Every year I ask God for three words of focus for our church for the new year. I then preach on them on the first Sunday of the year.
Here is this year’s message.
The flesh nature has a propensity to self sufficiency. We see all throughout the old testament the “Hey, I got this” attitude causing mankind to fall on it’s face time and time again in failure. We’ve been trying to do life on our own or get to God on our own as far back as Adam and Eve.
But Christmas reminds us of the good news. “Christmas is telling you that you could never get to heaven on your own. God had to come to you.” ~ Tim Keller
I was invited to speak this last Sunday at King’s Family Church. It was great to speak to new faces and to see old friends.
I spoke on the danger of going after the church as a family without the backdrop of the gospel to be there for us when our pride is wounded.
God is deeply committed to wounding our pride. Humility is letting go of what defines us apart from Christ.
Christmas is the time of year where coveting is accepted, celebrated, and encouraged. Tis the season as they say.
But God calls coveting a sin. In this message I talk about coveting and it’s antidote: contentment.
The dictionary defines coveting like this:
“Feeling or showing a very strong desire for something that you do not have and especially for something that belongs to someone else.”
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The bible says that the greatest kind of love lays down his life for his friends (John 15:13) and that love is not self-seeking (1 Cor 13:5 NIV).
Is that what we usually mean when we say we love someone?
Or have we flipped the definition of love upside down so that it really means that we have a strong like for the feeling we get when we are with them or for what they do for us? So much of what we call love is really just love for ourselves.
“We stay connected to people only as long as they are meeting our particular needs at an acceptable cost to us.” ~ Tim Keller
The bible says that we are not unaware of the Satan’s schemes and that he should not outwit us (2 Cor 2:11 NIV). It also says that “your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Pet 5:8 NIV).
As with most topics, there is overemphasis and underemphasis. It seems that in Western culture there tends to be more of an underemphasis and an explaining away of what the bible would refer to as the work of the devil and his demons.
The goal of this message was to instill a practical awareness of the devil’s schemes so as not to be outwitted, but instead to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).
Jesus told the Sadducees that they were wrong and he said that they were wrong for two reasons: because they knew “neither the Scriptures nor the power of God”. (Matt 22:29)
BOTH are necessary.
But do we know both? We commonly talk about knowing the scriptures. This week’s message focuses primarily on the importance of knowing the power of God.
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