This morning, I had the privilege of preaching from Matthew 6:25-34 on the subject of anxiety. I mentioned that faith cures anxiety, but anxiety kills faith. This sermon landed on a Sunday when our church will have a Q&A time concerning the possibility of a new building. As you can imagine, a lot of anxiety comes with that. Do we have the money? Is it really necessary? With the economy the way it is, is it wise? The questions and concerns can pile up.
This passage, though next in line in the series on the Sermon on the Mount, landed perfectly because of our God’s sovereign providence. If we seek primarily the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, then God will take care of the necessities of our life.
Last week, I preached on Matthew 6:19-24 on a sermon I titled “A Better Economic Plan.” You see, all that week, we saw the Dow drop, and drop, and drop. God tells us the futility of laying up our treasures on earth because we allow those treasures to govern who we are and what we do. I did not change my sermon for the occasion–God knew from eternity that our people would need to hear that message that Christ preached on the Sermon on the Mount.
We may believe we know what our people need to hear, but don’t give up on expositional preaching through the text of Scripture. The Holy Spirit laid out the Scriptures in a certain way for a certain reason, so it would behoove us as preachers to preach them from that inspired layout.
I hope to post more in the future (been a bit sparse over the last two months). Thanks to those of you who have inquired about this. It’s encouraging.