I headed out to the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and Pastor’s Conference on Sunday afternoon, and left someone to teach in the evening service. I haven’t heard from him, but his wife is still alive and commenting on Facebook, so I trust he survived.
Meanwhile, I looked back at the text from my recent sermon to the Centennial Baptist Association and found a few points of application for the church, so I adjusted it and preached it for the church this week.
Subject: Moving Forward
How do we go forward as a church?
Our focus as disciples determines God's reception of us
Every disciple of Jesus must serve without consideration of return
1. Our time is often spent in arguments about who is the greatest or most important.
2. Yet do we want to have to answer the question: "What were you arguing about on the road?" when finish our journey?
3. Our goal, our purpose is to serve:
A. Serve the Lord: there is no greater purpose
B. Serve God's people--individually and together in His churches
C. Serve those God has created--the world outside the church