Thursday, January 17, 2013

End of the world sermon series

This Sunday, January 20 I am starting a new sermon series called, “Is this the End?”  The end of the world is a topic that has fascinated and frightened humans for centuries.  For the next three weeks we will take a thoughtful look at this topic.  We’re most interested in what Jesus taught his followers.  
This fascination with the end of the world is certainly not something new.  Did you know that 634 years before the birth of Jesus many Romans feared that their city would be destroyed in the 120th year of its founding?  There was a myth that twelve eagles had revealed to Romulus a mystical number representing the lifetime of Rome—some Romans believe that the eagle represented 10 years—thus the city would be destroyed in 120 years.  Panic . 

This fascination with the end of the world is in a certain way very funny—but it’s also sad and harmful to the church.  I’ve had people share with me that they were damaged as children by their church because of the church’s insistence that the end of the world was near.  This fascination with the end of the world has caused people outside the church to believe that followers of Jesus Christ are strange.  A person can believe that Jesus is returning and still be a thoughtful follower of Jesus Christ.   

We mailed over 500 cards about this series to people who live near our property.  Would you pray that some will attend worship on Sunday.   

One way you can generate publicity about this sermon series is by going to our congregation’s Facebook page.  People are sharing some questions they would like answered in a sermon on the “End of the World.”  Share a question at:!/chainoflakeschurch?fref=ts 

If you live in the north Metro I encourage you to come to worship on Sunday.  We will give you the tools to help understand all the “buzz” around the topic of the end of the world.  I can promise that you will learn something new and what you learn will be helpful to your faith.

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