My title is not the topic of a sermon but an explanation about what I am now going to be doing on this blog site. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always enjoyed watching a work in progress – such as a building being constructed, or a road being built. I watched in wonder as the different machinery and equipment were coming in and out of the construction site, and as the skilled workers were doing their jobs. As a kid I enjoyed watching the construction project more than I did the finished product. We used to go out of our way, as kids, to visit a construction site and just stand and watch the work that was going on. Sometimes the workers would greet us when they saw how interested we were in what they were doing.
One day the person in charge of the construction project said: “I’ve got a few left-over nails and pieces of wood. If you would like them, ask your parents if it’s alright for me to give them to you.” We received our parents’ permission, and with the nails and boards we started a building project of our own, and kept the construction workers informed about our progress!
Do you like watching a work in progress, even when it means delays, lanes being closed and traffic re-routed? I don’t really mind. It gives me more time to watch what’s going on! The greatest enjoyment for me is the anticipation of what was going to happen next, and what I would see the next day, or the next time I would pass by that construction site.
I’m sharing this with you because, now that I have more time to study God’s Word, I’m going to be showing you my work in progress by publishing my sermons a section at a time as I put them together. My hope is that you’ll enjoy what I’m enjoying working on, and watch the building process going on as I put each sermon together. I hope you’ll stop by more often to see what’s happening. Begin your own work in progress by doing your own study of this passage along with me and share what you have learned. The Master Builder would like that, and so would I.
I used this method on this blog site recently when I was studying James 3:1-12. I didn’t receive any feedback, so I’ll take it that there are no complaints about this method.
I’m presently studying James 3:13-18. It has been a difficult passage to study at first, but now it’s as if the Lord has put the blueprints in my hands and this passage is beginning to come together in written form. I would love to have the opportunity to preach the finished sermon to you in person so that you might experience my excitement about what I’ve learned, but the power is in God’s Word and I hope that God will speak to you in the power of the Holy Spirit as you read it. To Him be the glory!
I hope that you are also a “work in progress”, willingly allowing God to build on the foundation of a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, using the blueprint of His Word, under the supervision of the Holy Spirit, employing the workmen He has gifted and entrusted to do the work. ( I Corinthians 3:9; Ephesians 4:11-13; II Timothy 2:15).
The work must go on! This site is presently under construction! Please come again and see what’s been happening! Grace and peace be with you!