The New Year brings a new series at church! We're starting a new focus for the 2009 year based out of Isaiah:
In the last days
the mountain of the Lord's temple will be established
as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
and all nations will stream to it.
Many peoples will come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths."
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
Isaiah 2:2-3 (NIV)
The key elements from this passage that we'll be looking at will unfold over the next few weeks during our Sunday morning teachings. While sharing this past Sunday I focused on the element of "going up the mountain."
In my message I compared the uniqueness of encountering God in a deep and personal way, the "mountain" experience, versus our day-to-day connection with God. Both facets are pivotal to the life of a follower of Christ, but there is an element of meeting God when we are alone and without distraction (hence the Lonely Places title) that fuels the other.