Men have long been notorious for both getting lost and then for not asking for directions. But not anymore. Now you hardly ever hear of men driving miles out of the way, the wrong way, circling the town for the third time, or hear the wife advising, "Honey, just pull over here at the gas station and ask for directions." Since the advent of GPS and MapQuest those days are gone forever. Praise the Lord!
Years ago when GPS's first appeared on the scene they flew off the store shelves. And no wonder with the prospect of knowing where you are and knowing where you're going, never having to even think about asking for directions or hear those words from the wife. If you could afford a GPS you bought one. If you couldn't afford one at the time, all you had to do was wait until your birthday or Christmas and it was a guaranteed gift from you wife.
Whether you are male or female, single or married, you can still relate to being lost and/or needing directions. Even in our high-tech age, GPSs and MapQuests on your phone sometimes don't work or they give you bad directions. And, My goodness, finding the store or place of business is most of the time the least of your problems. We need directiions for life: How to be happy; how to love my wife/husband; how to be a single and Christian at the same time in this culture; how to parent your teen; how to live as a Christian in HigySchool/College; how to have a relationship with God/ and the list goes on and on.
It's not new, and it's not high-tech, but it is true and it works: The Word of God, the Holy Bible has abeen around a long time but is still as relevant and practical and helpful as ever in giving people direction for life. The Holy Spirit used one of the wisest men of all time, Solomon, to convey His heart on finding our way in this world, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5, 6).
The Bible, the Holy Spirit and our relationship with Him, helps us to navigate the twists and turns of this life. We've always had questions, needed directions. We were just hesitant to stop and ask, not willing to admit to someone wlse that we needed help, or just stubborn enough to try to figure it out on our own. But we need to see that asking God for directions is as easy, convenient, and non-ego-threatening as asking our GPS. God answers us through His Word, relationship with Him, and relationships with fellow believers.
Directions--how to get from here to there successfully. God provides the drecttions for life in abundant fashion, making both the trip and destination that which gives glory to His name. All we have to do is follow the directions given. May we do so joyfully.
Faith, Hope and Love, Scott
How do we live out and share with others this Good News? From John 3:16 we see 3 aspects of the Gospel/Good News:
1. LOVE — “God is Love” (1 John 4:8) God shares His incredible, unconditional, powerful love with us. As it says, “For God so loved the world.”
2. FAITH — We believe, have faith, in God and His promises. We are called to be believers, not doubters. This is an active faith. “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 4:7).
3. LIFE - God is Life - “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). We were dead, separated from God because of our sins, but through Jesus Christ, He made us alive! (see Eph. 2:1-6).
We see this good news, this love, faith, and life lived out and shared with others through all the things we do and say as a church:
Prayer, Worship, Learning (Christian Ed), Fellowship, Service, Evangelism (see Acts 2:42-47)
In closing, let me again mention a couple of new things that are coming up in the life of our church. First, you will see the current Session of our church, the elders, briefly kneeling in prayer at the altar just prior to the beginning of Sunday morning worship. This is to humble ourselves before the Lord and request His blessings upon our worship, our church, our families, our nation, and any current church need. We hope you will join us in prayer from the pews as we prepare our hearts for wor-ship, and ask for God’s hand of blessing.
Second, the Billy Graham, My Hope America training session is coming up on Sunday, July 28, at 7pm. Please be in prayer for this outreach ministry where people of our church will invite others to their home to hear the gospel presented. We’ll share more about this ministry at worship and in depth at the training session. Let me know if you’re interested.
It is indeed a privilege and joy to live out and share this glorious Good News with you, the Spring Creek Church family, on a daily basis. God is blessing us beyond measure and it is exciting to consider what He will do in our midst in the future.
In Christ’s Great Love,