Sunday Debrief: Servants of the Church (10/5/14)

It’s been an emotionally tiring few weeks. If you are a part of The Chapel family in any way, then you know why. It’s been hard to muster up entries on much of anything, but why not dive back in on a Sunday where we talk about (dun dun dun!) DEACONS. You know them as the nice people in the picture below.

If I were giving this sermon a baseball term I would say it was a bloop single—glad I at least got on base. I’m a bad journaler. Some people are journal rock stars, but this guy is not. So you get me blogging about my inadequacies instead. 🙂 However, I am grateful to be getting into these subjects a little more as a church (although, to quote Fike, these sermons “aren’t sexy”—he’s right).

So, on to deacons. . .

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Sunday Debrief: Celebration Sunday (4/13/14)

“Through profound pain and loss, God has revealed his grace and mercy. The Transformation series has shown our family and myself that is is all God’s. Everything we have, everything we are is his. To God be the glory.” —One of our dozens of response cards from Celebration Sunday. 

We’ve finished the Transformation 2014 series. Some are rejoicing that it is over. Others are saddened. The rest of you are in the middle and wondering what is next. 🙂  I’m grateful for all of you. 

If you weren’t here yesterday, you missed out on a sweet Sunday—one unlike our usual Sundays. Stories were told, people were challenged, and everyone was given an opportunity to say “this is how God has changed/is changing me” (writing that I thought, “Wait, this shouldn’t be ‘unlike our usual’”). The board of response cards has more than I’ve currently counted—dozens, but I’m not sure how many. 

To finish this series off I wanted to simply share four thoughts now that this is all finished. 

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Sunday Debrief: Where’s Your Heart? (2/16/14)

If you were at our 10:45 service, you know that JP and Jennifer Harris are now at the top of the “People I Love and Owe a Few Lunches to” list. If you weren’t, then you’ll just have to wonder why.

On to Sunday!

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,” says our Savior. We say, “Yeah, but you don’t know what it’s like to own an iPad, iMac, iPhone, MacBook, or car.” You’re right. Jesus didn’t own a car (at least not that I can see from the four Gospels). Jesus also didn’t own a closet. So what would he know about stuff?

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15

So do we have a high priest who knows what it is like to be tempted with things? To have a place to lay his head? Tempted to find value in possessions rather than the father? Absolutely. And do you know what he says? Stuff rusts and disappears. . .

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(From my science experiment Sunday morning—it isn’t sweet tea. It’s rust.)

Jesus has much to say about where our hearts are. . .

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Sunday Debrief: Making Time for the Father (11/3/13)

Nobody likes a poser but we all try to be one. And if we’re not careful, we’ll never be exposed. 

I wonder how many people would short-circuit spiritual growth if they knew they’d never be caught. We know that in many industries people do the exact same thing to proposer in their job, though we get angrier if they choose to do it in certain sports (like baseball). I couldn’t even escape the idea of cheating on the job while watching a movie with my kids on Friday. The whole storyline of Monster’s Inc. actually begins because a certain, slimy Randall Boggs cheats by padding his scream stats after closing hours. No, nobody likes a poser but we all try to be one. 

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(Was Barry Bonds a cheater? Only the court of public opinion has ruled; but it was cool to see this at Cooperstown).

In Matthew 6 Jesus reminds us of what is most important when we are considering our own pursuit of the spiritual life. It’s not that we are seen, how we are seen, or that we demonstrate it all publicly. No, what matters most is a life that pursues God in secret. Yet this is the hardest to actually show because it requires a deep love and desire to know (and be with) God when no one else is looking. . .

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Sunday Debrief: A New Priority (10/27/13)

Who do you say that I am?–Jesus (Matt. 16:15)

When you see Jesus as he truly is, he will be given the place that he is always due.

It’s funny how controlling we try to be and how we try to shoehorn Jesus into our lives so that we have some kind of resemblance of him. However, if Jesus really holds all things together, if he really created everything, if he really is the head of the church, if he really died so we might live…something’s gotta give. 

A buddy of mine came up to me in between the services and shared the Powers of 10 with me. I had seen it before but had completely forgotten about it until that point. So the second service got to go through this with me. The first service didn’t. I’m sorry, first service!

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Sunday Debrief: I Am Commissioned (10/20/13)

Sound the alarm. Call the guards. Tell your mama. We concluded our series! We spent 11 weeks focusing on who we are in Christ and ended with how all of those truths propel us to be serious about discipleship and the nations. Our community groups are finishing up their Gospel-Centered Life studies (which, in my estimation, has been too convicting for comfort), and we are headed toward our new series, “Something’s Gotta Give.” 

I rode shotgun on this one as Steve Elworth, Global Outreach Director (is that supposed to be capitalized?), preached. It’s one thing I love about The Chapel and, more specifically, Kevin McKee–always willing to give young guys a shot at things young guys don’t usually get a shot at unless they go and try to plant their own church. 

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