Summary: This was a stand alone sermon given to Cornerstone Christian Church over 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, about finding God's Will for us in our lives.
Pretend to search. --> It's important that you pretend like you forgot something and you can't go on with your sermon without it. Great lead in for the message.
There's a deep truth in the statement that we're all searching for something.... And the funny thing I found is that we all love the chase of searching high and low for whatever it is we're looking for. I need to further back my claim... Do we have any fans of the TV show Criminal Minds? Recently, Erica and I, have started watching Criminal Minds and I've noticed a reoccuring theme -- like, in every single episode -- someone commits a terrible and inhumane crime and a group of trained professionals search and search and search until they find that person or persons who commits the crime. And sense they're on their 9th season, I would say that we, as a people, have an obsession with searching for something... Even if we're not the ones who actually find it.
Every week, Jim and I get asked a similar question -- and this isn't a question that comes in once or twice throughout the week, but this is a question we get ASKED... All. The. Time. -- Which is great, and we want you to keep asking questions, but I felt as if this particular question needed to be addressed from the pulpit.
Sense I know the anctipation of what this question is, is killing you... I'll just go ahead and ask it... What is --- ya know, on second thought... This is a question that every believer will ask and ponder about on numerous occasions in their life. -- Ya ready?
What is God's Will for my life?
You cannot even begin to understand how many times this question has been asked in the last 1.5 years I've been here, and how many more times Jim has been asked that in his 50 years of ministry... And I want to actually thank you all for asking that question, and the impact its' answers have had on my life, and how I've seen God reveal His perfect Will in some amazing lives here at Cornerstone.
It is a question that we ask about, prayer over, spend tons of money trying to achieve degrees, -- all in the hopes that the right answer will revealed in a completely absurd way. We long to hear the audible voice of God or we long to have our own burning bush -- where maybe a grease flare on the grill will give us the exact mission that God has planned for us. --- If any of you go home and grill today, then I know I've achieved something.
Sometimes I wish that God would send me a PDF file in my e-mail that outlines the next 5 years... Ya know, it would be nice to see what our family looks like, any future health issues that may arise, maybe some expected pay increases.... Now that may sound like blasphemy to some, but it is something we wish we had, and if you didn't wish it, now you probably do.
If you would, would you please open up your Bibles to 1 Thessalonians 5.... I'll be reading out of the NIV... and I just know that the NIV is God's Will for your life... If you don't have a Bible, or a smartphone, we'll have the reading on the screens behind me. Please turn to 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28.
12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil. 23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. 25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters. 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.