Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sunday Sermons

This morning Kathryn went to hear a missionary from India speak on the subject of teaching new believers how to grow in their knowledge of the Bible and to help them get involved in a local church. We went to a different church and the sermon we heard emphasized the need to be engaged in the world enough to share the Gospel message, because it brings hope and eternal salvation to those who believe. Paul Burton went to a church service in Blacksburg and told us that the Sunday School discussion was about methods of evangelism. I thought it interesting that three different churches; three different denominations, had a similar message today. Perhaps it is one that Christian circles need to hear. It was a reminder that there are still many who don't have peace of mind concerning life after death.

The sermon we heard today was also a good reminder that frightened, lost, and angry people are watching Christians with the question, "Is Christianity anything I should care about pursuing?" The pastor began with the story of a police officer coming upon the scene of an accident. A woman had failed to stop at a red light because she was on her cell phone and applying her lipstick. She hadn't noticed the light changed to red and rammed the car in front of her. The officer observed her obscene finger gestures through the sunroof and heard her swearing when he arrived. He asked her to step out of the car, handcuffed her, and put her in the squad car. Later at the jailhouse she was released with an apology. "I'm very sorry," he said, "But when I saw and heard your rantings and observed all the Christian stickers on the bumper, I assumed you had stolen that car."

Father, when Monday morning begins, and Christians face a new week of challenges, help us all to remember that You are the Sovereign Lord and that others are watching to see how Your children behave under pressure. Grant us grace to respond with patience. Amen