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 God meeting us in the wilderness. Through the story of Elijah, we are reminded that there are places we go to hear God, we hear God’s voice in the silence and God has a purpose for our lives.
Why is this sermon important?
This sermon is important because, at times, it can be difficult to find our way out of the wilderness.
What is the context of this sermon?
This is the final sermon in this worship series. It is preached before Andrew has two Sundays off. 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?
Go back to your Mount Sinai – the place where God speaks to you.
Remember the roots of your faith.
Find places where you can get quiet and listen for God to speak.
Know that God has a purpose for your life.
What is the good news (bottom line)?
The good news is that God meets you in the wilderness.
God has a purpose for your life.
God walks with you out of the wilderness.