As I drove south on highway 27, as I've done hundreds of times on the way to the office, I was gripped by the reality that this is my last week at Antioch. Yikes!
I'm thinking, how do you wrap up an incredible eight year ministry with one sermon and a potluck meal? There is so much I want to say, so many lessons learned, so many people to thank, so many funny stories to tell (maybe I'll blog about my top 3 later this week). I want this last message to be special but then again, I'm doing what I've been doing every Sunday for the last six plus years - I'm preaching the Word of God in hopes that people will be drawn into a deeper relationship with Jesus.
As I drove to the church this morning I was unsure of what I would speak about. I've been in a series on David but I've been tempted to end the series and craft a special message for the grand finale. Well...by mid morning God had brought me to a passage of scripture that will allow me to do both. I'm staying in the series on David but the message will also allow me to share bits and pieces of my God story. It's a rarity that I'm this far along on a message by Monday evening but then again, this is good, as I have a lot of people I would like to spend time with this week...if time allows.
If you want to read ahead, the passage I plan to preach from is 2 Samuel 23:1-7. I've asked Drew Hamilton (one of our college students) to read the text as I open up. It's been a blessing to watch him grow and mature in Christ and think the world of this kid. I want him to play a part in this service because whether he knows it or not, God is going to use him to do mighty things for the kingdom. I think he would make a great minister:)
See you Sunday for the grand finale.