This week in worship is going to be very different for us. At all five services I am going to be sharing the message time with one of the most effective and well-known preachers in the world, Andy Stanley, of North Point Church in Atlanta.
Andy is the author of How to Be Rich, which is our study book for the month and available for purchase in the church office or in the Welcome Hall on Sunday for $10.00. He is also the Senior Pastor of North Point Ministries, which has six church locations in metro Atlanta, as well as scores of partner churches throughout the world. North Point has been a leader in multi-site church ministry for many years. What this means is that Andy preaches in person at one site and the live streaming of his sermon appears simultaneously at each of the other locations. For some people that approach to sharing the Gospel is challenging, but for so many others who have grown up in the video age it makes all the sense in the world.
As a part of our staff meeting and worship this past Tuesday, as we have been reading and discussing How to Be Rich, we watched a portion of Andy’s introduction to his sermon series on generosity focused on 1 Timothy 6:17:
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant, nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”
At the end of his message, the entire staff agreed that it was so powerful and on target that the entire congregation needed to see it. I was wondering at the time how I would utilize portions of it, but then also came to the realization that there was no way I could present it any better than Andy did. So, he is coming on screen (like he does at 5 of his churches each week) to guest preach with me.
Now, trust me, I might not be doing this if North Point was located down the street from St. Luke’s! But since it would take you seven hours to be with him in person for a sermon, I feel pretty secure. I have no doubt that you are going to be inspired and motivated when you leave our services this week, and I am grateful to live in a time when the Kingdom can be served in this way.
Speaking of things we are grateful for, Pastor Jenn and family send their thanks for your outpouring of support this week as she underwent surgery for breast cancer. Her doctors say the surgery went well and yesterday she was discharged from the hospital so she can rest and begin her road to recovery at home.
With faith, hope, and love,
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