Sunday Reflections (Nov. 18, 2012): My Preaching Anniversary, 2 Peter, etc.
Friday marked my 18th year of preaching. I was 17 years old when God called me to preach. I remember my first sermon like it was yesterday. I preached a message entitled, “Time is up. Let’s go.” from the parable of the ten virgins recorded in Matthew 25:1-13. I think I did a decent job. Thank God I’ve grown since then. 🙂
I never thought that I would be preaching. If you have read my book, you know that preaching, let alone being a pastor, was the farthest thing from my mind.
But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I can’t think of any better way to spend my life than serving The Lord Jesus and His church. God calling me to preach – along with saving me from sin through Jesus – was totally an act of grace. There was nothing about me that deserved it.
So this past Friday I did what I was called in high school to do: I preached God’s Word to a group of beautiful people who were poor and homeless. It was such an awesome time of worship with my brothers and sisters in Christ. I preached on 1 John 5:21 and entitled the sermon, “American Idols.” John’s instruction is self-explanatory. So I spent the majority of the sermon describing the type of idols that exists in our western society that we as believers need to keep ourselves away from. Here are the 5 idols that I mentioned and elaborated on:
I – Individuality
D – Desire
O – Others
L – Luxury
S – Status
I trust that the Holy Spirit opened the people’s hearts to receive the Word and enabled (and is enabling) them to respond accordingly, as He did for me.
Our women’s ministry (Sisters) kicked off their connection groups this weekend. They are conducting about 6 or 7 book studies in a small group context.
I am excited to hear and see the growth that God produces in these women’s lives in the months to come!
Today I continued my teaching series on 2 Peter, specifically looking at chapter 2:10b-22. The lesson title was “False Teachers in the Church (pt. 2).”
Peter uses quite a bit of figurative language to describe the spiritual condition and character of these false teachers; and he is spot on (no surprise considering he was writing under the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit)!
Lord willing, next week we will conclude chapter 2 and begin our journey into the final chapter of 2 Peter. I can’t wait!
Enjoy the rest of your day.