Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
January 4, 2015 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The Divine Guidance: 2015 and Beyond
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday January 4, 2015
The Divine Guidance: 2015 and Beyond
“And I will pray to the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever” ( John 14:16 )
This is the first Sunday in the New Year of 2015. Like 
time, itself, human life moves from day to day. Unlike 
the perpetuity of time, human life is finite. Hence, life 
is a sojourn between birth and death. Historically, human 
kind has sought and utilized numerous methods and 
actions to forge on this journey. 
The holiday season is a time when few, if any, 
thoughts are given to the future - especially life after 
death. Instead, the emphasis is placed on the joy of 
Christmas and the excitement of the New Year. But 
the latent reality of life is nonetheless waiting. In this 
regard, the sermon for the First Sunday in 2015 was planned 
to address the need to confront the reality of life. 
Accordingly, it was entitled, The Divine Guidance: 2015 
and Beyond. The sermon will explore the following three 
concerns, namely: the human craving for guidance, the 
guidance that Jesus promised, and your need of dual 
guidance. 
To properly anchor the subject, it is deemed 
appropriate to define the word guidance as used herein. 
There are several definitions of guidance, but only two 
of them will be cited for use in this sermon. The first one 
is - the giving advice or information aimed at resolving a 
problem, difficulty or in making a decision. Guidance, 
secondly, denotes the act of giving advise or direction 
designed to help the inquirer stay on course or reach a 
decision. From these two definition, a pragmatic one is 
derived for use herein; it is direction for staying on course 
to reach a desired location. With this definition attention 
will now be directed to the earlier delineated concerns 
of the sermon, the first of which is - the human craving for 
guidance. This need for guidance dates back to Primitive 
mankind who was nomadic and it followed the grazing of 
cattle and the swimming of fish for guidance. After the 
discovery of stones, the wanderers left marks on trees to 
aid travelers after them. Centuries later when ship were 
built for sea travel there was a need for guidance in the 
form of maps; thus, Prince Henry the Navigator of 
Portugal fulfilled that need. For the westward 
expansion in American history, the famous Lewis and 
Clark Expedition was conducted. Since those early 
endeavors, humanity has been blessed with maps, 
highways, the internet, cell phones and GPS systems. 
This network of prints, road signs and guidance systems 
has greatly facilitated the experiences of travel. 
Unfortunately, none of them provide direction on the 
pathway of eternity nor accommodation at the end of the 
journey. This somber fact leads to the second concern 
of the sermon which is - the guidance that Jesus 
promised. The Holy Bible asserts that “God so loved 
the world that he gave his only begotten Son...”( Jo. 3:16 ). 
During his short ministry of a little more than three 
Jesus called and trained twelve disciples, performed 
miracles, endured criticism, announced his anointing 
to preach the gospel, often prayed, instituted the Lord’s 
Supper, spoke of his death and resurrection, and told 
his disciples that he was going away to his Father’s 
house. ( John 14:1 ). That news greatly saddened the 
disciples because they had become dependant upon the 
physical Jesus and, therefore, were troubled even by the 
thought of him no longer being amidst them. Beloved, the 
disciples’ quandary led to a divine assurance that 
continues to echo until the end of time. It was a promise 
of Divine Guidance - the title of this sermon. The promise 
was couched in three statements, namely: Jesus was 
going away to prepare place for the disciples and all 
believers, “the Father would send a Comforter, and 
the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the 
Father will send will teach you all things...” 
The glorious promise from Jesus leads to the third, 
and final concern of the sermon which is - our need for 
world and spiritual guidance. By the incident of birth, most 
Americans have been blessed with many agencies that 
provided guidance in our development. Starting in our 
family, we were exposed to formal education through 
many years. Other influences and directions came from 
religious organizations, boys and girls clubs, civic clubs, 
telecommunication, travel, social media and several other 
sources. Of particular concern in this sermon is the use 
of the cell phones for navigation and the GPS systems on 
automobiles. Both of these technologies can talk you to 
your destination. It is highly desirable to program in your 
home destination into the GPS. Hence, where ever you 
go there is always the assurance that a mere touch of the 
screen and you are headed home. Unfortunately, the task 
is a bit more complicated for the second location that 
must be faced; reference is herein made to home at the 
end of life. Be not dismayed, however, because Jesus 
promised the Divine Guidance System ( Jo. 14:26 ) and 
called him the Comforter. The system was installed on 
the Day of Pentecost ( Acts 2:1-2 ) and named the Holy 
Ghost. Oh! My Beloved, with all your techniques for 
guidance in this physical world, I prayerfully urge you 
to get - if you do not already have - the Divine Guidance 
System which is The Holy Ghost. Whereas the physical 
system gives voice instruction the Divine system touches 
the mind. In closing, best wishes for a very Happy New 
and be sure that you a guided by the Holy Ghost whom 
Jesus said, “...will teach you all things, and bring all 
things, to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said 
unto you.” Amen!
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