Scripture Text: Nehemiah 8:8-12
Sermon: "Do Not Weep!"
Below is a summary of the sermon:
Sports are fun, and college football is the pinnacle of sports. The pageantry, the atmosphere, the fun surrounding the game; all make college football the most complete sporting experience. On game day a major college campus is buzzing with an excitement and energy that are difficult to ignore...Yet it's just a game as all sports are. People get really excited about entertainment because we all need a "pick-me-up" from life. So why is it church is often described as boring, dull, guilt-ridden, and irrelevant? Isn't church to be a gathering of encouragement and celebration of God's love?
In the text, God's people have rediscovered the Law. Their natural response is to weep out of guilt, anxiety, and despair; however, God's wish was for them to celebrate a new day of grace in God's love. In fact, the OT has several instituted festival days for God's people to rest, rejoice, and recreate. The gathering of God's people was to build up and encourage: The gathering of believers in worship is to celebrate!
Sunday we celebrate the Lord's Supper: We celebrate God's ultimate act of love through Jesus Christ, and we are to rejoice! Let's make no mistake...sin, stress, sadness are all real; however, God's love triumphs over all. And, that IS good news.
It's time to celebrate.