OK, time for a pastoral confession, sometimes I even surprise myself with what I say on Sunday morning. Yesterday’s message had one of those surprising moments.
I planned to use the drowning illustration to conclude the sermon, but as I was setting the illustration of being swept out to sea by the hidden rip current of sin, the most amazing image entered my mind. I could see a lamb swimming by.
It is such an odd image. A lamb doesn’t belong in the ocean. In fact, a lamb would seem to be more vulnerable than me or you 300 yards off shore. But it is that out of place feeling that makes the illustration work.
A lamb is the most unlikely life jacket in the world, but if you were drowning in the ocean you would grab hold of anything.
So what do we do when we are drowning in depression, in brokenness, in rage, in regret, in fear, or in shame? How long can we tread water alone?
If you can relate to the feeling of drowning in this world, I want you to see that the Lamb is with in reach. You can grab hold of Him for salvation.
If I remember correctly, The Lamb can even walk on water! Let Him pull you to a safe place today.
Click here to access this Sunday’s message from John chapter 1.
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How about a fun, easy to read version of the gospel of John? You can order a copy of the Message Bible’s version of John to read and then give it away to a friend who needs to encounter your King Jesus by logging on to CBD.
On the Radar
All youth are invited to join us at Pastor Eric and Mindy’s house this Wednesday, July 8th at 7:00 pm. If you still need a Summer Youth Calendar, we will have one for you at that time, including information about our upcoming road trip to Six Flags.
FountainGate Fellowship in Abilene is hosting a Worship Training Seminar on Saturday, July 11, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm for worship team members and those who just love to worship! More information is available on their website.
Our first Kids’ School of Worship will be held at Emmanuel Fellowship July 28-31. This amazing event will follow the format of a VBS with the emphasis of instructing children (and adults) in the privilege of worshipping our King. If you would like to help with this wonderful event, email Pastor Lorin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our church is assisting the Brown Bag program this month. If you can help with food sacking on Tuesday, July 14th, from 6-8 pm, or food distribution on Thursday, July 16th, from 1-2 pm, please email Pastor Eric at email@example.com.
You Heard it at EFC
Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang? Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself. You can find them for purchase on itunes.com.
- “Dancing Generation” by Matt Redmand
- “I Have Found” by Kim Walker
- “The More I Seek You” by Kari Jobe
- “You Won’t Relent” by Misty Edwards
For the months of July and August, we will take a summer tour through the life of our Lord Jesus as told in the book of John. I invite you to join us this Sunday for our second message in the series “That’s My King!”
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