The fall is here. We can tell because the days are cool enough for us to look for a sweatshirt. And so I have been thinking about preaching this fall. If there is a theme it is that we live in two worlds.
The world of the future for a Christian is majestic and mysterious. We read with anticipation the descriptions of the Heavenly City in Revelation 21 and 22. We wonder what life will be like without sin, death or the devil to pester us. We have assurance in Christ that our citizenship is certain; that our names are in the book of Life.
The present world is beautiful and bothersome. When I see deer on a hillside, jewelweed in the meadow and a nuthatch flying in the trees, I give thanks to God as Creator. Others see no God – only the rarest of chances that took place so this world exists, but for no purpose and with no hope. They see the problem of evil in the world and say it disproves God.
We are ambassadors of the world to come to this world and the people around us. So then we need to be thoughtful and aware of this world as we point to the world to come.
- In September I plan to preach on the importance of loving God with your mind. We should be aware of the logic and evidence of God in the universe.
- In October I plan to show how the arts are a way to see this good earth and the Artist behind it all.
- In November we will consider the importance of gratitude as we study Psalms 146 to 150.
- And in December, we will explore the Gospel of John for what it says about the One who made it all and then entered the world he made.