Not many people get excited about laws. Even lawyers, whose entire profession is contingent upon and focused on laws, aren’t usually giddy when studying legal minutiae. So when we come to Psalm 119 and find the author repeatedly calling Scripture the “law,” our hearts aren’t strangely warmed. We’re more likely to be intimidated. But the author of Psalm 119 knew something about law that we often miss—that God’s law brings life.
Let me start with a candid admission: the Bible can be intimidating. For Christians, we don’t shy away from the Bible because we’re opposed to it; it’s just that, if we’re completely honest, we have a hard time getting excited about it. We often feel about the Bible like we do the “terms and conditions” page that comes up when Apple wants to put new software on our computers.
A little under a decade ago, God gave The Summit Church a vision of planting 1,000 churches by the year 2050. When we first verbalized that number, a lot of people thought it was a crazy idea, far too audacious. But when I look at the way the Spirit has instilled that vision in our leaders and in our leaders, I’m beginning to wonder if 1,000 might be too modest.
This past weekend, as I preached on Noah, I took a good-natured, below-the-belt shot at those parents who choose to use "Noah and the Ark" as their cuddly nursery theme. As I pointed out, Noah's story isn't very kid-friendly. Even at the end, once they're off the ark and the flood is over, Noah is off getting stone-cold drunk and wandering around naked. Drunk Noah probably isn't in your nursery mural.
Most Christians are able to quote Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” But not many know the very next verse. It’s not God’s famous declaration, “Let there be light!” No, it’s a bit of a surprise: “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.” I have to admit, I’ve often found that statement odd.
If you remember, during our Christmas services at DPAC we collected a special offering for one of our partner organizations. We chose to give the offering to World Relief, a faith-based non-profit that resources our church to care for refugee families resettling in the Triangle and works around the world caring for families at risk. You responded in a huge way: in the largest DPAC offering we've ever head, you gave more than $50,000 to support World Relief!