I've been those things said to me. And I'm not sure I believe them.
So the month of September, we're starting a new sermon series entitled "Do You Really Believe That?" It's designed to take these phrases and deconstruct them in a way that makes us think long and hard about the ramifications of sayings we use as well intentioned Christians. It will help us gain an understanding of God's nature in the midst of pain and suffering, and how our expectations are often projected upon God.
Here's the reason I'm doing this sermon series: Because just about every person I know who has left the church has done so because they doubt the existence of God due to a life crisis, or because the church has done or said something to damage their trust. So I'm depending on you to forward this invitation to a friend who is going through that period of time in their lives. Maybe their world has been rocked from a recent diagnosis or a life disappointment like a divorce and they are asking "How could God let this happen?" Or maybe they have been gone from the church so long because they are frustrated by the judgement and "fire and brimstone" of churches they have attended in the past. Or maybe they simply have given up that the Bible can have any kind of relevance in a world of science and technology.
I'd like to ask you to invite them to be a part of this sermon series. There's no strings attached, and no pressure to join the church. This is simply an invitation to come and receive the gift of understanding God as one of grace. Whether they come to sit in the pews or listen online, offer someone that you care about a lifeline to a God. So they can understand there is One who loves them desperately.
This week we will look at that famous book of Job, the man who endured all hardship and ask if God gave him more than he could handle...
Be a blessing and invite a friend,