Why Young People & Old People Need Each Other

#1 Watch or Listen To "Why Young People & Old People Need Each Other"

Consider this Sunday morning’s lesson. You can listen here: http://bit.ly/1gCDfNL

Or watch here [video will be posted by Monday each week]: www.vimeo.com/rrcoc

What stuck out to you as interesting?

Did you encounter any challenging or re-orienting truth?


#2 Different

Do you ever feel uncomfortable around people who're older than you are? What about with people who're younger?

  • Why do you think that is (or isn't)?
  • What do you struggle to understand about the way they think and act?
  • What do you easily relate to?

Do you have any funny stories about trying to interact with someone much older or younger? You should definitely share. :)


#3 Look At The Bright Side

Grab a piece of paper...

Make a list of the advantages of youth.

Make a list of the advantages of old age.

Now read Titus 2:3-8...

Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.

  • What unique temptations/needs for instruction does Paul identify for older men? Older women? Younger women? Younger men?


#4 Better Together

Have you ever had a very close relationship with someone much older or younger than you are (family not included)?

  • What was good about it?
  • Why do you think that relationship worked so well?

How do we intentionally pursue relationships with people who're a different age than we are? Be specific and practical.

What barriers will we face? How do we overcome them?


#5 Not So Different

Watch this story about a 3 year old boy and an 89 year old WWII veteran who're neighbors and best friends: http://www.hlntv.com/video/2014/07/09/little-boy-elderly-man-are-kindred-spirits


#6 Coffee Date

Don't forget to get together with someone across the generational divide! In case you misplaced the questions we distributed on Sunday, here's a refresher:

What are one or two things that are most striking to you about Jesus?

What are two things you love about the kingdom of God right now?

When you think about our church, what’s one thing you hope for?

What are you learning these days?

What’s something important that you think people my age often lose sight of?

To ask someone younger: Do you have any resolutions/hopes for how you’ll act when you’re my age?

To ask someone older: What’s one thing you did right when you were my age? One thing you did wrong?

What are two things could people my age do to bless people your age?