I’ve been preparing to preach this Sunday and as I’ve been praying, studying, and preparing I keep coming back to this one statement — “I need this sermon more than anyone!”
Ever since I’ve been preaching I tend to create sermons about subject matters that I struggle with the most. I tell people often that I’m not really “preaching,” but rather I’m “sharing” my experiences and perspectives on these issues. I don’t think it’s fair to stand in front of a group of people and preach to them like I know better or I’m perfect and have all the answers to life’s issues. That would be not only egotistical, but completely and utterly false.
This Sunday I’m focusing on “freedom.” Not freedom politically or socially, but freedom from the things that keep us separated from God – more specifically the grace of God. I chose guild, worry and doubt because those are the three things I struggle with the most in life. I found some amazing scripture passages that I hope will be helpful to those who listen to the message (and I hope the passages can remain in my heart and mind always!).
What has been super helpful as I have worked on this sermon has been the amazing women’s Bible study I’m leading on Wednesday mornings. The series we’re going through is called “The Forgiveness of Jesus” and it is WONDERFUL! I’d highly recommend it if we ever offer it again. As you can imagine, guilt, worry and doubt all tie directly into “forgiveness” so this study has been a great help in my sermon writing. We need to forgive others, but we also need to forgive ourselves as our Lord forgave us before the sin was even finished being committed! Not forgiving ourselves leads to the guilt, worry and doubt. So, this has been a good primer for my message for Sunday :).
Okay, back to work on my sermon. I hope many of you will be there to hear the message, and if not, have a safe Independence Day weekend!