Here is a link to a worship song that we sang together this past Sunday. Sing along with it and reflect on the gospel.
1 Timothy 5:1-16
Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. 2 Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters. 3 Take care of any widow who has no one else to care for her. 4 But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God.5 Now a true widow, a woman who is truly alone in this world, has placed her hope in God. She prays night and day, asking God for his help. 6 But the widow who lives only for pleasure is spiritually dead even while she lives. 7 Give these instructions to the church so that no one will be open to criticism. 8 But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers. 9 A widow who is put on the list for support must be a woman who is at least sixty years old and was faithful to her husband 10 She must be well respected by everyone because of the good she has done. Has she brought up her children well? Has she been kind to strangers and served other believers humbly? Has she helped those who are in trouble? Has she always been ready to do good?11 The younger widows should not be on the list, because their physical desires will overpower their devotion to Christ and they will want to remarry. 12 Then they would be guilty of breaking their previous pledge.13 And if they are on the list, they will learn to be lazy and will spend their time gossiping from house to house, meddling in other people’s business and talking about things they shouldn’t. 14 So I advise these younger widows to marry again, have children, and take care of their own homes. Then the enemy will not be able to say anything against them. 15 For I am afraid that some of them have already gone astray and now follow Satan.16 If a woman who is a believer has relatives who are widows, she must take care of them and not put the responsibility on the church. Then the church can care for the widows who are truly alone.
1. What does it mean that the "church is family"?
2. On Sunday, Pastor Daniel said that God's heart is "vast and passionate" towards the vulnerable - which includes widows - and that to "neglect widows in the church is to neglect the gospel." What does that mean and why is it so important?
LIVE IT OUT
Here are some practical ways you can be a blessing to widows in our church family. As an individual or a family, you can contact the church office and we will put you in touch with a deacon who ministers to our widows. Put some of these practical ways of ministry into action soon!
1. Offer to take them grocery shopping or offer to go for them.
2. Invite them to your home for dinner.
3. Have your child read to them or have them read to your child.
4. Write and encouraging note.
5. Ask how you as a family can be praying for them as well as any needs they may have around their home.
6. Invite them to a special event in your family's life (birthday party, recital, game, etc.)
7. Call them and be an encouragement.