Lesson: Acts 16:16-31; Proverbs 3:5-6; Mark 1:1-3:
Open: Cell Phones are great…
Do you any of ya’ll have a smart phone? Let me see them? (Ok, raise them up). Cell phones are great aren’t they? Especially smart phones. Think about how far technology has come in 15-25 years. When I graduated high school in 1996, none of my peers had a cell phone. My parents didn’t even have a cell phone. Back then cell phones were quite large, and inconvenient.
I don’t know how we survived. But we did. The world seemed to move a slower pace, I guess I am bit nostalgic, but when I was in college, I got my first cell phone.
But, now, everyone has a phone. My 3rd grader is asking, “daddy, when can I get one?”
Those that do have cell phones, it seems that more and more that people are getting smart phones. They are like mini-handheld computers. Smart phones are neat. You can surf the web, play games, download tons of apps.
You can tell a lot about a person from the apps they have on their phone.
Some of my personal favorite:
- Facebook, Google plus, news and weather apps, Ohio State Fan app, Bleacher Report, Tools that connect your phone to lap top, movie apps, first aid apps, map apps, diet apps, recipe apps, there is an app for everything!!
- My favorite is Angry Birds!
- Have you heard about the treadmill app? It’s great (Live Demonstration)
The apps we download are indicative of what we expect out of life, we want to get where we are going faster, we want to buy things quicker, we want to know what’s going on in the world, or get exercise tips
Apps are our attempt to control our world. I wish there was an app that was available when life throws you a curve ball
The Good News is, that the Bible says that there is app for life. His name is Jesus
- Jesus, He is the goodnews
- Mark 1:1-3 – the Roman World considered newsworthy events in the lives of their emperors to be “goodnews.”
- Mark opens with a counter claim that goodnews has indeed come, but not because of the emperor, or his birthday, but because of the arrival of the Kingdom of God
- Read Acts 17:16-31
- Maybe if Paul were speaking to us today, he would note how dependent we are on our cellphones, maybe he would cite our desire to communicate so readily with the world the fact that God has indeed offered the greatest communication of all time in the person of His Son, the word made flesh
- Paul recognized the people in Athens were very religious, they were looking for answers, they had “gods” for everything
- But they were missing out on God’s grand design for their lives
- Paul download the Jesus app for the people of Athens
I WANT TO CLOSE WITH PROVERBS 3:5-6
- Proverbs 3:5-6, “5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
- This passage reminds us that there are two paths. Our selfish path, or the Lord’s
- Which path have you been on this week? Your own, or the Lord’s?
- This isn’t a guarantee that life will be easy, only that the Lord will make our paths straight
- To me this conjures the Lord being out in front of us, clearing the path, blazing the trail for us
- We do have an app for Life. His name is Jesus. If you’d like to learn how to download this life changing app, we can help you this evening, if you are ready to repent from your life of sin, and embrace the plan of God, by putting Jesus on in baptism, God will wipe all of your sins clean!