3 Apr

Andy just started a new sermon series on Dealing with Doubt.  Today he said one of the funniest things I have ever heard hime say, and those of you who have listened to him preach know that he is pretty funny.  Anyway, he was talking about when his first big battle with doubts began.  He was in his first year at seminary in TX, and he was thinking about all the things he would miss out on if he was a preacher.  He said, “If I’m a preacher, that means that there is a whole section of women that I’m ruling out because no one wants to marry a preacher, my kids will be preachers kids, and I will never be able to drive a Porsche.”  I never really thought about how not being able to drive a sports car was one of the sacrifices that one would have to make if they made ministry their career.  Poor Andy, he will never be able to drive a Porsche.  It was a good sermon.

He preached from John 6 about the sermon that made many Jesus’ disciples, not the 12 apostles, stop following him.  After many had turned away, Jesus looked at the twelve and said, “You do not want to leave too, do you?”  Then Peter replied, “Lord, to whom shall we go?”  Andy pointed out that everyone is going to have doubts at some point in their walk.  It’s what we do with our doubts that matters.  When Peter saw the crowd turning away from Jesus, he questioned whether or not he wanted to follow the crowd and turn away from Jesus as well.  Then, he thought to himself about all of the other things he could follow instead of Jesus and decided that no matter how hard it was or how unpopular he was, Jesus was the only one who offered him eternal life.  Jesus was the only one worth following. 

Andy also pointed out that turning away from our faith would not answer our questions about Christianity.  We would have the same doubts and questions, but we would no longer have the firm foundation of a life built on the rock.  It was a good sermon.


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  1. kiminchina Sunday, April 3, 2005 at 7:11 pm #

      Good post.  We talked about that same thing in our study a couple of weeks ago.  I’m jealous that you are getting to go to church.  I went yesterday, but it’s kind of different when you only understand 4 or 5 words, and they are “we, beautiful, high, low, and love,” not necessarily in that order.  Talk to you later.Love you.

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