The World’s Most Unlikely Sermon Series During Advent
In November I continued the trek through Genesis by beginning a series called “Sodom and Go
morrah. God’s love for mankind. God’s hatred of sin.” I have to admit, even I can see the unlikeliness of such a series going into the December Advent season. However, is it really as crazy as it sounds?
There are things we expect from church. But I’m questioning whether our expectations are leading us to grow in our understanding of Scripture. Sodom and Gomorrah is an intense narrative. There is a tension that comes from the narrative…and let’s face it. Tension seems to be something we all attempt to remove. But without the tension that sin introduces into the the narrative of life can we really appreciate the “Advent Season”?
Through the month of December, I challenge each of you to allow the tension of this sermon series to allow you to see the “good news” that was given to the world through the gift of Jesus. He isn’t an answer for “how to live a better life in three easy steps and attendance at church once per week.” Jesus is the cure for the death that sin has incurred in the life of humanity. His entry into the world wasn’t to make it a “better place.” His entry into the world was to take away the penalty of death and separation from God that sin presented.
Through this series I encourage you to recognize the mercy that was presented in the exchange between God and Abraham in Genesis 18. I encourage you to see the sin in guilt of Sodom and influence a sinful culture in Genesis 19 and Ezekiel 16:48–50. I encourage you to see God’s just judgement on Sodom. I encourage you to see God saving (providing salvation for Lot and his family) in Genesis 19.
It is impossible for us to see the great gift of Jesus Christ, the lamb that takes away the sin of the world if we don’t recognize the great need for repentance and The Savior to rescue us and forgive us from our the sin in our life.