I got to the building this morning a little behind. I have spent most of the week in Kentucky—pretending like I belong in school again—sitting through hours of class about research methods, faith and scholarship, how to properly format footnotes, and re-living my college dorm room days. (The lady in charge of Southern Seminary formatting would probably say the previous sentence is is too long). I had reviewed the sermon again last night and usually do the same Sunday mornings from the time I get to the office until about 8:30, then off to pray. We began a new series today: God’s House (a study of 1 Timothy).
After last week’s sermon in Mark 2, I emailed Kevin McKee (AKA ‘boss man’) and asked him if we could just stay in Mark, scrapping all that we’ve done for 1 Timothy and just stay in the gospels. He didn’t reply back to me, which I took as a “no.” I’m glad he did. This should be fun. I shared three hopes at the end of the service that I wanted to share with you all. . .
- That through this study we become more committed to a local church—Notice I didn’t say “The Chapel.” While I’d love that everyone in Baton Rouge attended some expression of The Chapel, that’s not the point. I’m high on local churches. I’m high on being involved in them. I pray that everyone going through the book with us grows more in love with the local church.
- That through this study we become more committed to one another—This is just another way to say the above, but I said it differently so that you could pick which statement you liked better. 🙂
- That through this study we recognize our need to contribute to God’ work in the world—I believe that everyone at every age has something to give to God’s work, and I hope this study helps us realize that. I’m committed to working through the paid staff/lay member chasm. I want everyone to realize we all have the Spirit of God in us and we all contribute to what God is doing. I need you as much as you need me, and we all need Jesus.
It should be a ride. I hope you can join us for it. Maybe I’ll even remember all my illustrations next time.