Sunday, October 25, 2020, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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“Were it not for God’s promises we might well despair.” from Waiting on God by Andrew Murray
The dictionary defines despair as “utter loss of hope,” “a cause of hopelessness,” or “to lose all hope or confidence.”
As we look back over all that has occurred this year and what might occur in the coming days it would be easy to despair, to face life as if we have no hope. But through scripture God tells a different story.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.”
Hebrews 6:19, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil…”
Check out these additionalregarding our hope and God’s promises to us.
Also, spend some time in worship with this song, “.”
Andrew Murray went on to say in his book, Waiting on God, “…but in His promises the Living God has given and bound Himself to us.”
For the believer in Jesus Christ there is no need to despair. Trust in Jesus! All other ground is sinking sand.
Psalm 78:4 (ESV)
“We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders He has done.”
7 seconds. 8 seconds. 3 seconds. The jury is still out, but research in the last five years indicates that people have a 3-8 second attention span (about that of a goldfish). If you’re feeling defensive or offended, maybe it isn’t true for you. I hope it’s untrue of me. But, in a world where content is digested so quickly, the headlines tell some people all they care to know, and “stories” on social media are a frightening amount of young people’s only news source, I believe the 3-8 second range to be generally true.
So, what? We could talk for a whole day and beyond about all of the implications for us personally as believers, discipline, self control, etc. No, I’d like for us to just consider implications for the next generation.
While digital church is a blessing and reach can be multiplied, there are downfalls that leave me concerned. Progressive Christianity is capable of watering down or compromising key truths from scripture with a well laid out graphic and just 8 seconds. Or a quote that is compelling enough. Or sadly, misquoted scripture. Music is compelling enough to often capture longer attention, but if not filtered through a discerning ear could be confirming false theology.
My concern, church family, is for the Church body young and old to be able to defend what we believe. This should not be limited to the seasoned adult. Our children and students, as soon as they become Believers are faced with this data, flying at them faster than Forrest Gump with a ping pong ball, left to discern for themselves what is true. With an offensive Gospel, sometimes the shiny graphic wins.
It is, I believe, the reason that so many grown students walk away from the Church around age 18.
I am so thankful for a church body at Woodmont who can agree on the need for sound Bible teaching, who advocate for teaching truth through hymns and songs, and who also encourage one another to be equipped for every good work.
I pray that we will only get better at apologetics with our youth and children. A.W. Tozer said it best “Nothing less than a whole Bible makes a whole Christian.” I think that beyond worrying about systematic theology, the bottom line is that the Church has a history of producing Bible illiterate Believers by the time they are ‘adults.’
Let’s start with the Word, the whole Word, and nothing but the Word.
But honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” (1 Peter 3:15 HCSB)
I was looking out my kitchen window at the geraniums that had been so pretty when I first got them. No longer did they have the big pink and red blooms that once were so beautiful. I had watered them and tried to care for the, but slowly, the blooms died and no new ones took their place. All at once, I realized that it had been a while since they had been fed some nutrients. I ran out of Bloom Buster and forgot to buy more. Wanting to have those pretty blooms again became a serious goal. I made sure that I watered regularly with the newly bought fertilizer that was advertised to promote BIG blooms… I couldn’t wait. Soon my commitment and dedication paid off and I had beautiful pink and red blooms to enjoy.
As I was looking out the window this morning at my pretty flowers, I thought about how I could apply this story about my flowers to my spiritual growth. When I get lazy with the things that nourish and feed my spiritual growth, I suffer. My life doesn’t reflect the beauty of Christ living inside me when that happens. I was reminded how important it is to intentionally “feed” and nourish my spiritual life. Some of the things that do that for me are:
Daily Bible Study
A commitment to prayer and intercession
Worshiping with my church family
Listening to uplifting Christian music
Remembering to be grateful