C’est fini! It’s all over! It’s finished! The end of studies and writings about the Corinthian letters. Am I glad about that? You bet! This experience was a little bit like a previous study in Ecclesiastes – very interesting and enlightening, but filled with so many conversations about difficult and dark topics that it feels good to move on and read something different!
But I hope this has been a good experience for you and for the church. Many people have been very expressive and kind in comments about the series.
Yes, we have issues as sinners in this world. I’m a mess; you’re a mess. But as we’ve been saying weekly, we also have answers – thanks to the inspired writings of Paul and the work of the Spirit of God through the Word. There is a balance. As our old friend Chris used to often say, “We are more deeply sinful and flawed than we ever imagined, but more loved and forgiven that we could have ever hoped for.”
So even as we recognize in our own church family in our own context in the tri-state area that we can be like the Corinthians at times, we have greater resources to move toward godly living together and toward the end of being lights that shine for God in a darkened world.
This will mark the end of devotional writings to accompany a sermon series for quite a while – likely until September. The upcoming schedule does not lend toward writings, and beyond that I confess to needing a bit of a break from it. I may write a few isolated devotional thoughts on the topics being covered or whatever else drives me to the keyboard.
The next five weeks will feature individual topics from a missionary guest, a sermon each from Tim and Trent, and two from me.
The summer series will be called “The Dog Days of Deep Doctrine” and will be a review of the 10 points of the theological statement of the Evangelical Free Church of America – our denominational fellowship.
The fall series will be called “Reflections on the Christian Life.” I’m really looking forward to sharing nine themes that are my life-experience summaries of the big ideas about what living for the Lord is all about.
Don’t forget to read the Scriptures over the summer! And you can also go back to previous series and writings on this page – either as a first time through them or to review some other portions of Scripture. There are now a total of 1,304 devotionals on this website.
So, unless I lose you to the summer moon above, I’ll see you in September. (If you’re younger than a Baby Boomer, ask someone from my generation what that means!)