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Remembering Your Creator

We're only on this earth for a short time, so remember God and believe the gospel.

Introduction

Today I want us to look at the Book of Ecclesiastes. I feel this text deeply every time I get into it. I pastor a very large, very young church. In the almost nine years I've served as pastor there, I've only done one funeral for someone over the age of 30. I've done dozens of funerals for people under 30, and under 20, and under 10 years old. Because of this, I've had to grasp and understand that life is a lot quicker than I would think it is. I know more fully that this sliver of time we have is truly a gift from God.

We've had multiple babies at our church die of SIDS—who have just gone down for a nap and have never waken up. Walking into the rooms of those families, my legs have been heavy; there is sorrow upon sorrow, and I can't find a theological framework to support the weight of it.

I wanted to be faithful to the Lord and to the people he had asked me to shepherd—to prepare them for the reality of life in a fallen world. In one of the great mercies of Christ in my life, I realized that as I was preparing them, God was preparing me.

It was Thanksgiving morning, and my wife headed out to take some food to my mother-in-law. She asked me to feed our six-month-old, so I fed little Nora and put her in her Johnny-Jump-Up toy. I literally have no further memory of that morning until I woke up in the hospital. Apparently I had had a grand mal seizure in front of my children.

To this day my daughter will not acknowledge that I'd had a seizure but asks me if I remember when I was snoring in front of her, because I was making a weird noise. Even in that the providence of God is protecting her from what was a terrifying ordeal for our family.

I found out that I had a mass in my right frontal lobe. A well-meaning ...

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Matt Chandler serves as Lead Pastor of Teaching at The Village Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and serves as president of Acts 29, a worldwide church-planting organization.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. Rejoice in your Creator

II. Remember your Creator

III. Remember God's commands

IV. Remembering redeems our rejoicing

V. Find the substance of joy—God's grace

Conclusion