“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. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.” 1 Timothy 5:1-2 NIV
Virtually every metaphor used in Scripture to depict Christians emphasizes community. The Bible calls us the body of Christ, God’s building, the sheep of his pasture, and the family of God. We may come to Christ individually but we live for Christ within the context of community.
Some people want to connect only with people of their own age with similar interests. Such desire is inconsistent with the emphasis on community found in Scripture. Our relationships with others within our church family should include people of all ages.
A few years ago we emphasized this sense of community with a multi-generational focus. We encouraged the purposeful connection of people of all ages. Small groups were merged so young adults would meet our older adults, and vice versa.
One tool for connecting the different generations was the sharing of meals. Participants agreed to host a dinner in their home. Groups consisted of three or four families.