We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. Romans 8:28-30
There’s something deeply satisfying about attending church when it’s a real challenge for the ushers to squeeze everyone in. “If there are empty seats in your row,” Rebekah said during the announcements, “please move toward the middle to make room.There are still people waiting to come in.”
Being close to overflow added a charge of excitement to the already enthusiastic atmosphere, pastor John’s bluegrass band led our music with some inventive instrumentation, we shared communion together, and Rebekah offered the second of her two-part series on predestination (one of the most consistently misunderstood doctrines in the Presbyterian Church).
Here are links to both Sundays. First, it’s Rebekah so you know the sermon is going to be neither dry nor boring! Second, the two messages speak truth that we all need to hear.
I’ve attempted to cue both videos up to begin at the sermon (25-minutes in for Part One, and the 24:30 minute mark in Part Two), after the herd of children have all stampeded for kids’ worship, but for Part Two you may want to scroll back and find some of the music too, it’s that invigorating.
The Truth is Exciting and Liberating!
I’m sharing this for a couple of reasons. First, we are a church (WFPC) that is full and overflowing with life and love and light and vision and hope and promise. I am frankly tired of hearing ignorant and misinformed people knock the Presbyterian Church – so I’m offering these posts as a kind of P.S.A. (Public Service announcement).
Second, the chief reason I write at all is to share the liberating and hope-filled invitation that is Jesus. I want the truth about the Good News to work its way through my fingers and the keyboard and the Internet and onto this page. Then I want my readers to engage this truth and let it set them free!
As for ideas like predestination, Rebekah does a great job of explaining a difficult concept in her two-part series. Of course, I do have a few thoughts of my own, and you can read these at my recent post, “God Creates, God Purposes, God Chooses, God Gifts, God Loves.”
Have an amazing day today, filled with light and love and promise – DEREK
(A few images from Sunday)
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.