Welcome to The Monday Morning Mess!
You see, one of the things that I do is pulpit supply. I am not (yet) a pastor of a church, however I am pleased to serve the local association (The Three Rivers Baptist Association) by doing pulpit supply for churches who are in need. I was driving home a couple of Sundays ago and thought I could write a sort-of “recap” blog post about my sermon/pulpit supply experience and post it on Mondays. There is one thing that I am going to steer clear of in doing this: labeling my sermon good or not. Why? God’s Word will never return to Him without first accomplishing His intended purposes (Isaiah 55:10-11).
With that being said, let’s get started…
Yesterday (August 5, 2018), I preached on 1 Peter 3:1-7, and it was a joy to preach on, as well as a bit weird during the sermon prep. I’m honestly not sure why, but it just was. Before the sermon today, the young man who runs the sound booth showed my children the pull rope that makes the church bells ring, a rope that’s tied up right next to the doors into the sanctuary. A rope that, until today, I had never noticed before. I couldn’t stop staring at it during the sermon. It was weird.
There were no outwards responses to the Gospel today, i.e., no one came forward for prayer or anything, however, I think it is too be expected at this church. I’ve preached there the last six Sundays in a row, and will do so for another three, which will give me a total of twelve preaching engagements at this church. Most of the people each Sunday are the same basic crowd, but, each Sunday I am reminded of the conversion story of Charles Spurgeon, who went to a small church on a snowy Lord’s day, when the pastor never showed (probably snowed in), one of the men gave a short sermon, which began the process of Spurgeon seeking after the God who called him to his calling: Preaching the Word. One of these days, there will be someone who hears the Gospel and will forever be changed by the power of God.
In the sermon, the Gospel was clearly portrayed to the people.
So, yea, this was my first Monday Morning Mess, yea, I think that’s what I might call it. We’ll go with that until I (or my wife) thinks of something better.
I hope you enjoy my ramblings!