Two weekends ago, I began a new series entitled “God in Blank Spaces.” The idea of this series is to connect our thinking about who God is as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with what God does in our world. One question I pondered quite a bit is this: if God is who we say He is, then what does that mean for the world in which we live?
There are places in our world where it seems like God is absent. There are peripheral places and marginal spaces where people are often forgotten, even by us. But they are not forgotten by God. In fact, the Scripture tells us again and again that God shows up in the blank spaces, the margins and the periphery. Because the love of God is at the heart of who He is, God is already standing in the midst of the blank spaces of our world. And He is inviting His people to join Him there.
Here is the video and sermon outline of the first message of this series, “God of the Lost Ones.”
The Triune God and the Mission of God
The Father sending the Son
The Father and Son sending the Holy Spirit
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit sending the Church
Blank Spaces and the Bible
Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar (Genesis 16-17, 21)
Joseph (Genesis 37-41)
Ruth (Ruth 1-4)
Samaritan Woman at the Well (Luke 4)
Widow with Son (Luke 7:11-17)
Thief on the Cross (Luke 23:32-43)
Leper (Matthew 8:1-4)
Where are the Blank Spaces of Our World?
Living with God in Blank Spaces
“Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)