[NOTE: This week on the blog, we are sharing with you 5 posts about how Lebanon Road is starting 2014. We are excited about what this year holds, and we hope these articles encourage you.]
For the past couple of years, we have tried to have a theme at Lebanon Road that gives us an umbrella under which to work. We do not try to make every sermon, class, or activity fit under this theme. Instead, the theme provides us with a general framework that we are striving to emphasize at various times throughout the year. In 2012, we went “Back to the Basics,” then in 2013, we went “Outward and Upward.”
For 2014, we chose the theme “Royal Relationship.” This theme is one that is centered on God. We need balance in our understanding of Him, but often we overemphasize one side of God or another.
At times, we hold God up as “high and holy,” and emphasize all the great attributes that make Him “God.”
At other times, we want God to be “near” and we think about a “personal relationship” with Him.
The problem is that we can so emphasize one or the other, that we fail to see that both are what we need to have. God is Lord, but He is also Father.
Through several sermons and other things this year, we are going to emphasize having a Royal Relationship with the God of heaven, who is our Father. For example, on Sunday nights, I am going to preach from a different Psalm each week, since that book provides us with such a clear picture of the balance between awe and nearness with the Lord.
So, there you have it. The 2014 theme for Lebanon Road: “Royal Relationship.” If you are near Nashville and would like to know more about this God we love and worship, contact us directly, or go here to learn more about Lebanon Road.
One of our members, Shane Williams, made this video to kick off our year and introduce our theme. Enjoy!
QUESTION: What do you think about our theme, “Royal Relationship?” Share your thoughts in the comments.