The Gospel is for Seniors

As a pastor I am constantly thinking about how to better communicate God's word, and the gospel in particular, to the people at our church and in our community. We are a multi-generational church comprised of people from every walk of life. This means we have young professionals and retirees; successful and unemployed, young men with new tattoos and older men with faded Navy tats. You get the idea. We are not a mono-cultural church built on the "homogeneous principle." All of these people need the gospel. And while the life, death, and resurrection of the Son of God is every man's only hope before God, there are a variety of reasons the gospel is our "only comfort in life and in death." In other words, the gospel and all of its implications need to be clearly and carefully expounded and applied to people of all ages and stages of life. One group that often gets overlooked is the elderly. Those seasoned saints who have retired, or even moved into their twilight years, need the gospel as much as any man. But, do we know how to preach to them where they are? Dr. David Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, addresses this issue and it's worth five minutes of your time. I'm not recommending the video because our brother has an awesome Scottish accent, nor because he has a copy of my book clearly visible in this video (though, that is pretty cool). The video is a must-watch because we all need to do more and better thinking about how to preach the one message God has given the church with specificity to the people has puts before us.

David points to five trials and temptations that are common to the elderly which are perfectly answered in the gospel.

    Loneliness Regret Bitterness Pain Fear

Watch the video, check out David's blog, and be sure to grab a copy of his book, Christians Get Depressed Too. I've actually been reading it, and profiting from it, this week.