Good Friday to You,
That’s Bob and my wife…the year before she said, “Yes.” Without question, her partnership has changed my life. And before she even agreed to go out with me, God spoke to me through Bob in a way I will never forget.
In April of 1992, he preached two of the most memorable sermons I have ever heard. It was a little country church. There were less than 100 people in the room. It was almost 26 years ago, but I still remember specific lines, how he said them, and I can even still “see” him preaching vividly in my mind. Bob’s preaching impacted my life. One day, walking up the stairs from the church’s musty basement, God used 11 of Bob’s words to change the entire course of my life.
“Michael, I knew you were going to ask me that question.”
On the surface, it doesn’t sound much like a life-altering sentence, but let me share a little backstory. I had just asked him, “Bob, how did you know God wanted you to be a preacher?” My question was somewhat abrupt. It didn’t flow naturally out of some longer conversation about “calling” or my future. In fact, I don’t remember saying much more than “Hey” to Bob before that moment. We hadn’t been hanging out. I was not the star pupil in the youth group. There was absolutely no way he should have “known.” His response added confidence to the things the Holy Spirit was already stirring in my heart.
God used Bob’s words (both on those stairs and from the stage) to change my life!
How many specific sermons do you actually remember? Since I’m in the business of preparing and delivering sermons (taking about half of my work week), I might-should-be concerned that I don’t remember many specific sermons. I be-not-concerned. I recognize that the teaching of God’s Word has been shaping my life for years and years – often in moments of reading, study, and preaching that I don’t specifically remember. Then, there are a few of those stand-out, remember forever sermons.
This weekend I get to share from one of those sermons: The Sermon on the Mount. Clearly, this is a special one. Straight out of the Bible, this is the longest and most well-known sermon of Jesus. In it, Jesus paints a picture of what it looks like to experience the life God desires for us through faith in Jesus. And it should be no surprise that the topic of money is in there. You may recognize a few one-liners from the sermon…
Don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.
Lay up treasures in heaven.
You cannot serve God and money.
Jesus did talk a lot about money. He is the One we want to hear from on this important topic. It is a spiritual issue. There is much joy and blessing for us to discover. Get a head start on our journey by reading Matthew 6:19-24. You might be surprised to discover what God desires for us!
Hope you join us this weekend,