The Cedars Of Lebanon Mission
The Cedars of Lebanon is a ministry that encompasses the disciples of the Greater Philadelphia Church of Christ that are predominately fifty years of age or older. This is a ministry that still seeks the lost, looks to strengthen the saved and attempts to meet the needs of the poor. We are also concerned with meeting our own unique needs and presenting ourselves as both a source of understanding and wisdom as well as encouragement to disciples in our church as well as sister churches. The Cedars of Lebanon is a church wide ministry. Bible Talk/Family Groups still remain the same. We do ask that you are a member of the GPCC or a sister church and have arrived at the age of 50, but certainly would not turn anyone away who is approaching that age. It was felt that the age setting would allow many to graciously enter a ministry that is certainly aware of the many needs of those who are gracefully aging. God has blessed us with His grace and allowed us to be both fruitful and faithful in our work.
Cedars of Lebanon History
The Cedars of Lebanon is a mature ministry of the Greater Philadelphia Church of Christ. There existed in the GPCC a few Bible Talk/Family Groups with mature disciples, but they were not linked. A vision was provided for the formation of the Cedars by a comment made in a “Physically and Spiritually Mature” class, at an ACR Conference in Columbus, Ohio on July 4, 2004, of which John & Eve Gaines were co-presenters. A reference was made to Psalm 92: 14, “they still bear fruit in old age, they stay fresh and green.” It was when Psalm 92 was completely read, that the idea was given full consideration as well as the name. Verse 12 says, “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon.” Other contributing factors that led to the possibility of uniting the mature disciples in the GPCC were the work that other churches were doing among the mature disciples, comments concerning needs of the mature disciples of churches not being met, and the large number of disciples approaching the age of fifty-five. After much prayer and planning, a proposal was presented to the elders of the church. On March 6, 2006, the Cedars had their first meeting. Psalm 92:12-15 12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; 13 planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, 15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”