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Encouraging the Elderly in Christ Through Bible Study and Christian Activities

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People who have not reached an advanced age cannot fully understand the depression that many elderly people suffer. Nevertheless, simply having a desire to encourage them will lead to spending time with them and to learning of the challenges they face on a daily basis. Encouraging the elderly in Christ through Bible study not only benefits this age group spiritually, it can be of great benefit to the younger people who interact with them.

Reasons for Depression in the Elderly


Physical weakness and sickness in people of advanced age almost always lead to them being placed in nursing homes. Sometimes it means that they are left to sit the rest of their life away in their homes. No one of any age wants to spend his or her days on Earth doing nothing. People need a reason to wake up and to live. A sense of having responsibility and worth in the lives of others is "fuel" on which even the very advanced in age can run.

Encouraging the elderly in Christ must involve the restoration of a genuine realization of just how much the mature population has to offer to the world. It also must thoroughly destroy the Satanically inspired lie that the elderly are useless, worthless, and should be "thrown away."

Encouraging the Elderly in Christ Through Scripture


The Christian Bible reveals that it was an old woman, not a young one, who gave birth, in her old age, to the greatest of the Old Covenant prophets, John the Baptist (Luke 1:36, Mat. 11:11). God used another woman, Sarah, in her old age, to demonstrate that nothing is impossible for him. Sarah gave birth to the promised child, Isaac, when she was very advanced in age (Gen. 21:2). And we read, "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy and your young men shall see visions, and your OLD men shall dream dreams" (Acts 2:17). Part of encouraging the elderly in Christ is reminding that God does not discriminate based on age. He pours his Spirit out on all flesh that yearns for him.

Council of Elders: Christian Activities and Bible Studies for the Elderly


Heavenly Manna ministries has addressed the need for encouraging the elderly in Christ. We have material specifically developed to conduct powerful, encouraging, and challenging Bible study with this age group. The same material is versatile enough to serve as stimulating and uplifting Christian activities for the elderly.

Council of Elders is designed to "hold the hand" of Sunday school teachers, group facilitators, Bible study leaders, and activities directors who are called into the wonderful ministry of encouraging the elderly. The material has proven highly successful in reminding the young and the old of the valuable wisdom that the elderly possess and upon which we should be calling.

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