Sun, 29 April 2012
April 29, 2012
Celebrating Our Faith Story
Synopsis: If you’ve not come to the place in your life where you can celebrate your life story in worship, then I would suggest you are not where you should be. Your spiritual life should bring you into the presence of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and not lead you away from the Lord.
Amazing Grace is John Newton’s story presented as a celebration of his faith story. It is open and honest not unlike any true faith story. Let’s be honest, we don’t always get it right. His song resonates in our soul and becomes a true expression of those who sing it still.
William J. Bausch in Storytelling: Imagination and Faith (a book on the study of parables) has a chapter on “Spirituality and Story.” In it he defines six connections between story and “sanctity.”
The Psalms are full of examples of David’s story bringing him into the presence of God in worship. They include praise and thanksgiving but also confession and repentance. David’s prayers spring from the depths of his hungering, often hurting, frightened soul. It was David’s story that brought him into the presence of the Lord God in worship.
Scripture Text (NLT): Psalms 100, 1 Chronicles 16:1-36; Psalm 51:7-11, 54:1-2, 55:1-2, 62:11-12, 65:1-4
Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:7-11
Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760
Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed
Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.