Thursday, April 28, 2011

SCOUTING FOR SCRIPTURE

This Sunday we are being joined by the Boy Scouts of Troop 604.  It's Scout Sunday.  They are going to be serving as ushers, helping out with serving Communion and the reading of Scripture.  After the service they are serving at our monthly FirstSunday Fellowship meal.  It should be a great day all around.


My struggle is of course what to preach on such a day?  Well, of course it's "BE PREPARED!" the Boy Scout motto.  We are going to look at how following Jesus can make us prepared to face the immediacy of today, and the anxiousness of tomorrow and the uncertainty of the future. 

As I looked again at the Boy Scout Oath and  the Scout Law, I was drawn to the connections with Philippians 4:4-9. It there that the Apostle Paul calls the the church to center itself on Christ and that as we do we shall have the peace that will get us through our today's, tomorrow's and even our future. Looking farther on in Philippians 4:8-9 we can see the call to a high and holy character, not unlike that to which the Scout is called to in the Scout Law.


I find it interesting, and even a little encouraging that the Boy Scouts of America still consider duty to God central to their oath, something that should be central to all of our lives as well. (Matthew 22:37-40)


It should be an interesting day as we gather together to worship the One who truly can make us prepared for all that life brings our way. Our God is surely better than a well-equipped Swiss Army knife, a satchel of dry matches, or even a GPS.  The best way to "Be Prepared" is to be living in right relationship with our Creator, through that personal relationship we can have with Jesus Christ. (Romans 10:9)
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