                4.2 External ministry     (Seen)

                 Luke 4:18 the Spirit of The Lord is upon me…"

                 The ministry flow to others that comes from the secret life with God

                 We paid a price for this to be built into our lives….a price to obtain and to hold and build

                 It didn't just happen! We made choices some big, but most small and daily.

                 We received from men of god and build upon what we received and enlarged it

                 Cf. Matt.25:8-9 " the virgins….go and buy from them that sell"… pay the price


                4.3 Dimensions of the Spirit that we carry

                      Praise and worship                           Deliverance and healing

                    Strong prayer                                    Developing the spirit man

                    Hearing the voice of God                 Spiritual Warfare

                    Faith                                                 Global missions

                      Prophetic ministry                           Grace/generosity

                      Father heart of  God.                        Kingdom Authority


                5. Personal Application

                 1. What has the Holy Spirit been speaking to you about in this session?

                 2. What have you received by way of a natural legacy? Eg. From family?

                 3. How are you building this into your life?

                 4. What have you received as a spiritual legacy from other believers?

                 5. How are you developing this, and passing it on to others?

                 6.  What sacrifices have you made to hold and develop spiritual legacy?