God's Senior Servants
                                        
Introduction
I.  Ralph Burton Perry said, "Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather      
    teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience & the firm line of      
    character."
II. I have no "old age jokes" to tell; I have only words of respect & encouragement.
    A.  I have always loved older people.
        1.  I loved my grandmother & spent a lot of time with her.
        2.  I miss my grandfather's story telling.
III.    The Bible encourages the younger to respect the older.
	    (Lev 19:32 KJV)  Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the
	    old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.
	    (Prov 16:31 KJV)  The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of
	    righteousness.
	    (Prov 23:22 KJV)  Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother
	    when she is old.
	    (Eph 6:1-2 KJV)  Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. {2} Honour
	    thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
	    (1 Tim 5:1 KJV)  Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father
IV. Our senior members are very important to God.
    A.  God has always used His older servants in His service!
Discussion
I.  NOAH WAS A SENIOR SERVANT OF GOD.
    A.  Noah was 600 yrs old when God told him to build the ark.
        1.  He was 950 yrs old when he died.
        2.  2/3 of his life was lived before the Lord gave his this assignment.
            a.  That would be much like God telling a 60 yr old man to build an ark.
    B.  Noah was highly respected because of his life.
        1.  He was in fellowship with God.
            (Gen 6:8-9 KJV)  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. {9} These are
            the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations,
            and Noah walked with God.
        2.  He was an obedient man.
            (Gen 6:22 KJV)  Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so
            did he.
        3.  He was a man of faith.
            (Heb 11:7 KJV)  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet,
            moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he
            condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
        4.  He was a preacher of righteousness (2 Pet 2:5).
        5.  He saved his family (1 Pet 3:20f).
II. ABRAHAM WAS A SENIOR SERVANT OF GOD.
    A.  Abraham, at the age of 75, was instructed to begin a journey.
        (Gen 12:1-3 KJV)  Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country,
        and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show
        thee: {2} And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make
        thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: {3} And I will bless them that bless
        thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be
        blessed.
    B.  God knew He could count on Abraham.
        1.  Abraham was obedient.
            (Heb 11:8 KJV)  By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place
            which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out,
            not knowing whither he went.
        2.  Abraham was a man of faith (Gen 15:6).
        3.  Abraham was a teacher of children & grandchildren (Gen 18:19).
        4.  Abraham was a worshipful man (Gen 22:5).
        5.  Abraham was generous, courageous & a friend of God (Js 2:23).
III.    MOSES WAS A SENIOR SERVANT OF GOD.
    A.  He was 80 yrs old when God called him from the burning bush.
        1.  He was called to lead Israel out of Egyptian bondage.
            (Exo 3:10 KJV)  Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that
            thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
    B.  Though Moses was hesitant, God knew He had chosen the right man.
        1.  Moses trusted God.
            (Heb 11:24-26 KJV)  By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be
            called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; {25} Choosing rather to suffer affliction
            with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; {26}
            Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt:
            for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.
        2.  Moses was faithful.
            (Heb 3:2 KJV)  Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was
            faithful in all his house....(5)  And Moses verily was faithful in all his house,
            as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
        3.  Moses was a humble man.
            (Num 12:3 KJV)  (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which
            were upon the face of the earth.)
        4.  Moses was a leader.
IV. CALEB WAS A SENIOR SERVANT OF GOD.
    A.  He took Hebron when he was 85 years old (Josh 14:10-13).         
V.  SIMEON AND ANNA WERE SENIOR SERVANTS OF GOD.
    A.  Lk 2:25-32 - Simeon.
    B.  Lk 2:36-38 - Anna.
VI. THE APOSTLE PAUL WAS A SENIOR SERVANT OF GOD.
    A.  The apostle Paul considered himself a senior servant.
        (Phile 9 KJV)  Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul
        the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
    B.  Paul knew he was important to God.
        (Psa 8:4 KJV)  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that
        thou visitest him?
        (1 Cor 12:22 NKJV)  No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be
        weaker are necessary.
    C.  Paul served God until he was called to rest.
        (2 Tim 4:6-8 KJV)  For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure
        is at hand. {7} I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept
        the faith: {8} Henceforth ...
VII.    CHRISTIANS ARE TO BE SENIOR SERVANTS OF GOD.
    A.  In teaching godly lessons.
        (Titus 2:1-5 KJV)  But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: {2}
        That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in
        patience. {3} The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh
        holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; {4}
        That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love
        their children, {5} To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their
        own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
        1.  Wisdom should come with age - but not always.
            a.  Remember Solomon!
    B.  In setting godly examples.
        (Phil 3:17 KJV)  Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk
        so as ye have us for an ensample.
        (Heb 13:7 NKJV)  Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of
        God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.
        (Mat 5:16 KJV)  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
        works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
    C.  In living godly lives.
        (Rev 1:9 KJV)  I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and
        in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos,
        for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
        1.  Poem by Robert Browning.
            Grow old along with me!
                The best is yet to be,
            The last of life, for which the first was made:
            Our times are in His hand
                Who saith "A whole I planned,
            Youth shows but half; trust God; see all nor be afraid!"
Conclusion
I.  We are all important to one another & to God.
II. And the way we live influences others at any age.
        III.    Young people need role models they can look up to.
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Alan C. Cole
26th St. Church of Christ
101-26th Street Huntington, WV 25703
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