Stepping Into the Future: Entrusted
Oct 29, 2017 - Rev Susan Robb
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This week and next, Rev. Susan Robb will preach a series entitled “Stepping Into the Future,” which will explore what the stories of Moses and Joshua on the edge of the Promised Land have to teach us about our future as the church.
In the Deuteronomy passage above, Moses has come to the end of his journey and is standing at the edge of the Promised Land, having led the people to God’s deliverance and the law at Mount Sinai. However, the people worshipped other gods and refused to enter the land God gave them.
With his feet planted in the wilderness, Moses still looked forward to the future and God’s promises. Moses instructed the Israelites as his children, trying to motivate them to keep the faith alive and to keep their hope in the future by loving God with their entire being, as Jesus repeated as the greatest commandment (Matt. 22:34-40).
Our churches today find themselves in wilderness places in society, and with conflict and infighting within congregations. To avoid the death of our own souls and our churches, we have to be faithful to the gospel that God has entrusted to us. We must focus on the gospel’s call to love God and our neighbors, without fighting about peripheral issues.
Through HPUMC, God has blessed us and is using us to bless the people around us. There is always a bright future for the church when we have planted seeds of the gospel in faithfulness.