On the Threshold

SERMON NOTES
April 19, 2015
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
John 20:19-23
The Power of Anticipation

On The Threshold

Most of us go through seasons in our lives where we are waiting, a pregnant season of transition that can either cause us to be filled with fear or be filled with anticipation.

Liminality (from the Latin word līmen, meaning "a threshold"[1]) The liminal state is characterized by ambiguity, openness, is a period of transition where one's sense of identity dissolves to some extent, bringing about disorientation.

Theme: In times of waiting or in times of the in-between we are on the threshold of God’s giving us a new sense of purpose.

Often we cannot see what is around the corner. Often we do not anticipate what God is going to do with us. Rather, we huddle in fear, but God breathes new life in the very places that we declare are dead. Through the power of the Holy Spirit in our waiting we are on the cusp of a great new chapter.

Luke 24:36-49. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

That is Jesus’ profound advice for his disciples, stay and wait. That is Jesus’ profound key for all of our transitions, stay and wait.

So if you are in transition, in-between or if you find yourself waiting, I encourage you to...
trust…pray…stay…lean into God’s promises and anticipate that God is up to something