I mentioned that this morning's sermon (commentary found here) was one I had both anticipated and dreaded at the same time. I also mentioned a couple of times that the sermon was a little scary. Judging from the [very gracious] comments made on the way out the door, it seems like I ought to clarify what I meant.
I do not fear losing "my job."
- a) I don't have a job.
- b) Grace is not that kind of place.
- c) There is a "fall out plan."
So, what does concern me?
Here are some things I've been praying the Lord protect us from:
- Misdirected zeal
- Misaligned Affections
The "results" of the sermon are not really up to me. But these concerns can be used by the Lord to refine my speaking. This morning's sermon was far from perfect, but Lord willing, the Spirit will use it anyway. In fact, if the success of the sermon were up to me, now that would be scary!