Sermon Series

This Sunday we'll begin a series of sermons on some special characters in the Bible. We begin with Ruth, who was one of the most important ancestors of King David. From there we'll go to David, himself. After those two Old Testament characters, we'll look at some New Testament people who present us with images of the people who shaped and formed the faith we celebrate as Christians.

All these persons we'll study have one thing in common: their hardships and brokenness. Out of their failures, difficulties, and ordeals will come something of the essence of the faith we claim. None of the characters will be people you would expect to shape any of history, but all have done so in unique and individual ways.

One of the beautiful and unusual things of our faith is that is a faith which tells the stories of people who suffered loss, endured hardships, and experienced the same kinds of dilemmas and trials we experience in our own lives. Out of the lives of cheats, liars, crazy people, prostitutes, sick and lame persons, and even murderers grow the formative stories which shape our understanding of the God whose love is so great that no barrier of life can overcome His great loving power to reshape even the most broken human beings into persons who change history through their commitment of their brokenness to God's transforming power.

When you look at the history of our faith, it is not just a history of great people, but it is often a history of ordinary and broken people who overcame through giving themselves into God's hands. That should have great meaning to all of us.

Each Sunday we come together as ordinary people in need of God's transforming power. And, as we give ourselves to His power, miracles occur: miracles of life which give us the ability to get through today, help someone in need, feed a hungry child, open a door for a lonely soul. All these little ordinary miracles which are happening in our lives are the same kinds of miracles we see in the Bible.

So, come and join us these next weeks as we take a look at some ordinary lives which transformed human history through God's grace. Amazingly, much in those lives will be found in our own. You see, we are the same as Ruth, David, Peter, Paul, Mary of Magdala, and the Woman at The Well. We are heirs of the same Grace which touched them, and through that same Grace, we can change our world as they did theirs.

Curtis Rivers
July 18, 2009

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