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I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (1 of 3)
Series: iTunes Theology
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Psalm 40:3 (NIV)
1. NOT FOUND IN RELIGION, BUT IN RELATIONSHIP
• Matt. 27:50-54 (NIV)
• The veil of rules
• The veil of self-righteousness
2. NOT FOUND IN APPEARANCE, BUT IN AUTHENTICITY
• Matt. 23:28 (Ph)
In 1987 the Irish rock band, U2, recorded the song "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." Soon after it was released it hit number one on billboard's top 100. Some said it reflected the lead singer of U2, Bono's search and struggle to find faith. It definitely became an anthem for our generation as we all seemed to be on this desperate search for meaning, the search for happiness. This search for peace. Maybe the reason we still haven't found what we're looking for is because we're looking in the wrong place. I'm starting a new series today that I'm calling iTunes Theology. We're going to take a song from the culture, some current and some classic, but then we are going to download God's play list of truth so that we can find the meaning and the purpose that we are all searching for. I want you to open your Bibles to the book of Psalms. It's our key verse for the whole series right here. Psalm 40:3. Would you stand in honor of God's Word and just read it out loud with me? "He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord."
Lord, I pray today that we would really see You for who You are so that we would put our trust in You. So many times, Lord, we are looking for meaning and fulfillment, but we look in the wrong places, so I pray today that You would really help us download Your truth to understand where we can find meaning, that we can find it in You. For it's in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
You can be seated.
God wants your life to be a song that people need and want to hear. A song that cuts through the monotone of meaningless existence and delivers hope. A song that cuts through the noise of image and delivers authenticity. A song whose lyrics don't contain all the answers, but whose melody and lyrics together point people to the answer, Jesus Christ. God downloaded that desire in every one of our hearts to have a life song like that. The problem is we are looking for our life song in the wrong place. I sort of want to preach the message today with the lead singer of U2, Bono. I'm going to make a point and Bono is going to follow up on it each and every time. The first thing I want you to see is what you're looking for is
1. NOT FOUND IN RELIGION, BUT IN RELATIONSHIP. Jesus came not to bury us in rules and rituals, but He came so that we could have a relationship with the God who created us.