Each week, the pastor who preaches posts a brief synopsis of the sermon for you to see the main points made during the sermon on Sunday morning.
January 7, 2018
How did you survive Christmas? Did you get the gift you wanted? Did you give the gifts you were called to give? This year I asked for permission to go out and buy my Christmas gift. I bought a snow thrower. And I got to use it three times the week before Christmas while my big honking temperamental snow blower sat in the garage and pouted. I got what I was looking for.
Jesus turns and asks John’s disciples who followed him, “What are you looking for?” In this faith journey, what are we looking for in this God whom we follow?
First: What is Got not!
- God is not our caped crusader. Why do we think God should always do what we think is right?
- God is not our butler. God acts, but now always in the way I want God to act.
- God is not our sugar daddy. God is not a warm fuzzy. In fact, I believe life following God’s teachings makes life harder — not easier.
Now: What is this God we follow?
- God is a God who loves the unlovable — yes, even you and me.
- God is a God who crosses human boundaries. Think of our modern day lepers.
- God is a God who stands by us even when we are stupid. Think of the Samson story.
- God is a God who hangs with us even in our disease of self-righteousness. Ephesians 2:8: “You are saved by grace through faith, not by anything you have done, but as a pure gift from God.”
What are you looking for? A God who has already found you. Amen.