Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Palm Sunday & A Guitar Fellowship?

Sundays services were excellent!

In our adult Sunday school class we're working through the book "Respectable Sin" written by Jerry Bridges.

The author challenges us in that he says we (Biblical Christians) have done a pretty good job dealing with the "big sins" (abortion, infidelity, etc.) but not so much the "respectable" sin in our personal lives. He makes the point that in God's eyes there is no distinction between big and small sin, God sees sin as sin.

Some of the things that we are walking through as respectable sins in our lives are: ungodliness, anxiety & frustration, unthankfulness, pride, selfishness, lack of self-control, anger and many others.

We're really just getting into the real issues now, after covering the introductory material and the reading has really challenged all of us and caused us to grow in our relationship with Christ. Good Stuff!

In our morning service I preached a message on all of the key players in Jerusalem during "Holy Week" beginning with Palm Sunday's arrival by Jesus to his crucifixion. I talked about the crowds of people there, the Roman rulers, the Jewish rulers, the Lord's disciples and Jesus Himself.

In our evening service we observed the Lord's Table or Communion. In this service I brought a short devotional about the suffering of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, at the judgment seat of Pilate called Gabbatha and on a hill just outside the city called Golgotha. Once again reminding us of the incredible suffering and high price our free gift of salvation cost our heavenly Father and our Savior.

Following our evening service we had a time of fellowship for our monthly birthday's. We do this every month and everyone seems to enjoy this time. However, this month was a bit different - many of us brought our guitars and we had in impromptu time of playing and singing! The level of skill varied greatly but that was fine because it gave opportunity to learn and grow. I know it was helpful for me!

It is always a blessing for me as a Pastor to see our church family not only worshiping together but also having fun together. One of our teens commented that we should do this every Sunday evening. Hummmmm.......

1 comment:

Brian Cederquist said...