Those in my church have probably figured this out by now, but I am a series preacher. I believe series tap into the episodic nature by which we function. A series also gives you a period of time in which to explore an overarching biblical narrative.
The summer months in church can be a powerful experience. When people are in town, they often have more down time than during the school year. Life seems to slow just a bit and we pause to take in moments of Sabbath. In preaching, summer is a good time to do some different things. My first summer series this year is entitled Unsung Heroes.
The Bible is a fascinating book that is filled with people whose lives have much to teach about us about ourselves and God. Many of these teachers get very little attention or are buried in books of the Bible most probably don’t read on a regular basis, if ever.
In life, it’s often the people we least expect who teach us the most about life. It’s often the people we don’t know or expect who bring about social change.Great movements are started by people who get none of the spotlight. The great work of God is often carried by the people in the trenches, the faithful servants who live out God’s call day after day.
We will begin on the day of Pentecost with the Holy Spirit and over the following weeks look at Gideon, Jairus, Deborah, the daughters of Zelophehad, and an unnamed woman in Luke’s Gospel. I hope to see you in church or if you are not in the area, you can listen online at http://sandyspringscc.org/index.php/hear-recent-sermons
As we begin this series, I encourage you to think about those people who have been the unsung heroes in your journey. This may be a good time to reach out to those people with a note, call, text or whatever to say thank you. Also consider whose journey you may be impacting without even recognizing it. You never know what difference you may make.