Final F.E.E.D. Sermon
Christian ponder guy By Pastor Joe
It is hard to image we are now almost half way through 2021! We are only 180 days away from celebrating Christmas. Ok, I will not focus on something more than 5 months from now. This week Janet had her first pre-organizational brain-storming solo session for Christmas Café. I will stay focused on the “now”. One of the main purposes of these weekly articles is for me to share my observations and thinking on issues related to this local church and the greater body of Christ. I do try and keep articles seasonal. I will try and not talk about snowmobiling in June, nor will I talk about a water baptismal service at Assembly Park Camp in January. I am believing though for at least 50 from our local fellowship to attend on July 4th! Next year I think our fellowship goal should be 75. Part of my training from pastors who taught me valuable lessons in church growth, was to never settle for the status quo! First, let me clearly state nothing takes the place of prayer, fasting and witnessing (sharing your personal testimony). All of the greatest ideas for real church growth will be short lived, if we neglect the obvious spiritual disciplines just mentioned. Tommy Barnett has always said the method of outreach is not sacred, it is the message which is sacred! You probably have noticed by now this article is touching on a number of subjects. I even titled this article "Christian ponder guy" which is a play on words. For those of you who like sports, as I do, Christian Ponder was the starting quarterback with the Minnesota Vikings from 2011 thru 2014. He had a difficult journey while playing for the Purple, many blamed him for the team’s poor performance. He was responsible for some of the results, yet since then a few new quarterbacks did not fare well with the same offensive line. Quarterbacks, Sam Bradford, Case Keenum and Teddy Bridgewater were often found running for their lives. You can be the greatest QB or the best pastor, but if you don't have a team surrounding you, your success will be limited. Christian Ponder is also a follower of Jesus, and he has been very open in public about his faith. One day while listening to a local sports/talk radio broadcast, the announcer was discussing listeners’ monikers. A moniker is a name given to callers rather than using their real names. Everyone’s moniker ends with "guy". One of the regular caller’s moniker is "Packer guy", obviously we know what he is all about. So, I chose Christian ponder guy, which is to support one of my favorite QB's, but more importantly tells the world I am a Christian, and often you will find me "pondering" world view issues in light of what the Scriptures say. I hope in some small way I am able to use my pondering to help reveal truth to those who listen to me. I think about Solomon and his writings in the book of Ecclesiastes, where we find him pondering a number of subjects. Often, we find him exasperated by his observations of subjects such as: life, people, prosperity and possessions. The list goes on, yet in the final outcome Solomon says something very profound which we should consider. It is found in Ecclesiastes 12:9-13: "Keep this in mind: The Teacher was considered wise, and he taught the people everything he knew. He listened carefully to many proverbs, studying and classifying them. The Teacher sought to find just the right words to express truths clearly. The words of the wise are like cattle prods—painful but helpful. Their collected sayings are like a nail-studded stick with which a shepherd drives the sheep. But, my child, let me give you some further advice: Be careful, for writing books is endless, and much study wears you out. That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad. Pastor Joe's conclusion:
the final test will be Pass or Fail!