It is Saturday morning and I am sitting here running through my blogroll. It seems we are all fried by Fries’ departure from Outpost. (Just a play on words, nothing intended.)
At any rate, I was looking over my sermon earlier as is my usual custom for my Saturday AM quiet time. Hosea is where I find myself as I am preaching through this book on Sunday mornings and Hebrews on Sunday evenings. I find what I am about to do very hard. I know there are others that will parse every word that I will place out here. :>)
I find myself at Hosea 8:1-14 and I am preaching about the rejection of those whose desires are not centered on God. The title of the message is Sowing the Wind The theological foundation is one of worship. In this text I ask the question; “What are the desires that are seen in a person’s life that reveal he or she has rejected God’s covenant?” This rejection is seen in a desire to workship, a desire to be worthy, and a desire to wander. I am looking forward to preaching this message as it is truly burning in my heart.
On Sunday evening I am preaching from Hebrews 11:8-19 on the subject Faith to Surrender. The title of the message is Promise for the Trial. I ask the question of the text; “When we speak of surrender, exactly what do we surrender to do?” The text reveals that we are surrendered to searching and to standing. We are surrendered to searching by listening to God’s promise, living by God’s promise, and looking for God’s promise. Our surrender to standing is seen in the thrill of standing, the testimony of standing, and the test of standing. Now, some of this message may look familiar if you follow Dr. Jerry Vines. Some of his bullets fit in my gun, so I am going to shoot them. It is not his gun that I am using, because I built the gun, but I certainly can use his bullets if they fit. :>)
What are you preaching tomorrow? I would like to know. It may be that I can use your bullets sometime. :>) Leave me a basic outline in the comments and let’s discuss it, or you can feel free to discuss mine.