Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Back in the Saddle

A mutant amalgamation of Gene Autry’s and Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle Again” is the song that came to mind as I was thinking about this Sunday. When preaching through books as I do, sometimes it is necessary to take a break—especially through long books like John. Sometimes those breaks are necessary because of the attention span of pastor and/or people. But most of the time they come about because of events on the calendar like holidays.

At Brushfork, I started preaching through the book of John back in July. We had made it all the way through the third chapter when we were overtaken by the Christmas season. After five weeks away, we’re now ready to start up again in chapter 4.

I have been looking forward to preaching through this chapter for months. Evangelism will dominate the first few weeks as it will take a few sermons to work our way through the Woman at the Well passage. Then we will spend a few weeks diving into the rich subject of worship as we dwell on Jesus’ words in John 4:21-24. We will then take a couple more weeks to finish the chapter as we see Jesus’ evangelistic teaching to His disciples and the fruit that is harvested in Samaria. If the Lord wills, we will finish the chapter in March, so I can’t wait to get started.


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