dr. phil or jesus

By October 19, 2010Preaching

This weekend I’m teaching on how to resolve conflict within a marriage.  While putting the finishing touches on my message (while enjoying a cup of coffee — good preaching and good coffee go hand-in-hand), this thought settled on me:

People come to church looking for something more than Dr. Phil.

If Dr. Phil was working for them, they wouldn’t be listening to me.  And if I’m trying to be Dr. Phil, I won’t match up — notwithstanding the fact I’m not bald.

Folks who are hurting or searching or wandering come to church looking for one thing: a word from God.

Whether it be in regards to their marriage or their children, they walk through our doors wanting — expecting — to hear from God.  In fact, they usually aren’t surprised when we teach from the Bible.  Ironically, they also aren’t surprised when a restaurant serves them food.

They are wanting to hear passages like Ephesians 6:13 … “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.”

They want to know: is it possible?  Is there hope?  Is God there?