Monday musings on Sunday’s sermon

After a long hiatus, it has returned…

Sunday was great. I don’t know how many times I can say how much I love CrossPointe. This Sunday we were a little late as we are still trying to gauge the commute to church so we immediately rushed the kids to children’s church and then us into the service. It is pretty cool… the church ALWAYS starts on time. So, if you (or us in this case) are 5 minutes late… you’ve missed the first song… So, yeah, we missed the first song.

The sermon this week was on Ecclesiastes 9 and was throughly refreshing and challenging. Chan spoke about a very touchy subjects for people, namely authority. Specifically he addressed our relation to natural authority and how that reveals a lot about that is in our heart in regards to God’s heavenly authority. It was so refreshing to be reminded that when I grumble about natural authority (like a boss) that I am ultimately grumbling about God’s authority… not only that, but I’m grumbling and complaining, most often, just about opinion. It was also cool that Chan stepped on our proverbial toes by mentioning that this applies to spiritual authority as well. Something about that really struck me and I realized that it had been a while since I had thought about spiritual authorities in my life… not much more progressed in my mind… but that is lingering in there. From here Chan discussed God’s sovereign authority. Again, another crowd pleaser. He bridged from Ecclesiastes to Job 38 (“Dress for action like a man; I (God) will question you and you make it known to me…”) where we are reminded of how God responds to Job when His authority is questioned. Then we went over to Romans 9:19-21 (again, another crowd pleaser). The beautiful thing was Chan’s reminder that this God who reigns and rules over all things is the same one who holds you firmly in his hands when he says:

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

Indeed, at that moment I am quite happy to be reminded that God is sovereign. In the end we were taken to Colossians 1:15-20 and stared at the beauty of God in the face of Jesus.

We then entered into a time of worship that was one of the best I’ve experienced in a while. It began with singing Jesus Paid it All

Jesus paid it all
all to him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stian
He wased it white as snow

We sang this while entering into communion and then continued by singing 2 songs I’ve never heard but reminded me of how much Jesus did for me on the cross. My heart was humbled before my king… communion was so sweet this morning… for those moments I am truly thankful.

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