(Photo: NewSpring via The Christian Post)
South Carolina's NewSpring Church led by Pastor Perry Noble will be starting a new sermon series this coming Sunday titled, "Don't Waste Your Life." The multi-campus megachurch begins the provocative series after creating a bit of a stir for moving last Sunday's evening services to last Saturday night so that its congregants could opt to watch the Super Bowl.
"The average life expectancy in America is 78-years-old. That's 28,470 days, give or take a leap year," reads a church announcement about the new series. "So what are you doing with your days? How do you spend them?
"Your life is too short to wander, to be filled with regret, or to pass by opportunities He puts in front of you. Don't let it slip away. Don't waste your life," the series promotion concludes.
On Wednesday, Noble posted in his blog "Three Questions to Consider:"
#1 - Do you believe God has a purpose for your life...but have NO idea what it is?
#2 - Do you find yourself bored often and wishing that life had more to offer?
#3 - Are you doing anything right now that is actually going to matter in 100 years?
He stated that the series will dive into issues such as:
Does God really want to bless me?
What is a spiritual gift and do I have one?
If God has called me to do something then that means I am going to hate it, right?
I don't really feel like I'm good at anything...so could I really make a difference?
This week, Noble tweeted on the subject as well. "What are you doing right now that is actually going to matter in 100 years? #eternalperspective," he posted on Twitter Wednesday. Those unable to catch the series in person will be able to view the sermons archived on the church website.
NewSpring, a multi-campus megachurch with eight locations in South Carolina, was not the only church to alter its services last weekend to accommodate Super Bowl viewers. However, apologist Chris Rosebrough told The Christian Post recently that people who don't care about the game, and would rather be at church, are basically being told that the Super Bowl is more important than their weekly church routine.
Other Christians, such as Barnabas Piper, who works in marketing and acquisitions at Moody Publishers, wrote in World Magazine that no church should make its people feel guilty for missing a service in favor of the big game. "This is as much a church culture issue as it is a scheduling one … to judge those who miss a service in favor of gathering with friends and family to enjoy each other's company and, hopefully, a great game is legalism."
Last year, Noble's book Unleashed! was given high praise from notable Christian leaders such as Pastor Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv, who said that in his new book, "Noble will push you to unleash your spiritual potential by going full throttle with Christ."
A description of the book on Noble's website about the book reads, "God doesn't want you to be a spectator of what He has done. He wants you to be a participant in what He is doing."