Party Like It’s 516 B.C.!

facing-the-giant-of-your-past012611Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, but that’s about all that’s the same; or so it seems.  Changes happen at a frightening pace for some of us.  For others, change is much too slow.  “Why can’t things be as they’ve always been?”, some wonder.  What exactly is it that has always been?  Church buildings?  No, for the first few centuries of Christianity no churches owned property.  What about pews?  After church buildings became fashionable people stood for the duration of their worship.  Printed Bibles, hymnals, Sunday School, and just about everything you can think of that is associated with church has a beginning sometime AFTER the New Testament was written.

The church has continually gone though changes and will continue to change until Jesus returns.  This morning as we studied Zerubbabel’s Temple building project, we saw people weeping and people rejoicing.  There is no reason for weeping people to criticize those rejoicing nor should those weeping be told to cheer up.  Somewhere it’s written that should weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice.  To do that we must listen to one another in order to understand each other’s perspective.

We weep for what we have lost, and with every change a church experiences something is lost.  It’s entirely appropriate to grieve what has gone away and will never be again.  However, if changes are motivated by our desire to follow Jesus and fulfill our mission as his people, that is cause of celebration.  Can both happen simultaneously?  I believe they can, if we truly love one another.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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2 Responses to “Party Like It’s 516 B.C.!”

  1. avatar gary robbins says:

    great comments on change, and how we don’t all react to it differently.

    first sermon i’ve ever heard on a Prince song…

  2. avatar Stephen Carman says:

    Greetings from Saudi Arabia. I just now was able to listen to this sermon. It’s taken a while to get Internet set up in my home….

    Coincidentally, the Sunday you preached this sermon as the same weekend I was able to find and meet with the church group on camp and share in communion. Needless-to-say, I can share some stories of how being here informs ones perspective on what matters.

    The different culture shows how good God is in his creative power, and the people here are clearly different from us in many ways, and very similar to us in just as many ways. I’ve seen humility, gentleness, kindness, just to name a few.

    One difference is that our weekend is THU/FRI, so “church” happens for us on FRI morning. This might cause some weeping and gnashing of teeth. Another difference is call to prayer (Muslim not Christian) is five times a day and “broadcast” … You can’t miss it. Thanks for sharing your perspective on the sermon and the blog.

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