Sermon Text: Acts 2:1-4, 12-18
Imagine hearing someone say:
“Lakewood Presbyterian Church … that’s the church with the tall steeple. Must be a gorgeous view from the sanctuary with all those windows. I tried to think about Christianity at one point. God has never spoken to my life. I’ve tried prayer, but it’s like I’m just talking to myself. I don’t believe in God, or at least don’t believe in a God with a voice. My God is up there and out there, but there’s just no intimacy.”
What we’d like to say, tenderly and with courage, and what we often DO NOT say is, “So, when was the last time you were in church?”
The answers are, of course, “Well, not recently,” and “Never.” Or, “I’m waiting on God to get my attention.”
That kind of argument is like saying; “I have this image of myself as a tennis star. Although, I haven’t been on a court in years … haven’t even picked up a racket in ages. I guess tennis is just a stupid sport.”
Marriage counseling can be very insightful and helpful, but over the years I’ve learned that when a couple is willing to come and sit down to wait and listen and reflect … HALF the battle has been won. The greatest challenge is not in fixing the problem, but in being receptive and willing to talk about the problem with an understanding that both have contributed to the problem.
I think WE have a problem. Let me explain. … Read full sermon here (PDF)