We had a gorgeous day Sunday morning for worship in the park! Afterwards the food and fellowship were great too.
The only glaring omission was our weekly sermon discussion group… It is one of my favorite hours of the week. Over the last couple years since we started it, we’ve had conversations that have ranged from thought-provoking (including the recurring “why didn’t I think of that for the sermon???” in my own mind), to emotional, to risky, to hilarious. The past couple months, it seems to me, have been especially meaningful.
So let’s have a little sermon discussion here. We do from time to time, but perhaps this week we have more of a reason.
I gave you an introduction to Sunday’s sermon with my post late last week here.
In the sermon I expanded on the difference between faith and faithfulness. Do you remember what the difference is? What are your thoughts and questions about that? Perhaps you might read James 2:14-26 for a bit more on that.
I also discussed what it means to be faithful as middle class Americans. Our lives are filled to the brim with all kinds of opportunity, the rat race, bills, entertainment, and having to balance it all with sanity. School just started for our kids, so many of you are breathing a bit easier now that there is more of a schedule in your life. Some of you have 7 free hours that you didn’t have a few days ago! But with school comes homework, and sports, and early mornings trying to get it all together to make the bus, and so on. Is there any time to grow the fruit of faithfulness in our lives? Maybe you want to discuss that.
Finally, we talked about how God is the source of faithfulness, because he himself is perfectly faithful. And yet, you might be wondering about God’s faithfulness. You might be waiting for what seems like an eternity to have a prayer answered, a sickness healed, a relationship restored. God doesn’t seem to be anywhere on the horizon. Is he faithful?
So let’s discuss!