Today at B.A.S.I.C, I gave my very first sermon. it was good i guess or alright. pretty comfortable talking but i really wished that my talk was deeper and it should have reached out to them more but mainly i just defined the verse, not really applying it. o well, its first of many and you can't have good without bad so yea. :] i talked about Matthew 5:3-4, the first two blessings of the Beatitudes.
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
But the coolest part was that at fellowship, Jim gave his talk and it linked up to mine. it was kind of like a follow-up. i talked about how we sin and we should lament and mourn over our sins, asking forgiveness(Matthew 5:4). Jim talked about basically the same thing. he explained that we do ask for forgiveness and we receive it but often times, even though God forgives us, we dont forgives ourselves. we tend to remember it and blame ourselves everytime. we should learn to understand if God forgives, we should forgive and forget as well. jim also talked about how when we sin sometimes, we feel even worst and guilty about it at church so we tend to hide and maybe reject church, but we should instead be turning to God for this time of grief. and "beg" him for help(Matthew 5:3) for we are poor in spirit.
WOW! realizing that jim really basically covered my verse really shows how God is so amazing with his work. Jim just made his more in depth allowing me to learn and maybe teach it again. He linked us together. this really made my day.
Such a GREAT night.
"God allows grief into our lives as a path, not as a destination."