Since we turned the calendar to 2011, I have sensed the Lord leading me to preach about our spiritual growth and how we can live a mature Christian life. We concluded a 5 part series on growth a few weeks ago and I moved to the next “logical” series on discovering our gifts.
I was pumped going into the series but when I began to study it, well, it felt like a grind. Like I was going against the grain. I pressed through the first week and started the series even though I didn’t completely “feel” it. When the second sermon for the series came, I studied it and the same thing again. Going against the grain.
On the Sunday I was to preach that message the Lord redirected me for that Sunday morning. While on vacation I took time to pray and meditate on what I would do with the GIFTS series. For several weeks, I have had a message series that has been on my mind. One that is intense and, I believe, for where we are right now. Long story short, we will begin this new series on Sunday.
THE END series will be an in-depth look at the last days. We will follow that series with a another series that will help us look at how to live in the last days.
Perhaps we will pick up our GIFTS series later this year, but I believe it is critical to follow my heart here. The temptation that I face often is to preach a series that I believe would be a good follow-up to the last series. I like to plan out where I am leading the church, but sometimes God intervenes. The thing I am learning is to be dependent upon the Holy Spirit for what He would have me to preach.
Needless to say, I am excited to begin this new series Sunday. It would be a perfect opportunity to invite someone lost to these services. People are looking for answers right now. Use this as a tool to compel them to come in.