I usually feel a certain passion
for every message I teach however this morning I felt a heavy burden. I sensed that God truly wanted to
speak to our church. I was
especially convicted to pray that we listen. I can’t read minds but it seemed like the prayer is
answered. The subject of sin
is heavy anyway but I believe we must not ever allow the burden of it to
leave our preaching/teaching otherwise we lose the power of the gospel.
The worship was good and not just
musically. Josh Maze led us
to worship – not just sing songs.
I believe worship is a choice and even we don’t feel like it we
still ought to worship. This
morning was like catching a wave – we all seemed to get caught up in it.
There is something about people
working together that makes you believe the impossible can be possible. Casey
& Courtney Young the couple who leads our singles ministry saw a young
lady trust Christ and choose baptism from within the singles class – in the
middle of his message! This
is not the result of a hero overcoming weaknesses in the church; this is
an empowered teammate being used by God just as 10-15 people trusted Chris
in the worship service happening down the hall. This is God is working through people – not just
through a single person!
The young lady who was baptized
felt compelled not to delay her obedience so our team raced to set up a
baptism on the back lawn and the church body gathered around in
support. It was a beautiful
picture of family. We all
need a family and Highpoint truly is a family!
Just before bed my 5yr old quoted
Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” I
was proud that he knew his Bible verse but much more than that is he
understood that God made him and that’s what makes him valuable. This is the truth that sin
attempts to steal. With the
faith of a child I was reminded and thankful again that I too am fearfully
and wonderfully made and of value to God that He would send Jesus to
ensure I have hope. It is the
truth we need.
pray that these reflections encourage you and raise your expectation for next