This weeks question is: what are you doing here? This question from God is not as much about our location as it is about the condition of our soul. It asks, where are you? Do you stop often and consider this question for yourself? Are you in God’s will are you seeking His best? Or are you letting your own ideas and desires lead your far from God’s presence?
This weeks question should really get us thinking. What if God were to ask you, “What do you want, ask of me anything…” What would you ask for? What we ask for does reveal what is on our heart. Solomon was given this very opportunity. How he responded made all the difference in his life. How and what we ask God for makes a difference in our lives as well.
As we consider the questions God asks us, this morning we look a question that sets the perimeters of truth. We tend to only think of truth in terms of the here and now. We are rarely conscience of the eternal. We in turn ask questions of God based on a temporal experience. These questions are in truth nonsense questions because we do not have the capacity to understand the answer. So God asks of us, "where were you when I established the earth?” From this and the questions that follow God is saying, you are asking a question that has an eternal answer.
This morning we will look at Genesis 18 and the question that God asked Sarah. He asked, “why did you laugh?” The question exposed Sarah’s doubt in God’s word. The story also gives us the opportunity to be reminded that the good news of God’s redemptive love gives to us the opportunity to laugh with God in joy. So, the question can still be asked, “why do you laugh?”
This week we start a new sermon series titled: The questions God asks us. The first question from God in the bible is asked of Adam and Eve. “Where are you?” This question challenges us to understand that God is still seeking us. All of His questions in scriptures reveal his redemptive love. A love that does not leave us alone in our sin but seeks us to save us and open our eyes to His presences.
This weeks sermon is title "A walk through the Cemetery.” We will look at Genesis chapter 5 in which the genealogy from Adam to Noah is listed. The repeated statement with each of these in the list are the words, "and then they died.” It is as if we were walking through the cemetery reading epithets. But this record holds a surprise which is both instructive and deeply encouraging… Enoch walked with God!
This week the message is: What is the Value of a Soul? As we prepare for Vacation Bible School and consider all the work that goes into this effort, it is important to remember that we serve for saving of souls. The human soul is precious to God and should be precious to us. The value of our own soul should be considered as well as the many souls around us.
This weeks message completes James chapter 4 and picks up the first 12 verses of chapter 5. James here adds four warnings for those living the life of faith in Jesus Christ. Again a practical teaching that touches the realities of everyday life. James warns us about: seeking our will over God’s will, unrighteous wealth, to not tire of waiting on the Lord, and the fact that our words do matter.