As I sit here overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on this beautiful sunny day in Bermuda, I can hardly believe how close we are to finally launching The Well. I have had some substantial holiday time and study time this summer and I’d like to believe that the Lord has used this time to refresh me, focus me, and prepare me for what awaits.
I am truly excited about ministry this Fall—not just for The Well, but for all that I’m engaged in at St. Giles Kingsway. My hope and prayer is that our existing congregation views The Well as their mission, that this is our way of being a faithful steward of all that God has supplied for us. I’m hopeful that the response to The Well will be so positive that it hugely encourages our existing congregation.
Many of my friends and colleagues are aware of the time I have spent thinking and praying about the opening sermon series for The Well. As I kind of expected, after a year of deliberation, the sermon outlines did not emerge until my study leave a couple of weeks ago. I concede that there were a myriad of options/themes that would have been suitable for launching a ministry such as this, but the one I settled on is the most transparent, and and the most central to what we’re all about. The sermon series for the first 8 Sundays is called ‘The Road With Jesus‘. Some might ask, ‘Don’t you mean, ‘The Road To Jesus’?’
No. I don’t merely want to introduce folks to Jesus, I want to go further and speak about what a relationship with Him would look like from start to finish. I’ve designed these messages in such a way that I anticipate they will be helpful, relevant, and informative for the not-yet-convinced visitor and for the experienced follower of Christ. With some minor variations, each message will be delivered at, both, The Well (11:15 am) and St. Giles Kingsway (10:00 am).
Here are the 8 message titles, with corresponding dates, and key themes:
“Keep It Simple” (Sept. 7) – many tend to overthink what it means to be a Christian
“Simply Difficult” (Sept. 14) – why leading a Christian life is not easy
“The Alternative To Religion” (Sept. 21) – what Jesus offers us is different than what most religious institutions offer
“Drink Life.” (Sept. 28) – following Jesus is the most satisfying way to live
“Lasting Satisfaction” (Oct. 5) – the satisfaction we gain from following Jesus is enduring
“To Whom Will You Go?” (Oct. 12) – the case for following Jesus in a world full of alternatives
“Bigger Than Religion” (Oct. 19) – the claims Jesus made about Himself affect how we can regard Him
“Heart Proximity” (Nov. 2) – going through the motions of following doesn’t cut it
Of course, there will be much more to The Well than just the message. Our music will be led by the hugely talented Cliff Cline. Beyond September, we’ll have a rotation of gifted musicians leading us. Another huge aspect of The Well will be our hospitality. From parking your car, to registering your kids, to getting some coffee, the hosts for The Well intend to communicate that you not only matter to God, but you also matter to us.
I have no idea what Sept. 7 will bring in terms of the response to this initiative, but I’m comforted that God knows. My faith, our faith, is in Him.