As a young pastor, I cherish the members of the older generation in our church who have a vibrant relationship with Jesus and are spending their latter years in faithful service to their King. There is something so crucial that older saints bring to the life of a body of believers and I pray we see more of it at Calvary Bible Church. I agree with what John MacArthur says in his book, The Master’s Plan for the Church:
I like young people because they are energetic. But it’s sad if the energy comes only from its young people… If you’re a Christian but don’t apply God’s Word to your life, you’ll eventually become one of those inert older people. You’ll reach fifty and want to retire spiritually. You’ll say, “I’ve been going to church for many years. I don’t want to get involved in evangelism; I’d rather leave that thing for younger people”… Today, the church is deriving its energy mostly from younger people. We need the energy that younger people have, but we also need the power that seasoned believers have developed from their long, obedient lives. An older believer should be ready to “blast off” into heaven from the energy he has built up.