Matthew R. Perry

I Can’t Wait for Sundays

In Church Life on March 3, 2007 at 11:14 pm

No really — I can’t wait for Sundays to roll around. As a pastor, most everything that occurs during the week comes to a fine point on Sunday morning. As I consider Acts 6:4 where the disciples gave themselves primarily over to “prayer and the ministry of the Word,” I find that my main ministry is that of connecting with God in prayer and ministering the Word of God through preaching and teaching — everything else stems off these two ministries.

What is it about Sundays that excites me so?

(1) I get to see my church family. Though I have only been here at Boone’s Creek for 3 1/2 years, I have noticed various transitions. I started out as “the new guy” with everyone anticipating in the first year but staying at arms length, to becoming “the preacher” to now becoming their “pastor.” I am now being seen as one of the family. This takes time, trust, and lots of love in Christ.

(2) I get to preach God’s Word to God’s people. What a privilege! What a calling!  To be able to open up His Word and know that this is His revelation to the world in general and to His people specifically is a thought I can scarcely contemplate.  And to know that the Holy Spirit will take that Word and apply it to hearts and will make sure it accomplishes all that it desires to accomplish — goodness!

(3)  I get to hear stories of what God is doing in hearts and minds of his people.  One person receives Christ, another person grasps a truth God reveals, another shares their faith, another asks questions trying to understand how God lives and moves and has his being … and the list goes on.   That is exciting!

(4)  I get to pray with my people.  We get to connect with God together, linking arms and advancing his kingdom during this spiritual warfare.  Praying for those who are lost, who are sick, in the military, our government officials, our church staff and deacons, our college students, our outreach ministries, our churches with whom we are partnering, and on top of that praising God for who he is and what he has done!

These are just four of many.  What other things make you look forward to being with your brothers and sisters on for Sunday morning worship?

  1. I look forward to hearing what God has to say through His word each week. I love seeing all of my friends coming in and filling up the pews. I was wondering Bro. Matt how do you stay on fire every week, to continue to preach good sermons, and also get better at preaching. What encourages you to keep going and putting in the necassary time to prepare sermons and preach the Word, and seem excited about it?

  2. Hello, Kenneth. It’s encouraging for me to see so many college students enjoying the Word and enjoying fellowship with other brothers and sisters.

    I may devote a blog entry to this, but to answer your question briefly: I give glory to God for continuing to keep that fire stoked in my bones (Jeremiah 20:9) — the Word continues to stay fresh every week and every day in the study. Oftentimes, I find myself short on time, but God has a way of molding a sermon in the heart and mouth, even as I preach.

    One thing which encouraged me this morning: a number of people came up and said, “You know, those sermons you’ve been preaching — it seems as if each week we are talking about a specific issue in our home or at work, and every Sunday you address it from His Word. It’s like you’re speaking directly to me.” You see, there is no way I could know so many people’s situation — especially as I preach expositionally. But that goes to show that (1) God is sovereign in preparing hearts for his Word, and (2) preaching expositionally forces me to address passages that I otherwise wouldn’t, and shows that the whole counsel of God speaks!

    Those are a few things which keep me fired up — God’s Word still works in the world!!!

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