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Honor the Hoary Head. Leviticus 19:32 “ Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and Honor the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the Lord .”. Aging. Proverbs 16:31 “The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.”

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Honor the Hoary Head

Leviticus 19:32 “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and Honor the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the Lord.”

Aging

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Proverbs 16:31 “The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.”

Proverbs 20:29 “The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.”

Psalms 71:9 “Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.”

Psalms 71:18. “Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.”

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Growing Old

A natural process

Youth is the valley

Adulthood is the mountain side

Old age is the top of the mountain

“By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it.”

Forgetful ?

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Honoring the Hoary Head

“But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” Jas.2:9

Discrimination

Racism - because or race or color

Sexism - because of gender

Ageism - because of age

Indications of Ageism

Why ?

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“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35. By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John13:34-35

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Responsibilities to our aging members

Honor

Lev. 19:32 “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the Lord.”

Hoary = gray or white headed

Honour = show respect, be proud, to favor

1 Tim. 5:4 “…to repay their parents”

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Responsibilities to our aging members

Provide Daily Needs

Acts 6:1-6 = 7 people helping

James 2:14-17

Brother or sister need daily food

Faith + works = alive

Psalms 71:9 “Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.”

Matt. 25:40 “ye have done unto one of the least”

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Responsibilities to our aging members

Use Their Experience

Titus 2:1-4

Older men teach younger men and women

Older women teach young women

Older members teach gospel

Older members healthier, educated, wealthy, time

The Church = both young and old

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Responsibilities to our aging members

Social Interaction

James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Visit = more than a friendly visit

Involved with each other / help each other

Galatians 6:2 “Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

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Responsibilities of our older members

Don’t lose your usefulness

Keep active in the church

Never retire from the church

Use your talents

“Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly [is] plenteous, but the labourers [are] few;” Matt. 9:37

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Responsibilities of our older members

Be Ready to Serve

Prepared to impart fruit of experience

Instruct

Warn

Young people will listen

Elderly need to be needed

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Responsibilities of our older members

Keep on growing and learning

You never stop learning

Keep on reading and studying

Never get tired of Bible study and teaching

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Responsibilities of our older members

Have a pleasant disposition

Some are quarrelsome and have a bad temper

Did not happen because they got older

There’s nothing more beautiful than cheerfulness in an old face.

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The closer we come to the end of this life …The closer we come to the beginning of a wonderful life

Proverbs 16:31 “The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.”

Revelation 14:13 “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: …”

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Honor the Hoary Head

There is something very beautiful about a life that has been lived in God's way and comes toward harvest time.

Job 5:26 “Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season.”

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Psalms 92:12-15 NKJV“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

13. Those who are planted in the house of the LORD Shall flourish in the courts of our God.

14. They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,

15. To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

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Sermon by Arthur Pigman

Evans Church of Christ

515 Gibbs Road

Evans, Ga. 30809

706-855-1249

evanscoc@bellsouth.net

www.evansgachurchofchrist.org

Sunday Morning July 15, 2012