I Am the Door

Jesus calls people sheep. Like sheep, we are creatures with vulnerabilities who need to be protected and provided for. Jesus says He is the door to the sheep pen. He means that He is the way people find protection from those who want to hurt and harm them. He is the way to abundant life with God and His people now and forever.

Scripture: John 10:1-10

The Beginning of Wisdom

We’re faced with choices everyday. We need God’s wisdom to make good choices because bad choices will blow up on us. But there’s a tension. We’re all born wise in our own eyes. Our natural condition is foolishness, and too often we’re satisfied with it and stay put in it. So what is true wisdom, “the wisdom from above” as James describes. Why does it matter in our lives, and how do we get it?

Scripture: Proverbs 1; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; James 3:13-18

Don’t Trust In Yourself

Prayer is a window into our soul → prayer lays bare the human heart and Jesus time-and-time-again tells us He’s concerned with the heart. This parable tells us many things – one undeniable truth is that “God knows the difference between a parade of righteousness and the intention of the heart.” -James Edwards

Scripture: Luke 18:9-14

Don’t Take the Best Seat in the House

Jesus heals a man whose physical ailment is symptomatic of the religious leader’s spiritual ailment and he does so to confront the thinking the religious leader’s had regarding who God’s Kingdom belonged to. Jesus wants them to know that it belongs to the King and to whomever He gives admittance to. And the King gives admittances to those who lower or humble themselves because when you lower/humble yourself you’re pursuing Jesus and the way of Jesus.

Scripture: Luke 14:1-11

Unity Through Humility

Humility, as demonstrated by Jesus, is the choice to forgo status and withhold power for the good of others. The path to unity for any church or relationship is through humility.

If Jesus can _________, then I can _______.

  • If Jesus can forgive the men who humiliated him in front of his mom and friends, then I can forgive those who have offended me.
  • If Jesus can give his whole life to the Father’s mission on earth, then I can die to selfish ambition and dreams of temporary riches and security and pursue the spread of the gospel to all the nations.

In the incarnation, Jesus didn’t stop halfway in pursuing humility, and neither should we.

Scripture: Philippians 2:1-11

What Does Your Citizenship Look Like?

What do Christians living in 1st century Philippi and Christians living in the 21st century have in common? Both belong to increasingly marginalized minorities in countries where the culture espouses beliefs and values that contradict a Christian’s deepest commitment. How should we respond? Paul explains how in Philippians 1:27-30.

Scripture: Philippians 1:27-30

Have This Type of Attitude

Two people who are concerned for you: God and Satan → very clearly seen in 1 Peter 5:6-11. One thing I want you to internalize from this sermon is that iIn times of despair, suffering (context here in 1 Peter) you must be reliant/dependent upon the Lord.

Pastors teach the Bible so you’ll not be led astray, they serve as examples, they hold you accountable, help you wage war against your sin because you’ve been entrusted to their care and in the midst of all of that you/we need to be reliant/dependent upon the Lord. This passage tells us we should have an attitude of reliance.

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6-11; Matthew 5:7; Phillipians 2:1-11; Proverbs 8:13; Proverbs 16:5

Roles and Relationships in the Church

The way we relate to each other in the church, Pastors and members, younger or older, hinges on our relationship with Jesus. So, whatever role God’s given you in the church, live it out with the humility of Jesus.

For Pastors- you go first. “You must be what you want to see” in the church.

For members – if your younger, rather than making assumptions or assertions about the leaders, be teachable, and for all, put on the humility of Jesus.

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:1-5