Sermon: "Oops, My Urim and Thumim Broke!" by Calvin Thomsen
Prayer: Darold Retzer
Pastoral Welcome: Jacqueline Lynch
Baptism: Amit Devaraj - Anil Kanda
Saheb Singh - Calvin Thomsen
Chase Roland Atiga - Rob Mohr
Children’s Feature: Shawna Campbell
“The good shepherd sets boundaries for his sheep, but allows freedom of movement within those boundaries. He establishes limits for the safety of the sheep, but does not use his staff to point out which specific tuft of grass ought to be eaten by which animal.” – Gary Friezen
Scripture Reading: Psalm 16:5–8, TNIV - Richard and Ann Yukl
Note: Baptisms and child dedications are in the extras section of the DVD
INTRODUCTION TO THE SERMON
How Do We Find God's Will?
When faced with important decisions how do we find God’s will? Will he tell us what job to take, what house to buy, or who to marry? Will he advise on the best fund for our 401k? We want to make decisions that glorify God and live out his will for us. But it’s hard because there is no cosmic GPS device mapping out the path. Nor do we get heavenly e-mails answering our questions and showing us what God wants us to do.
So what do we do? Put out a fleece? Wait for impressions? Open the Bible and do whatever it says on the page to which it opened? Trust other people to give us wise advice? Look for a breastplate with a Urim and Thummim at an antiquities sale? Buy a donkey to keep in the backyard just in case God chooses to talk to us in the same way he talked to Balaam?
Today we look at the challenging issue of following God’s leading and finding God’s will in the face of important life decisions. There are ways to increase the wisdom of our decisions and increase our discernment of the heart of God and his direction in our lives. But it doesn’t always happen the way some of us have imagined. Today we will explore ways in which God guides us when we have decisions to make.