I became a Christian in college, over thirty years ago. During these years, I visited many churches. With time, I would begin to hear similar sermons on familiar Bible passages. If I did not find a sermon particularly appealing, I would take a very ungodly and dismissive attitude and think to myself, “I’ve heard this before.”
Thankfully, my attitude has matured a bit since those early headstrong and arrogant years. Although I do not visit many different churches since I have found my church home with Palos Verdes Baptist Church, I still hear many different sermons at conferences, on the radio, and via the internet. Like before, I may sometimes hear a familiar sermon or theme. But instead of dismissing the message, I now focus upon what God is attempting to teach me. And even if I do not agree with the message, I take great comfort and peace that at least I get to hear the Word of God read!
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two- edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)
I must always focus upon the source of the message, the Bible. The Bible may be praised, misinterpreted, and even maligned by whosoever quotes it. But nothing can ever diminish the power of the Word of God! By it, worlds are conquered, lives are restored, and God is revealed.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.