Yesterday's service went rather well for me - for all of us, actually.
No, I did not get the guitarist I was hoping for, but I did have a CD that P.Dave
made so we would at least have songs to sing-a-long with. And that actually worked out pretty good.
As for my sermon...
I have to admit, I'm not much for "preaching". It's not what I'm good at. Instead, I like to have conversations with people. I like to interact with everyone. And that's what my sermon turned out to be, more or less.
Lately, the Holy Spirit has been dealing with me on the idea that I should be specific about what I'm praying for. Hence, the "ask, seek, knock" thing from Matthew chapt. 7:7-11. I used this opportunity to sorta "piggyback" on a sermon topic that P.Dave covered a few weeks back about the spiritual poverty that seems to be so prevelant in the Church (the body of believers in Christ).
So often, Christians will fail to be specific about what they ask of God because they feel as if they're bothering Him with their little problems. It's as if we believe that the universe will somehow fall apart if God takes the time to address something that we're having trouble with. And I've briefly addresed my take on that issue in a previous post called Pondering the Greatness of God
. But to paraphrase - and ammend a little bit - how small, and weak must a person's God be if they believe that He cannot simultaneously manage both the vastness of the cosmos, and help us out with our needs. We may think of them as petty and insignificant, but if we truly believe that He is our Heavenly Father
, then shouldn't He be concerned with how the lives of His children are going? Besides, if our problems are so insignificant, then it shouldn't be a problem at all for Him to take care of them. Especially if He's doing so good with the entire universe. He might actually enjoy the break from His mundane activities.
In any event, it turned out to be a really great discussion after I covered some of my thoughts on everything. And just about everybody that was there had something to contribute to the conversation. So I felt really good about it all. And everybody else seemed to get something from the service, too.
I guess that's why they keep having me back...
Labels: faith, Reflection, Revolution Church