Today, we are going to start in John 4 and we are going to launch into our second “We” statement.
John 4, we’re picking up right after Jesus met the woman at the well and the disciples were wondering if Jesus was hungry.
So often in our Western world thinking, we talk about “Jesus and me” and we personalize it so much. I believe, through looking at Scripture, that we should not only have a personal relationship with Jesus but also a shared relationship with Jesus.
Over the next few weeks we are going to look at what God is calling us to be about and stand for as a local church. I’ve been praying for you that God would build your faith. And has he builds your faith he would build our faith. There is something powerful that happens when we come together in faith.
Timothy is a great leader and his mentor is Paul who had previously been a religious thug (Saul).
One of the churches Paul planted was where he found Timothy. From there, Timothy played Robin to Paul’s Batman. Timothy led a church that was believed to be the size of 15,000. That’s like a church of millions today. Timothy was a high capacity leader.
1 & 2 Timothy are letters that Paul wrote to Timothy. Let’s jump in:
This is a series about killing that thing in each of us that has the potential to kill everything good in and around us: Pride.
Not the pride that you have about your kids or the pride you have when you “over-coach” your kids, or the healthy pride in your work. We’re talking about the pride that likes to see others fail. The kind of pride that makes you feel better about yourself. The bad pride that keeps you from apologizing or initiating a conversation.
Pride: It shuts you in while shutting God and others out.
When you’re filled with pride, there’s no room for anyone else in the room, including God.
If you weren’t here last week go back and watch it. If you don’t need it, I promise you your boss does.
This is a series that is about killing that thing in us that has the potential to kill us and everything around us: our pride. Not the good pride that inspires people to greatness, we’re talking about the pride that is a prison that shuts you in and God and others out. The kind of pride that’s so big it makes you the only person in the room and there’s no room for anybody else. It’s the pride that keeps you from admitting what you ned to admit, initiate what you need to initiate and listen to what needs to be heard.
This series is about calling out pride before it shuts God and others out. Name it, recognize it and don’t let it hold the remote control of your life.
Today we are going to address a very specific group: The 3P People. What makes someone a 3P Person?
This is the start of a brand new series called Killin’ It.
This is a series about that one thing inside of you and me that “Keeps you from…” and “Causes you to…”
To get started, here are some clues about what it is:
1. This is the one thing that keeps you from celebrating other people’s success.
2. It’s the one thing that keeps you from initiating an apology when you know you are wrong.
3. It keeps you from initiating an apology when you are only 5% wrong and the other person was 95% wrong.
4. It keeps you arguing the point after the fact that you’ve realized you don’t have a really good point.
5. Keeps you from admitting loss.
6. Keeps you from admitting weakness.
7. Keeps you from admitting you need help.
8. Keeps you from being honest with yourself.
9. Keeps you from being honest with others.
10. Keeps you from learning new things because you want others to think you know everything.
11. It’s what causes you to feel good when others fail.
12. It’s what causes you to power up when you should be opening up.
13. It’s what causes you to cheat instead of lose.
14. It’s what causes you to lie about your past.
15. It causes you to need the final word.
16. It causes you to buy things to impress people who aren’t even paying any attention to you.
Any guesses what this is?
We’ll be back with a new Sermon Series next week. Happy New Year!
Psalm 139:1-24 ESV
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
Isn’t that beautiful? Today I want to teach to you on the subject of David’s big hit. Turn to your neighbor and say, “I think this talk is for you.”
Anybody here not like music? That you honestly don’t like music? Pretty much everyone likes music. They say, “Music is the language of the soul.” I don’t know what that means, but it sounds good.
James 1:16-18 ESV
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
I want to speak to you this morning about fatal attraction.
Have you ever had one of those days that was just a bad day? You wake up late, had a bad dream, you don’t have a dog to kick because he ran away… just one of those bad days? How many of you have ever had a bad day?
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Isn’t that beautiful? This message is titled, “What Just Happened?” Turn to your neighbor and ask that question. “What just happened?”
Anybody have kids? I talk about my kids a lot. Do you remember the experience of bringing home your first child from the hospital? It’s a rush. Our firstborn, Zion (age 9), was six weeks early. For two weeks he had to stay in the hospital in the incubator and we had to stay in a hotel across the street.