This is the outline of the first sermon I preached after the fire in our church building
This morning, we are drifting. We are adrift right now, not in sin, but in uncertainty. We need an anchor to hold us steady, and that is who it has always been--Jesus.
As we face the backside of our tragedy this morning, we have a lot of anxiety; many fears; and many worries. We have a lot of questions:
- What happened?
- What’s next?
- What’s going to happen?
- What’s going to be our long-term plans?
- We must run the race--we are on a journey. What has happened has been tragic, for sure, but it happens to us as one point, one phase, of the race we are running.
- We must run this race with perseverance. In races, many obstacles can creep in. Athletes may become inured. Facilities may be destroyed. But the race must be finished. We must meet, and overcome, those obstacles, with perseverance.
- We must fix our eyes on Jesus--he is the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. He is our anchor point in times of drifting!
- We must not grow weary and lose heart--our lives, our faith, is always about Jesus, not us. Our facilities, our buildings, our personal items lost, are very dear and important to us. But we must never forget that we live to glorify the name of Jesus!
- We must remember we are looking for a city that is yet to come! Our hope is always in the future, in the culmination and fulfillment of God’s plan of redemption in Jesus.
- Be patient with the process of moving forward.
- Focus on our togetherness. WE are the church. We have the opportunity to live out what we always talk about--the church is not the building, but the people, us. WE are the church, we are still together, and nothing will be able to separate us from not only each other, but from God himself.
- Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus...always.