I’m really excited about an experiment we are doing in the month of August.
We start a new sermon series called “let’s get legit.”
During the next four weeks our congregation will ask some of life’s toughest questions and then have a conversation around them.
It will be interesting to see how our people respond to this series and how it includes them in this whole teaching process.
Questions, no matter how shocking or arrogant or ignorant or raw, are rooted in humility. A humility that understands that I am not God, there is more to know. Questions bring freedom. Freedom that I don’t have to be God and I don’t have to pretend that I have it all figured out. I CAN LET GOD BE GOD.
In the book of Genesis, God tells Abraham what He is going to with Sodom and Gomorrah, and Abraham fires back, “Will not the ruler of the earth do right?”. Abraham thinks God is in the wrong and the action is not in line with who God is, and Abraham questions Him about it. Actually, they get into a sort of bargaining discussion in which Abraham doesn’t let up. He keeps questioning God. God not only doesn’t get angry, but He seems to engage with Abraham all the more.
What’s the first thing Mary says to the angle who brings her the news that she’s going to be the mother of the Messiah?..”but how can this be? I’m a virgin!”Questions, questions, questions.
What are some of Jesus final words? “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus-on the cross-questioning God.
Most of our Christian experience is the art of questioning God. Not belligerent, arrogant questions that have no respect for our maker, but naked, honest, vulnerable, raw questions arising out of the awe that comes from engaging the living God.
I think that is what God is looking for- people who don’t just sit there and mindlessly accept whatever comes their way, but people who really what to interact with Him in a way that keeps them asking, keeps them seeking and keeps them knocking.
I mean just take a look as far as you can into the universe…..it is unending just like our curiosity should be.
I will blog about our series from week to week to update how it is all working out.