Last Sunday I preached from Ephesians 4:11 about the gifts Christ gave to the church for her establishment. The roles of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher were for the growth and development of the church. In my Powerpoint, I had a slide of DaVinci’s “The Last Supper” which features Jesus at the table with the twelve apostles. I assume that is the image Brody Morton was trying to recreate. I was struck by the image he drew. Jesus is alone at the table. He seems none too happy about this by His expression. Please notice the 12 empty place settings. A point I made in the sermon was that we still fulfill these roles today in some fashion. The word apostle means “one sent”. It can refer to the twelve, but not exclusively. I asked the question: are we also not sent into the world as salt and light as well as ambassadors for Christ? Brody apparently understood this and drew Jesus as if He is asking, “Will you be My apostles? Will you join Me at this table and go where I command teaching My gospel?” What a deep and poignant question for every Christian! I am constantly amazed at the understanding of our young people. Too often we underestimate their wisdom and grasp of important things which we can easily miss. Keep teaching us, kids. We must become like you in order to enter the kingdom, after all!
One of my favorite things about preaching was giving prizes to the kids when they drew pictures about the sermon. I never ceased to be amazed at their wisdom and insights. It was always interesting to see what stood out to them from my sermon. Many times they saw something differently than I intended and it wound up being a wonderful lesson for both of us! Children have a way of cutting to the heart of a matter in a way adults have somehow forgotten. I would like to begin posting some of my favorites from my “Happy File” (every preacher has one). I thought it would be fitting to start this series with the very first sermon sketch I ever received. It came from my son Gabriel who was then about five years old. There’s not much theology in the picture and I think the random letters were just practicing his penmanship. The image is of me preaching in Scott City, KS. The church in Scott City supported us while we attended Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver. Out of gratitude, I preached there once a month for the two years we attended school. This first picture gave me the idea to pass out prizes and encourage the kids to listen and begin “taking notes.” I also love the picture because it shows my son seeing his father preach God’s Word. I am glad he got to see that growing up and hope he never forgets the importance of the gospel. I look forward to sharing more of these pictures on this blog and I hope you enjoy and learn from them as I have. May the Lord shine upon you.