Just These Thoughts My Friends...
One of the first statements made by the professor of my seminary preaching class, you know the class meant to shape us all into the next generation of Billy Grahams, was that the average person in the pew hears about one out of every three words we say. It was eye opening, to say the least. Thank goodness none of you here at Rock would be considered “average.” I bet you hear at least half of the words your pastors share with you. As you can see, I have held onto this sage advice, and have attempted to say what I feel led to say well, and with some efficiency. I am still working at being better with both. Preaching is always a “work in progress.”
In the past twenty plus years since that comment was made, there is some thought that, because of the influx of social media, our attention spans have actually declined even more so. Now where was I going with this??? Oh, yes. In an attempt to say as much as possible, while also managing the number of words used, I am going to keep my encouragement simple, and hopefully memorable.
Here is a “not comprehensive” by any means list of what I am referring to as biblical axioms for the church to live by. Feel free to find verses that support each one. The first person to send me a reference for each of these will receive a special reward. :) Also, feel free to add more to this list. Make it your own, and may we all strive to....
Abide no hatred. See NO color! Mend more fences. Quit our meanness. Hug more necks (when social distancing is through). Forgive as we have been forgiven. Judge not! Love more. Love gratuitously! Love selflessly. Love as we have been loved. Say Grace often. Show Grace always. Smile. Listen more. Speak less. Pray. Pray. Pray. Live courageously. Give freely. Bless without bias. Be merciful. Be kind.
And whichever of these things we choose to do, either in word or deed... “Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17c
Your Pastor and Friend!
Dr. Chris Leonard