It’s neat how every once in awhile, the attention you get makes up for all the time you wonder if anyone’s listening. ;) (Ya I know, I should get a life… I’m going to start attending the Tuesday Morning Ladies again in the fall!)
Now for sermon notes! Our speaker on Sunday has written a book, “What Do You Expect?”, and you should look up the name Brian F. Reynolds connected with that title, because there’s some good reading on his blogs. I like the one he had last year, the top article being “But we don’t need theology, do we?” (http://jctd.wordpress.com/) Well said! (The article that is, not the question. o-O)
Anyway, his sermon was straightforward, to the point, and not over-long–even though it included both personal anecdotes and scripture study! (Two very important elements, to my way of thinking!) He had three things we need to do if we expect God to work in our lives.
- STEEP yourself in scripture (daily, regularly, etc.)–an interesting point here was that we need to get by God’s deeds, and get to know his ways. So often we compare the experience of others to our own/our church’s… (or this may have been in the next point…)
- LISTEN to the Holy Spirit (which really has more to do with prayer, than just making requests of God does.) Brian suggested that Christians need to learn to feed themselves, and not always rely on what others say about scripture. (Read scripture for yourself, not just books about scripture…hey, that goes with the previous point… I guess they can all intermingle!)
- DO whatever it is that God is telling you to do. (It follows that you can only know what that is when you have been into both prayer & God’s Word–they are like two wings of a plane.) When you take that step of obedience (and it takes humility to use the word “obey”, doesn’t it?) things will begin to open up for you; God will begin to tell you what to expect!
Oops, almost forgot to share scripture…
“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” (Jesus, in Matthew 6:33-34)