Dear Friends,

I really, really need your prayers!

At Messiah we either preach through whole books of the Bible or big chunks of the Bible. God willing, I will finish Second Corinthians in two weeks time, on February 19. I have been praying about the upcoming sermon series. I think we might go through the Ten Commandments this summer – one command a week. In the Fall we will probably go through the book of Galatians to help us mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The event that often marks the start of the Reformation took place on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his theses to the door of the church in Wittenburg. I am also thinking that we might begin the Gospel of John after we finish Galatians. But what about three weeks from now? That is why I am asking for prayer!

For several months I have been wrestling with whether or not I should preach through Genesis, chapters 1 – 11. I will be honest with you; I feel led to tackle these momentous eleven chapters, but I also feel inadequate to the task. So, please pray that the Lord will help me as we begin Genesis 1-11 on February 26!

In light of the theory of evolution, how do we understand Genesis 1-3; how do we think about evolution? In a world where “abortion on demand” is demanded and there is a growing desire for genetic engineering, how do we hear Genesis’ teaching on human beings being made in the image of God? In a culture embracing the transsexual revolution, how do we understand Genesis’ teaching that human beings are made by God as male and female? In a world where the existence of many religions is claimed to prove that Christianity cannot be true, what do we learn about Genesis’ account of the development of religions? In a world that longs for sundry utopias, what does Genesis 1-3 tell us about the human predicament and possibilities? And apart from these questions, how does Genesis 1-11 help us to see the true state of our heart in light of the true and living God?

So, please pray for me as I read and listen to Genesis 1-11 and please pray for me as I preach. Please pray that I will preach simply and truly. Please pray I will preach with courage and humility. Please pray that God’s people will learn of the true and living God, the creator and sustainer of all things. Please pray that we will grow in humble knowledge and adoration of how big and present and faithful He is. Please pray that we will grow in our confidence in the Bible, God’s Word Written. Please pray we will be disciples of Jesus gripped by the Gospel living for His glory and praise.