Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sun. Jan. 16, 2011 (Kevin Hiebert)

Kevin spoke on "God's plan for you", looking at ways in which God has been portrayed in history, but seeing all of this through the eyes of modern office workers accustomed to Project Management. Kevin spoke of God "assembling the team" when creating the Trinity. God is often portrayed as "defining the project objectives", the next typical stage in project management, and also as "defining the project's scope", which is finally seen as being global. God is at times portrayed as "constructing an initial plan and schedule", for Jer 29 has God revealing that "I know the plans I have for you", including 70 years in captivity. Even Jesus (Luke 14) spoke of "identifying resources, costs, risks" before undertaking a project. There are many instances in scripture in which God tried to get "stake holder buy-in" (Ps. 40.7-8: I delight to do your will). Next, one must publish the plan so people know about it, a plan with a series of decision gates which offer options, something often encountered in the prophets (buy in by repenting, or get out of the project). One then collects information, monitoring and analyzing the progress, often looking at it both with a wide-angle and with a telephoto lens. Next, one often needs to adjust the plan, hence the difference in revelation between the New and Old Testaments, and the expansion to include those not Jewish. Finally one closes the project and celebrates (Revelation 20). [JEK] Listen to the sermon audio MP3 recording from Sunday, January 16th, 2011 using your browser's preferred media player.



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