Friday, March 11, 2005

Preaching preview

Acts 6:1-7 will be God’s word for us this Sunday morning. Read and consider, ponder and pray. And to help give you an idea of where I’m headed with this word, consider the following a bit of summary in advance . . .

Neglect. Frustration. Suspicion. Prejudice. Complaint. Division. Sometimes the ways things are just seems really, really wrong. Church would be great if it weren’t for the people, huh?

No, as long as people are people, and life with others is what God wills, every church will have its share of troubles. If you know of a perfect church it’s only because you don’t know it very well!

But difficulty down at church isn’t the end of things and we simply can’t let such things become things to stumble over. It's not about whether or not troubles will occur, it's about how we as Christians perceive and approach a church’s ills.

Rightly seen, problems are simply opportunities for God to work great things among people who are determined to serve him. The very things that threaten to destroy us can actually be turned by God into tools he can use to builds us and shape us more into the image of his Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ.

So ask not for a life or church free of troubles. Ask instead ask for eyes to see God at work in all things, a heart filled with his Spirit and for faith to do boldly do whatever he wills. For God has a way of raising up precisely who we need and what we need when we really need it when we seek to live our lives together by his ways and for his glory only!

Stay in the word. See ya’ Sunday!