Like I do each week, I've made yesterday's teaching available in a shorter video on my YouTube channel so you can review it, but also to share with people on social media or by email. (Subscribe to the channel and click the bell icon to get notified every time I upload a new video.)
This week's message is especially important for this time. I believe God is calling us to carry the Kingdom of Heaven into the midst of the brokenness.
Often we think solutions to global problems need to be huge. I think they need to be personal. This is why you don't hear me proclaiming political or cultural solutions. That's not to say we shouldn't engage politically or culturally. To the contrary, be good citizens. But remember, we can't change the heart of a nation without changing the hearts of its citizens.
Laws may guide those with good hearts, and limit the actions of those with bad hearts. But laws don't change hearts. Likewise, protests may preach the need for change and sway decision makers, but protests don't change hearts. That's why we see such division. That's why people have more energy for fighting than or fixing what's wrong.
The scripture that guides me is Colossians 1:28-29, We proclaim Christ, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end we strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in us.
The gospel is wisdom for what's broken. And it's power for what's weak.
"We proclaim Christ." Be encouraged this week to do the same. Let everything you say or post or do "proclaim Christ" as the first and most reliable solution. Carry the Kingdom of Heaven in your heart by being obedient to love, submitted to gratitude and joy, and assured by peace. Then carry it to those who are nearest you who seem to need it:
Pray for them. Serve them. Love them. Bring joy to them. Make peace with them. Encourage them. Lead them to faith. Encourage them to faithfulness. Be the gospel to them. Proclaim Christ.
Who in your circle needs hope and encouragement today? Who in your circle seems broken today? Would you share this week's video with them?
Watch the video and when your heart says Amen to it, click the "Share" button and post it to your social media, or send it in a private message or email with a personal note.
If the person is a believer, they will be reminded of what's important in this broken time. If they are not a believer (or have wandered from the faith) this will tell them how they can fix what's so broken inside them!
Let's bring the Kingdom of Heaven near those who are near each of us today. Let's begin the conversation with them.
It's easy to have a moment on Sunday where we feel inspired, but then wake up Monday and start looking for the next moment of inspiration. Today, I'm asking you to fan the flame of yesterday's inspiration so that it is Today's inspiration. Let it be said that when we come near anyone, "the Kingdom of Heaven has come near."
Today, carry the Kingdom of Heaven into the midst of brokenness.
Today, heal the sick.
Today, raise the dead.
Today, cleanse the leprous.
Today, drive out demons.
Today, let's fix the brokenness.
Pastor of Sarasota Community Church since 2009.