Last week I started a new sermon series that our LIFE Groups would also be following. The series is called WHO?
The idea is that there are certain relationships that all of us need in order to run the race and cross the finish line. I once heard a good friend of mine say this in one of his sermons: “No one is going to cross the finish line without holding on to the hand of someone else. That hand may be pulling you across, or it may be the hand of the person you are pulling across. But none of us will cross without that extra hand.” I like that. And it is that idea that I am building off of.
I’ve been using a couple of books as resources: Leonard Sweet’s 11 Indispensible Relationship and Glenn McDonald’s The Disciple Making Church.
This Sunday I will preach Who Is Your Nathan? No one really wants to be a Nathan, and no one wants to be confronted by a Nathan. But the truth is that we all need a Nathan or two in our lives. (Read 2 Samuel 11 & 12 for a refresher) The question that keeps running through my mind is, “How would we think of David today if it were not for Nathan?” Where would David’s life have taken him if Nathan had not been courageous enough to tell him the truth?
I don’t want to place too much emphasis on the work of a man, but the truth is that God uses people. If that man (Nathan) had not been open to letting God use him how much further would David fallen?
Who are the Nathan’s in our lives that have stopped us in our tracks and righted our ships? Who are the Nathan’s in our lives that courageously follow the leading of God and confront us in our sins? We all need a Nathan.