Sermon Preview - Portraits from the Prophets: Micah

Sunday, September 22, 10:00 am worship "Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair." - G. K. Chesterton

I knew what I should say. I knew what I should do. I knew what I should feel. But I had to fake it. I wanted to get what I wanted, so I had to do what needed to be done, but my heart was not in it. Do you know the feeling? If we are honest we can all tell stories about doing things on the outside that seem good and right, all the while our motives are a mess.

This Sunday we will listen to the prophet Micah. He looks into the eyes of Israel and Judah, and us, and calls us out. He helps us get honest with ourselves and calls us to remember again the portrait of God as our great Shepherd-King. Micah calls us to examine what we really want. Is God a means to an end, or is Jesus the prize that nothing else compares with?

Micah does not want to crush us with the guilt of our messy motives, but free us to love, with our whole heart, the only one loving and faithful enough to entrust ourselves to.

With fire in his eyes, tears streaming down his face, and compassion in his voice, Micah proclaims, "Put your silly, ineffectual religion aside. Embrace the promises of God from the heart and live like they are true."

I cannot wait to listen to Micah together.

Pastor David