This Sunday I begin a new series called “Words in Red.” It’s one that’s been brewing in my mind for a while. The idea is to simply preach the teachings of Christ. No visiting the book of Acts. No cross referencing the Epistles. Just the Gospels. The pure and simple words of Jesus. Nothing else. To prepare, myself and our shepherds read through the words in red with the task of identifying the topics that are important to Jesus. So far I’ve learned two interesting lessons:
1. There are some issues that are constantly taught/discussed in the church, but Jesus never addressed them.
2. There are some issues that are rarely, if ever, taught/discussed in the church, but Jesus had a lot to say about them.
An example for #1. Music. This continues to be a major issue in the church (at least in our fellowship of churches). I continually see articles and sermons either for or against music. Yet, Jesus never once mentioned it. He also didn’t have a lot to say about other worship issues we spend way too much time on.
An example for #2. The Second Coming. When is the last time you’ve heard a sermon about the Second Coming in the churches of Christ? (And the ones railing against the Left Behind series don’t count.) I never see anything about the Second Coming. Yet, Jesus had quite a bit to say about it. And some of its not much clearer than Revelation.