It turns out that my sermon didn’t record this past Sunday. I use Sound Cloud to capture the audio and it froze on me as I was beginning my introduction. So, here’s an outline of the sermon:
“Why Go to Church” 1 Kings 8:1-43
Delivered to Church for the Highlands
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Intro: Worship House Media film: Reasons People Don’t Go to Church
Text: 1 Kings 8:1-11,22-30,41-43
Big Idea: Some reasons to go to church are . . .
1. To Be Seen
v.29–Solomon prayed that God’s eyes would be open night and day toward those who gathered in the house of God.
“In his book The Pastor, Eugene Peterson describes his wife Jan’s understanding of what it means to be a pastor’s wife. As I read Peterson’s words, I was struck with how apt the description was not only for pastor’s wives but for all Christians as they enter fully into the life of the body of Christ.
And so, I would like to modify Peterson’s words slightly and substitute church member for pastor’s wife. See if you don’t think this is a good description of what life in the church should be:
Being a church member is a vocation, a way of life. It means participation in an intricate web of hospitality, living at the intersection of human need and God’s grace, inhabiting a community where men and women who don’t fit are welcomed, where neglected children are noticed, where the stories of Jesus are told, and people who have no stories find that they do have stories, stories that are part of the Jesus story. Being a church member places us strategically yet unobtrusively at a heavily trafficked intersection between heaven and earth.”