Been wondering lately why we live, especially as a Christian, what is the point of my being here? Can’t He just take me home now?
Looking over my notes from today’s sermons at Emmanuel and the answer to my question is plain.
In the morning we looked at Isaiah 61:1-3:
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed meto bring good news to the poor;he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim liberty to the captives,and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,and the day of vengeance of our God;to comfort all who mourn;to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,the oil of gladness instead of mourning,the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;that they may be called oaks of righteousness,the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.`
- Christ: The Anointed. We are assured that Christ could never had sinned, he was perfect. Shrouded in humanity (a potential for imperfection), through Spirit of the LORD’s power, he was absolutely sinless.
- Christ: The Proclaimer… People were compelled to listen to Christ, he obviously wasn’t just some crazy lunatic! Through his words, Jesus preached the church into existence: The foolishness of the cross turned the world upside-down. Again, he did this through the Spirit of the LORD.
- …To Us. This message is specifically aimed at the poor in Spirit, the broken-hearted, those humble. It is awful what life does to us, but we look to a Spirit-empowered Christ who dealt with the real problem: sin.
- God’s People are Called to Place Worship at the Centre of Their Lives.
- God’s People have to be Concerned for the Conformity of Worship.
- God’s People Must Avoid Being Contemptuous at Worship.
The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
I’m preaching on Sunday night and it keeps hitting me how scary a prospect this actually is. I’m full of doubts, Will I mess up? will I say something blasphemous? will I just get the whole thing wrong??? I’ve got so many worries and fears about the whole thing. This isn’t my first time, but I have these constant worries before each sermon.
I spent some time with my pastor today and just had a chat about these things and also various questions about the atonement.
The first thing is that I need to remember that the sermon is not all about me. All those questions I had, began with me, the worries focus around myself; Will I, What if I etc. But it does not rely on me – it relies on God, it relies on the Holy Spirit speaking. Yes, if I’m living a life that contradicts what is being exposed from the Scripture then I need to reassess myself, I need first and foremost to preach to myself – I need to deal with myself first, and God will help me do that. Not only help me, but he will do it.
The second things is that though I am a weak, frail, earthen vessel and God is my strong tower (Psalm 61:3). Just look at Peter, even after denying his Lord, he spoke so powerfully during Pentecost! As Spurgeon walked up to his church he would say with every step, “I believe in the Holy Spirit”. I need to believe that God will presence himself in the expounding of his Word. I need to believe and trust him in that.
There’s a lot more to it than that, but today I pray that I’ll learn these two things more – that it isn’t all about how I perform, and that I need to trust God and hold him to his Word – he will be with me, he will help me, he will give me the grace while I speak his most amazing Word.