When I was growing up and watching baseball, a HomeRun was a HomeRun. Now they call it “Going Yard.” Unless, of course, your announcer is Chris (Annoying) Berman with “It’s going back back back back (add more).”
But, as much as I am glad baseball is almost here, I’m not going to talk about Baseball or Going Yard or how the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to finally break their record for consecutive losing seasons.
I HAVE A DIFFERENT YARD IN MIND
Over the past two months I have been preaching a series on “Beliefs Under Construction.” I’d like to thank all of you who have prayed during this time. God has really been present, in spite of the pastor’s feeble efforts. I approached the series as though I was building a house. Here is a recap of the series:
A Never-Ending Project=Phil.1:1-11 (emphasis on verse 6)
Something to Follow (Blueprints)=The Bible.
Wiring=The Holy Spirit.
Heating/AC=Heaven and Hell.
The final sermon is the yard. A big, big yard. A BIG, BIG YARD!! After the house is built, the yard is the last thing that gets our attention, except for all the little things that need done. We are not done building our house, the church is not building its house, if we don’t see the yard. If you have any doubt what I mean, check out this Scripture. The yard surrounds the church building, but in this case I am not talking about the green, green grass of home. I AM talking about the fields that are ripe for harvest.
I’m excited to be co-preaching this message with another man. Last October I began to feel like we needed to branch out, especially more into our community. But I knew I needed help. God knew that and in November brought Brett and Beth to us. He had been working full-time, as well as preaching at a little country church for three years, and needed a break. They began to worship with us and I felt God saying, “Ask them.” So I did… and they turned me down.
Did I hear God right? Seriously?
So I prayed some more. One Sunday Brett asked to go out to eat with me and talk. He said, “Yes” this time. This Sunday, he is going to introduce the idea in his half of the message. I will lay the groundwork with the No/Yes story, then present again our Purpose (to bring fame to the Name of Jesus); Mission and Vision. I give you the links so you can look if you want. Frankly, I don’t want to pastor a church of navel-gazers. There are too many people beyond our walls who need to be loved (and if possible hear about Jesus).
Thanks again for your prayers. Do you have a big, big yard or is yours a little postage stamp (spiritually speaking)?