Since this past Sunday was the first Sunday of 2008, I chose to preach a ‘Heart to Heart’ message entitled, Rejoice, Reconcile, Reflect, to the community at Quest. I preached from Philippians 4:2-9 and am especially captivated by vv 8-9:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
After each of the services, I felt so personally encouraged and convicted. There’s a great joy and satisfaction when you’ve read, studied, prayed, and prepared — and the sermon just comes together and you sense the Holy Spirit has ministered through you. I particularly enjoy preaching at the 5pm service because it’s my ‘no holds barred’ version of that week’s message. I don’t have to worry about time, usage of certain words, and can just let it rip.
The tech/audio folks are working to format podcasts into the new website soon but you can listen to the message focused on these three themes: Rejoice. Reconcile. Reflect. [Warning: it’s over an hour.] But I do hope that it might be a source of encouragement to those who choose to listen.
Honestly, I think I was feeling a little too proud on Sunday night after I arrived home. Later that night, I noticed that someone had linked to my blog. WordPress has this feature that lists others that link to your blog. Anyway, when I clicked on it, it was a post about his thought on the churches he’s recently visited which included stuff about Quest and me:
…probably the worst speaker I’ve ever heard.
We checked it out again…he was OK…But, it still didn’t really engage us toward Christ- so we decided to keep looking.
God has a funny way of humbling me…