Interruption: Rebirth Day / Damascus Road Story
Personal Story – My life is interrupted when God makes a promise Acts 9:6 So he, trembling & astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
First Reading – Abram’s life is interrupted when God makes a promise Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going.
Interruption: Loss of Job & House & Move to Indiana
Personal Story – Our family’s life is interrupted when God makes a promise Luke 1:13,16 Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John… He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God.
Second Reading – Zechariah’s life is interrupted when God makes a promise Genesis 26: 3-5 I will be with you, and will bless you… and I will fulfill the oath that I swore to your father Abraham. I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven… and all the nations of the earth shall gain blessing for themselves through your offspring, because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
Interruption: Our Current Season of Transition
Personal Story – Our church’s life is interrupted when God makes a promise. Matthew 26:31 Then Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
Interruption: Nativity Incarnation
In the fullness of time, our loving God interrupted the world himself Galatians 4:4,5 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children.
Interruption: The Spirit of Advent is Interruption
Advent is anticipation and anticipation expects, even embraces, interruption John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
Interruption: The Communion Table
We come together in Common Union to interrupt our normal flow and partake of the Lord’s grace as we remember his Last Supper w/his disciples
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.