#6: Bargain

After 10 years of Forefront we’ve now done over 120 message series. Thought it might be fun and interesting to share with you my top twenty.

At Forefront we’ve moved quite a few times. On at least two occasions we found out that we could no longer meet where we were at with almost no warning. One of those times was back in 2002. We were meeting at a High School and suddenly they told us that they were going to change their air conditioning system over the summer, and so we couldn’t meet there till Fall. We decided to see if we could find a new permanent place to meet. Quickly we found a new High School for our Sunday morning services. The only problem was that there would be two weeks between the old and new meeting locations. What to do? Fortunately, we have an awesome family in our church who own a banquet hall and they said we could meet there for the two Sundays.

The problem then became what to do about our sermon series. We decided to end the series we were doing at the old school a little early so the last week there finished off the series. We also decided that we wanted to start a new series for the first week in the new high school. That meant we had to come up with a new idea for a two week series for those in between Sundays.

Fortunately there was a song that I loved and I felt like had some of the most powerful spiritual lyrics about pursuing God and the offer Jesus makes us. I thought it would be pretty easy and very fun to make that song into a sermon series. That song? “Bargain,” by The Who. Not only is it a rocking song, but check out the lyrics:

I’d gladly lose me to find you
I’d gladly give up all I had
To find you I’d suffer anything and be glad
I’d pay any price just to get you
I’d work all my life and I will
To win you I’d stand naked, stoned and stabbed
I’d call that a bargain
The best I ever had
The best I ever had

I’d gladly lose me to find you
I’d gladly give up all I got
To catch you I’m gonna run and never stop
I’d pay any price just to win you
Surrender my good life for bad
To find you I’m gonna drown an unsung man
I’d call that a bargain
The best I ever had
The best I ever had

I sit looking ’roundI look at my face in the the mirror
I know I’m worth nothing without you
In life one and one don’t make two
One and one make one
And I’m looking for that free ride to me
I’m looking for you

– featured on newchurches.com