Summary: This is an evangelistic service searching for real satisfaction. Have you found it?
I can’t get no satisfaction.
John 6:35. I am the Bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
The year was 1984 a BBC documentary by Michael Burke hit our screens it was the famine in Ethiopia, this Documentary brought home the true horror of the situation in Ethiopia to people here in Britain. On November 25th 1984 Bob Geldof set about with 40 other pop stars of his generation to release a record called “Feed the world”. He expected to raise $72.000. It became the best selling record ever with over 3 million copies sold; he raised 8 million pounds worldwide awareness of the plight of Ethiopia
Since that day we continually see situations in our media where people are going without basic necessities like food and water as famine and starvation hits a nation decimating millions of men women and children.
But today I want to raise awareness of the need in our own land not a famine of food and water in the physical sense but something far more eternal a famine of the word of God and as a result as we look upon our nation we will see signs spiritual undernourishment.
The defunct cultural magazine THE FACE put it like this, ” young Britain is a schizoid manic depressive with bomb site self esteem, our status as the most boozed up, drugs skewed, pregnancy prone wasters in Europe is pretty much unchallenged. Mark Greene of the L.I.C.C said about the need in our nation, “You don’t have to be a Christian to be concerned about the state of our country, you just have to be awake.”
We live today in a spiritually bankrupt nation, that is seeking real satisfaction as the 60’s pop group the Rolling Stones sang, “I can’t get no satisfaction.” Or the lyrics of U2 hit “I still haven’t found what I am looking for” both these songs lyrics really hit the heart beat of the nation. I believe the lyrics underline a deep rooted problem in our society, an endless quest for satisfaction in life. A hunger is evident for real meaningful satisfaction in life...... Yet time and time again whatever people pour their energies into whether its fame – money – pleasure – possessions – family - yet even with all this there still appears to be a really lack of satisfaction in many people’s lives today...
A few quotes.
Freddie Mercury in one of his songs entitled, “Does anybody know what were living for?”
John Rockefeller once said, “I have made millions, but they have brought me no happiness. I would barter them all for the days I sat on a office stool in Cleveland and count myself rich on $3 dollars a week.”
Victoria Wood “I’m terribly torn about being born. What is the whole thing about?
Boris Becker said I had won Wimbledon twice before, once as the youngest player. I was rich . I had all the material possessions I needed; money, cars, women, everything.....I know that this is a cliché . It’s
the old song of the movie and pop stars who commit suicide. They have everything, and yet they are so un happy....I had no inner peace. I was a puppet on a string.
Kenneth Williams (found written in the Diary day after death.) “I wonder if anyone will know the emptiness of my life.”
Bob Geldof speaking after the suicide of former wife Paula Yates. Said. “Life without love is pointless” In the last five years of the 20th century has been “universes of grief and deserts of emptiness. He also said “There is this blank hole inside and it never goes away.” source Readers digest
Kurt Cobain story with Nirvana successful/ who left a child and a wife/ suicide note; April 8th 1994. “I can’t fool you, any one of you; it simply isn’t fair to you or me. The worst crime I can think of would be to rip people off by faking it, and pretending as if I am having 100% fun.”
Princess Diana said, “Being a princess is not all its cracked up to be.”
Want to tell you a little story about a little 5 year old boy it was his first day at school, this little boy had one goal in life to have as much fun as possible. He was really excited and filled with apprehension being his first day at school but he was determined to have fun at all cost. Mum kissed him goodbye at the school gate and then she returned home to continue running the home. Well at about lunch time there was a familiar knock at the door it was her son returning home, mother exclaimed “What are you doing here?” “ I’ve quit school!” came the reply, “Why?” said mum, “It’s too hard, to long, and to boring” replied the boy Mother retorted in love, “ we need to get back on the bus you’ve just described life!”