It’s been blustery in the Western Suburbs of Chicago lately. Saturday we enjoyed a drive in the county and a visit to a fall festival complete with pumpkins, and Indian corn, a hayride, music, and a huge craft barn. We may only have a little over a week of autumn color left to enjoy.
Sunday morning we drove south again to First Baptist Church in Momence. I preached on “America in Scripture” from Romans 1:18-32. Why America is under the judgment of God, what happens when a nation in under God’s judgment, and what to do about it. A significant number of the men of the church came forward at the end of the service with little prompting to say; “That’s the kind of man I want to be – ” It looks like I may preach regularly at First Baptist for a while.
Sunday night I preached here at the IBLP Staff Center again. I gave a quick overview of the book of Romans to emphasize the list of virtues that should be present in a consecrated community of believers found in Romans 12:9-21. I called it, “The House Rules for Christian Community.” I think we all long for the kind of experience in Christian community described there. We stayed late at the Staff Center over diner talking about the things of the Lord.