Welcome one and all to our services today... It’s so good to be together as God’s family – I’ve been out of the pulpit for four straight Sundays and I’m hanging out to be teaching this AM because we’re starting a new sermon series called ‘Whisper – hearing the voice of God.’ Just like God spoke to Samuel in the Old Testament, God speaks to us too. Trouble is, we’re often too busy, hassled or self-focused to hear His whisper.
In this new series we’ll be learning how to hear God’s voice. We’ll clear up any confusion about whether God does speak to us personally today through the powerful testimony of a few people as their experience of hearing God’s whisper to them personally is shared ... be patient, all will be revealed during the service.
I’m sometimes a little sceptical when I hear someone claim God told them to do something. Some strange and plain crazy things have been claimed to come from God over the ages. How do you know if what you sense is a word from God is actually from Him? I’ve learnt to run these ‘whispers from God’ through some filters—eg:
1) In earnest prayer I ask; God, is this prompting truly from You?
2) Is this whisper Scriptural – does it contradict God’s Word in any way?
3) Is it wise?
4) Is it in tune with my own character or wiring?
5) What do the people I most trust think about it?
Once a personal whisper from God to you passes all these filters, what would you say is your immediate responsibility? It is twofold: listen & obey! Jesus says: My sheep listen to my voice, I know them, and they follow me... If you love me, you will obey what I command. (Jn.10:27; 24:15)
New PM Church starting time = 6.00pm
As well as our new starting time of 6.00pm for PM Church, we also start a new sermon series tonight simply called Go-Fish! We partner with Andy Stanley from North Point via video as he explores the motivation behind sharing your faith and how it can become a natural part of your life. I’m really looking forward to learning how I can share my faith in Jesus more easily with those in my circles of influence.