Are you self-confident? Do you live confidently? Does it fluctuate with the circumstances? Does it just fluctuate, period?
For many of us, perhaps most of us, confidence is fleeting - dependent on a host of human and earthly variables. It's influenced by our history, how practiced we are in an art or athletics. It's dependent on our age, the subject matter or our temperament at the time.
If you plug in "confidence" on Amazon you'll discover 1,056,785 results. If you scroll through the titles they'll be a preponderance of long titles telling you how great you really are. Like last week's focus on "purpose," an examination of "confidence" uncovers a human character flaw that acts like a bucket with a big hole in it. We just can't fill it up for good or for long.
Sunday's worship is focused around confidence - or more accurately stated, Christ-confidence!
As it turns out, it's the "self" in "self-confidence" that is the problem. However, when it is replaced by something (or better yet) someone, powerful, loving, consistent and complete, produces all that (and more) in the human soul.
Our Biblical focus is the fundamental, "Gospel-in-a-nutshell" John 3.16 and Ephesians 2.1-10. Both declare a powerful, loving, consistent and complete Love that provides a confidence for life beyond and above circumstances.
Sunday's confidence-building hour will also include receiving the Lord's Body and Blood and the Installation of our Early Learning Center faculty/staff.
I'm looking forward to the confidence boost the Lord has in store for us all!