Romans 8:28 - 1 Corinthians 9
It is Sunday, just before noon. I sit in my office with the beginning of this coming Friday’s message swirling in my mind. What I have already been working through in scripture has me extremely excited about what is to come. This week we will be tackling the subject of THE CROSS AND OUR MISSION.
The foundational passage is…
Romans 8:28 – We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those called according to His purpose. – HCSB
From that foundation truth, we will move to 1 Corinthians 9 and journey through the in depth teaching it has for each Follower of Christ. Let me encourage you through this social network posting to take time to read the 1 Corinthians 9 passage through this week--- several times --- maybe once a day--- maybe more.
I ask that you pray for me as I am already wondering how I can fit all of what I have already in the time window we take on Fridays for the preaching. I hope you understand, from my perspective, that I am very time conscious. You can ask any of those who have a role in our Friday services. I am always asking them to not waste time. And yes, I need to tell myself that also. One of the reasons I pushed to expand the platform was to make the movement between things, as people come to the platform and others step off, it could be done more seamlessly – to save time.
The bottom line is this. The preaching of God’s Word must remain the central component and highly anticipated part of our worship time. As Paul admonished Timothy (2 Timothy 4:1)… Preach the Word…. This is not about dropping the other elements and necessities of our worship but to make what the Bible says be our guide.
Paul (other than Christ) is the leading example to the church for winning the lost. To deny this would be silly. An example in his writing (from the 1 Corinthians 9 passage mentioned above) he states that we must become all things to all men so that we might win some. There is no doubt, Paul was an active soul winner with a heart and burden for the lost. Yet, in 1 Corinthians 1:17, He states the following…
1 Corinthians 1:17 - For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. – NKJV
BACK TO THE ORIGINAL THOUGHT…
According to the Romans 8:28 passage… We, who are “Followers of Christ” have been called for a purpose. I hope to bring a challenge that will help us rise up and fulfill, in a greater way, the purpose for which we exist. It is easy to look at the heroes in the Bible and think of them as Super people (endowed by God for greater things than us). Biblical Characters such as Paul, Peter, Abraham, Moses, David, Esther, Ruth, Mary… and more. The reality is they were simply living out basic Christianity (in a NT sense) the lives all Christians are called to live.
I will write more on this before Friday. Again, I ask that you pray for me as I whittle this down to be the message that God wants to be shared.
Maybe you ought to leave you watches at home and your phones off so you won’t look at a clock and begin thinking I am preaching too long. Come with an ear to hear and be amazed at the voice of God. He will not disappoint.
Don't want any Eutychus' among us. I am sure you do not want me to throw myself on top of you. I am not sure I could be a Paul in such a time as that. Acts 20:7-12.
See you Friday - with a Bible in your hand - A friend by your side and a heart to grow in and know of Christ greater.
I LOVE MY CHURCH - HER PEOPLE... AND OUR GOD.