Doing Church for the Old Folks

A friend and I were doing a church service for the old folks in an assisted living facility.  Most were quite elderly.

We opened by singing three songs of worship, followed by prayer.  I then shared an interesting statement our pastor had made. He said there are two types of people who attend church. There are true Christians and then there are churchgoers. They are not necessarily the same.

One lady spoke up in a loud voice. “If you are going to church then you are a Christian!  I was born a Christian and went to church all my life.”

Before I could respond another woman in the group shook her head and said, “Nobody is born a Christian!  Everyone must decide for themselves.”

I said, “Jesus once said in John chapter 3,  that no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.  I wonder if there is anyone here who has surrendered your life to Jesus Christ and then afterward experienced God making changes in your life.   You know you were born again.”  Hands went up. “Who would like to tell us about the difference God has made in your life.”

Several people shared sweet testimonies of true transformations.

Then the same woman with the loud voice again spoke up.  “Jesus has never made a change in my life!  Like I said before, I’ve gone to church all my life.”

I said, “When we make a decision to turn away from our sin and surrender our lives to Jesus, then the Holy Spirit comes to indwell us.  He begins to change us on the inside.  There may be someone here today who has never before asked Jesus to be the Lord of your life.  If you would like to give Jesus your life today,  you may simply pray and call on Jesus to save you.  The Bible tells us that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

I then prayed aloud a simple prayer that anyone present could repeat after me.  The above mentioned woman was not interested.

This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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4 Responses to Doing Church for the Old Folks

  1. Michael Williams says:

    Amen & Amen – What a tragedy it will be for many that don’t understand. Well written Kathleen!

  2. fking1371 says:

    I agree with your pastor. In church, there are Christians and then there are mere churchgoers. Clearly, the woman with the loud voice did not understand that.

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