Summary: A final sermon after a fruitful ministry
Funny things at Pleasant Ridge
I remember asking Steve and Ginger Bailey to get me a crown for a children’s minute from Burger King. They said they would handle it. Right before the sermon, they gave me the package and instead of a Burger King crown, it was a tiarra.
I remember having a children’s minute with a young boy. I asked, “What does God really want from us?” The boy said, “He wants our money.”
Crystal and I enjoyed doing Uncle Lewis and Aunt Bethany for the plays.
“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 8:15, NIV. New Living Translation says it like this, “So I recommend having fun”
Reminiscing is a good thing to do. Longest ministry is here.
Food, fun and fellowship is good. Want to talk about somethings that are deeper than this about Pleasant Ridge. They all focus on words that begin with the letter “F.” Already talked about fun.
Thesis: Foundation, Family, Finances and Future
I remember growing up as a boy at Coburn Corners Church of Christ near St. Joe, IN. I remember going to Sunday school and learning about the basics of the Bible. Once a year, when everyone was to move to the next class, we would get up and quote some Scripture or reenact a Bible story or sing a song. My family was always there Sunday morning and Sunday evening. Coburn Corners had a big thing on Wednesday nights called “JAM”, Jesus and me. We would have a lesson and then do fun things as a group kind of like our youth group/ family ministry. We were always involved in VBS. Got a good foundation in the Bible from Coburn Corners.
This church is much the same way. Take children to Sunday school and I know they are being taught the Bible. If take children to morning and evening worship and then to youth group/ family ministry they will get a good foundation. Add on Wednesday nights and the foundation just grows stronger and deeper. All for fun but the world offers fun and we cannot compete with that. Need to make the teaching enjoyable and fun but need to emphasize the importance of the Scriptures and Christ. Even though I did not make my decision to follow Jesus into the watery grave of baptism until we moved away, the foundation was there. Where did I learn the importance of baptism, from Coburn Corners. “the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15, NIV.
Something I think I could have emphasized more is having devotions together as a family. I often open up the Bible at our home and this is where the best teaching is done. “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” 2 Timothy 1:5, NIV.