All the way back in Israel's history...there was a practice that we in the church today sure do need to resurrect. It was known as "Teach them to your Sons".
"These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead." Deuteronomy 6:6-8 NASB
“You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." Deuteronomy 11:18-20 NASB
“Now therefore, write this song for yourselves, and teach it to the sons of Israel; put it on their lips, so that this song may be a witness for Me against the sons of Israel." Deuteronomy 31:19 NASB
The pattern was always that Fathers taught their Sons, who in turn taught their Sons, and so forth and so on. The pattern was always to be multi-generational. "The God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob".
Yet in our day many of our Leaders both Naturally & Spiritually have forgotten and lost this pattern. What and how are we teaching our Sons...that they might teach their Sons? Apostle Paul instructed his Son Timothy, the Emerging Apostle:
"And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." 2 Timothy 2:2 NKJV
Do you see the pattern of Multi-Generational again? Paul...Timothy...Faithful Men...Others Also.
If there is not a burning desire to pour into the next generation and you are in leadership...then you surely cannot call yourself Apostolic or a Father. Teaching from a Pulpit or a Platform is not Fathering nor Apostolic. From the pattern of Israel it was something that was "Hands On".
As we seek to be Apostolic Fathers...we must do more than just teach from the pulpit...we must be "Hands On" with the next generation to raise up Sons. Let's Go For It Copying The Pattern As Old As Israel!