In the Bible, the wilderness was both a geographic place, barren and harsh, and a metaphor for those times when life is difficult and filled with adversity. In our own lives, we’ll all have seasons when we walk through the wilderness – seasons of loss, opposition, abandonment or despair. In Messages from the Wilderness, we’ll study the lives of biblical characters who found themselves in the wilderness. From them we’ll learn the keys to surviving our own times in the wilderness. If you have a friend or loved one who is in the wilderness right now, invite them to join us beginning July 5.
- July 5 – 13 Years a Slave and Prisoner
- July 12 – The Wildernesses of Our Own Making
- July 19 – The God Who Sees
- July 26 – Whispers in the Wilderness
What is this sermon about?
This sermon is about the wildernesses which we create from the decisions we make.
Why is this sermon important?
This sermon is important because it identifies our choices as the cause of our wilderness experience and reminds us that God offers second chances and the opportunity to move out of a wilderness.
What is the context of this sermon?
This sermon is the second in the Messages from the Wilderness series. This sermon and worship series have been developed using the sermon series by the same name which was preached at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in 2013.
What are the next action steps?
Whenever you find yourself in a wilderness of your own creation, go to Psalm 51 and cry out to God:
- Create in me a clean heart, O God!
- Restore to me the joy of my salvation!
What is the good news (bottom line)?
The good news is that there is hope in the middle of the wilderness.
God will lead us out of the wilderness we have made for ourselves.