Today at Living Waters Full Gospel Church we celebrated God’s Glory in 2019 with Praise, Worship, & Celebration, and another powerful sermon from our Lead Pastor Bob who continued his “Journey To The Cross” series.
We also observed and celebrated Communion for the first time in 2019. (We do so on the first Sunday of every month.) Here’s a portion of how I led that:
Let me share God’s Word with you – about living water – from John Chapter 7 – and as the Bible says:
On the last day – the climax of the festival – Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to Me ! Anyone who believes in Me may come and drink ! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from His heart.’”
That’s Verses 37 and 38, and the next Verse 39 does something very unique. It actually explains the previous two verses. Verse 39 reads:
(When He said “living water” He was speaking of the Spirit – who would be given to everyone believing in Him. But the Spirit had not yet been given – because Jesus had not yet entered into His glory.)
Jesus was preaching in Jerusalem at the Festival Of Shelters – the 7-day Fall harvest festival – also known as the Feast Of Tabernacles – or Sukkot. We learned more about this festival about 3 months ago when Pastor Bob preached about it.
See the Fall festival occurs right at the end of the 6-month dry season for the region. Water is precious at that time of the year. Jesus stepped forth and proclaimed that anyone looking for fresh moving water – living water – should come to Him and drink. He is the source of living water. Water that renews.
On each day of the festival the believers prayed for rain – living water. On the last day of the festival – “The Great Day” – they prayed for rain – 7 times.
Let’s be renewed on this great day. Let’s be renewed in 2019 …
Next Saturday night I’ll be at “Winter Jam 2019” in Tampa Florida with thousands of my brothers and sisters in Christ praising and worshipping our Lord, and singing and dancing with such artists as Hollyn, Newsong, Ledger, Rend Collective, Mandisa, Danny Gokey, and Newsboys United. On my next Sunday Scripture I’ll review the big show !
Until then may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.
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