TransitionsWritten by FBCLA Staff on Aug 06, 2016 in About UsBlogChristian Education Dept.Church OutreachSermons - No Comments
August marks a time of transition. Summer is fading. Fall is near. If you have not had a chance to take your vacation, it’ll have to be rushed because school starts shortly. There are back to school sales by retailers. Churches are preparing for the return of its parishioners after a summer break. Pastors are sneaking in last minute retreats and vacations. Our nation is in the home stretch of a presidential election season.
We are a nation and a people in flux. Although we may be in flux, God is not in flux, even if we are. God is the same, yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). God longs for our worship. God is clear that the kind of worship that brings joy to God leads to a life that demonstrates God’s peace and restoration.
As we continue our various transitions, we’ll need faith to help us to navigate our way. We have been learning this valuable trait and gift during our sermon series in the book of Joshua, a book that chronicles the transformation of the children of Israel as they transitioned from the wilderness to the promised land. In the third installment on July 17, we were encouraged by the faith of Rahab, a harlot, a lady of the night in how she trusted God for her salvation and was used by God to save others.
Another important lesson concerning faith came during the sermon on “Crossing Jordan” taken from Joshua 3. We each have our Jordans to cross. The Jordan River represents a place of transition and transformation. The Jordan River experience also requires another level of faith because it is at the banks of the Jordan where we run the risk of being embarrassed and drowned. Crossing the Jordan requires consecration and trusting God, and our participation.
God invites us to partner with God in the transforming journey that will prepare us for the next phase of her ministry. However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him. (I Cor 2:9).