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Not Done Yet

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Sermon shared by Paul Decker

November 2001
Summary: We need our older people.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
NOT DONE YET
Psalm 71:18

S: Discipleship—Mentoring
Th: My Life as God’s Light
Pr: WE NEED OUR OLDER PEOPLE.
?: Why? For what?
KW: Purposes
TS: We will find in our study three purposes that demonstrate why we need our older people.

The ____ purpose is that our older people are to be…

I. PRIZED (Leviticus 19:32)
II. ENERGIZED (Joshua 14:12)
III. MOBILIZED (Psalm 71:18)

RMBC 04 November 01 AM

INTRODUCTION:

ILL Notebook: Aging (39 and holding)

A young child asked a woman how old she was. She answered, "39 and holding." The child thought for a moment, then said, "And how old would you be if you let go?"

We are all growing older, but not all are willing.

Accepting our age is not always an easy thing.
But, let’s take a test to see how old we really are this morning.

ILL Notebook: Aging (Age Barometer account)

This is an Age Barometer Count. Give yourself a point for each of these things you remember...

1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed bottles
5. Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (Olive -6933)
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S&H Green Stamps
16. Hi-fi’s
17. Metal ice trays with levers
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulbs
20. Beanie and Cecil
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-in
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers

How many of you remembered 0-5?
You’re still young.
How many of you remembered 6-10?
You are getting older.
How many of you remembered 11-15?
Don’t tell your age.
How many of you remembered 16-25?
You’re older than dirt!

Believe it or not, I remembered and experienced 16 of those growing up.
I’m older than dirt.

Well, there are definite challenges to growing older.
We live in an age that idolizes the young and looking young.
It is a culture where fast is considered best, up-to-date a must and youth a big plus.
As a result, we find ourselves going slower and slower in a world that’s moving faster and faster.
And we become concerned that we are becoming marginalized and obsolete.


TRANSITION:

You know, I have come across seniors that believe that they have nothing left to offer.
And, as a result, they have headed to the proverbial corner to wait out the end—obsolete and useless.

But let me also confess to you that I have seen some seniors cash out of the church because they feel done.
They feel that they have finished.
They tell me, “Don’t ask me to help anymore…I’ve done my time.”

But let me ask this question…

1. As we grow older, do our responsibilities grow too?

You see, if you feel you are done, I want you to tell that to Abraham and Sarah who were way too old to start a family.
Or tell that to Moses who was assigned to lead Israel out of Egypt at the young age of 80.
Or tell it to Zechariah and Elizabeth who became a repeat of Abraham and Sarah.
These were all too old to be used by the Lord…right?
Au contraire…

You see, as we grow older, our responsibilities grow, not lessen.
There are no free passes in our old age.
We are even more responsible
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