"Never Going Back"

Stepping into God’s call means leaving behind our former ways of living.

If we have endured the coronavirus pandemic but never encountered God’s presence refining us through it, we will have wasted this time.

In Southeast Christian Church’s upcoming “Never Going Back” sermon series, Senior Pastor Kyle Idleman will encourage everyone to look to the future and never go back to old routines and old ways of living.

“We as a church want to step into this season wholly surrendered to what God will do next and fully engaged in the hard and holy work that is ahead of us,” Idleman said. “This is our stake in the ground. This is our heart’s cry. This is our invitation. We don’t want to waste the significance of this season—we are never going back.”

The six-week sermon series will begin Sunday, May 31, with a sermon titled “Refusing to Change” that takes a look at the story of Namaan in 2 Kings 5.

Namaan was an army commander with leprosy. He went to the prophet Elisha seeking healing, and Elisha told him to dip seven times in the Jordan River. Though the request seemed absurd, Namaan humbled himself and was healed.

Repentance and humility bring wholeness to our lives.

“Digging for Nothing” (June 7) is based on Jeremiah 2:13, which says, “’My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.’”

Never going back to man-made wells that never satisfy means finding satisfaction in the living water that never runs dry and never fails.

The June 14 sermon, “Settling for Superficial,” will look at how Ruth embraced intentionality, dependence and purpose in her relationship with Naomi—never going back or settling for surface-level relationships.

“Chasing the Dream” (June 21), will discuss the call of Elisha and how he burned his plows and left everything else behind to follow God.

He never went back to chasing what didn’t matter.

“Running From Hard” (June 28) will focus on when Jacob stopped running from God and began wrestling with Him in Genesis 32.

We’ve been given an opportunity in this season to remove every distraction and wrestle with God through our doubt, our fear and our laziness and to invite him to move in our lives like never before.

“Returning to Routine” (July 5) will study the Israelites after being released from slavery in Egypt and how they began to romanticize their time in slavery.

We must declare that we are never going back to the way things have always been.