Get all excited tell everybody that, Jesus Christ is King. I have been thinking and praying about our church over the past ten days. I know that God has BIG plans for us as a church family and this fact excites me (I hope it excites you).
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:15-16
These are my sermon notes from July 1, 2017! Enjoy!
Make America Godly again
Text: Psalm 33:12-22 & Isaiah 6:1-10
I am struggling of late; I am discontent. My relationship with the Lord is solid, and of this I am certain. I love Jesus, and I know that He loves me. His incredible love for me brings me peace and comfort. This peace offers me hope and future. I am confident that everything taking place on the planet is no surprise to an all mighty and Holy God, He is, by the way, all knowing and all powerful. I understand all of this, but for me today, a mere human, when I see all that is going on in my country and the world that I live, I must admit, I have a longing for heaven. I hurt for people who do not know Jesus. I worry for people who do not understand how to love those who in many situations are unlovable. The world keeps moving, and I find myself overwhelmed at the events of the day and cannot help but ask the question, where is the church?
Last week I had an opportunity to play kickball with the children’s ministry at the church that I lead. What a catastrophy! It was evident very quickly that our kids did not know how to play kickball. They did not understand the fundamentals of this simple game. They understood that you kick a ball, but beyond that they were clueless. They did not understand the principals of working together as a team. It was a mess, an exercise in futility, I was beyond overwhelmed, and realized that someone has to teach these kids how to play kickball! So I have enlisted some help, and this Wednesday night, hopefully, if the weather allows, we are going to be able to get a game.
This Wednesday, Summer officially begins, and that evening, my church family will usher in Summer Nights by eating watermelons on our front lawn as we celebrate God’s continual blessings on our church and enjoy the longest day of the year as a faith family. We are making Summer memories.
We continue this morning with the “Our Church” series. We started with “Love God,” then “Love People” and today we finish up the set with “Make Disciples.”
I am continuing with my thoughts on “Our Church, ” and today the subject is “Love People” Matthew’s gospel chapter 22, we will concentrate on verses 38-40. We will also spend some time in Luke’s gospel today. We will be in Luke 10 starting in verse 30.
Jesus gave us the greatest commandment(s) in all three of the synoptic gospels. It was important to Jesus so it should be substantial for us as well. He alone is worthy of all of our praises. We have to understand this concept that He alone is worthy. His worthiness means that we relinquish control, that we trust Him completely. The Bible tells us that God is jealous. We (the believer) know that God does not want anything to be before Him. Our lives must be clear of clutter. I am talking about the things that we accumulate while living our lives that has the tendency to take our eyes off Jesus.
Every day on planet earth our clocks keep ticking, and it seems as if humanity out does itself and we become more and more fractured from the society that we live, work and function within. Crazy things are taking place here on this third rock from the sun, and many times these events appear to go unnoticed. Perpetual motion seems to carry us onward with little or no attempt by ordinary people to gain control of this wackiness and wickedness the world produces. We live our lives not thinking about earth’s other inhabitants or the consequences of our actions.