Man we are having fun with our January Sermon Series here in the life of Assurance. Anybody that has seen the Star Wars Trilogy knows that there are significant religious overtones that generate great conversations about life and faith. This past Sunday, Danny and I used a quote from George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, that stated his intentions:

“I see Star Wars as taking all the issues that religion represents and trying to distill them down into a more modern and easily accessible construct. . . I put The Force into the movie in order to try to awaken a certain kind of spirituality in young people. . . I wanted to make it so that young people would begin to ask questions about the mystery.”   

This past Sunday we discussed the power of the Holy Spirit, portrayed in the movie as "The Force". We talked about how, although similar in concept, the Holy Spirit is different from "The Force" because it's personal, it's accessible and available to all. It's similar in that it is  empowering us to do things we could never do on our own.  

This coming Sunday, Daniel and Danny preach at both campuses and discuss the way that Apprenticeship and Community are portrayed in the movie and how our Christian Faith affirms the importance of learning with and from one another. The Christian Faith doesn’t work in a vacuum because at the heart of our Gospel is the call to "do life" together.  

On January 24 we discuss the Dark Side and Temptation via the fall and the conversion of Anakin Skywalker (aka Darth Vader). We will discuss the role of fear in our lives and what to do about it. 

On January 31, we discuss Yoda and the value of Wisdom with some real tangible and applicable wisdom saying that are scripted in Star Wars but really come from the Scriptures.  

And on February 7, we discuss “A New Hope” and truly our Only Hope. We see that hope often comes from the most unexpected places, most specifically when the odds for success seem low. Similarly, we find hope (the only true eternal hope) in a carpenter from Nazareth.

Why does Star Wars speak to our culture?  Because it taps into the Wonder and Amazement that is planted into our heart and soul by God, who created us in His image. We are in awe of wonder and amazement because God is wonderful and God is amazing!!! Imagine if during this series, if that wonder and amazement translated to commitment towards and engagement with God's kingdom, which isn't in a galaxy far away - but Jesus brings it close. Well that would make this journey quite remarkable and more important than Lucas' wishes being fulfilled, God's work would be advanced. Now that's something to get excited about.  

May the Lord be With you!!!