Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land. - Leviticus 25:9 "It's about forgiveness" I don't know what sort of statistics preachers keep up with when it comes to sermons, but one hard to miss fact for Rebekah has been how …
There's a verse in the Old Testament that tells a story all by itself. "Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him" (Genesis 5:24). What a great summary of a life. If someone is able to say that about me, in response to how I live, then I believe I will have lived well.
That is exactly where the church should be focused; celebrating Jesus, grateful to God, equipped and encouraged to be instruments of Grace.
A men's ministry that encourages guys to practice the presence of God in their day-to-day lives, and then to share openly about those experiences, actively encouraging one-another in day-to-day faith, is - I believe - a critical emphasis if we want the church to be vital, alive, healthy, and growing.