Sunday Debrief: Courageous Leadership (2/2/14)

I’m grateful for Sundays like this past one. Where I feel like the sermon was a swing and a miss and somehow, by the grace of God, the Lord ministers to people through it and they let me know. (Tim Keller has mentioned that you need 200 sermons under your belt before you are a competent preacher, so check back with me in 2016 or 2017.) (Also, for all of the “Hans, you did fine” commenters [which don’t really exist], I’m really not looking for sympathy—promise).

Courageous Leadership. For you guys out there, here’s your clip. . .

For you Matt Damon fans, here’s your clip. . .

For everyone else. . .

Granted, those last two aren’t really about courageous leadership, but more just courage. Still, you get the idea. We pray and hope for a church of people courageous enough to lead out in this world for the name and fame of Jesus.

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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 Waiting (10/13/13)

I think I was supposed to write more entries last week. (I don’t think I was, I know I was.) I guess blogging falls down the priority list from time to time (especially the times where I fall asleep much earlier than expected). On to Sunday! 

Suffering. Some Sundays are easier than others to preach. This was one of those. Preaching about pain, hurt, disease, and our hope in Christ through those things. Everybody hurts. Everybody suffers. May hope for the Christian is that she doesn’t see it as meaningless and, more importantly, doesn’t see it as worth much compared to the coming King. 

(HT to Jeff Medders for showing me this video. John Piper references 2 Corinthians 4:17 in his sound byte).

So our Sunday focused on suffering, and the hope of the return of Jesus in it. . . 

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Sunday Debrief: I am Adopted (9/8/13)

Those in Christ are adopted into the family God. Let that sink in.

You are a son, not a slave. You stand not in slavery, but in life as a son or daughter of God, with Jesus as your brother–now and always. This past Sunday excited me because I got to share about one of my favorite topics–belonging to the family of God. And I was extra excited because of the kindness of one Randall Goodgame (we often sing his music during our family worship) who let Evan, team, and a few children (whom I pretended were adopted by their parents when I began preaching) sing his song “I’m Adopted” during the service. (Read Randall explain the song here, and buy all his music here [or on iTunes, but I’m not linking you there]).

After the service Evan told me I couldn’t make any more song requests on Sunday morning. I’m not sure if I will oblige him, though, because he goes above and beyond to involve people in our church family and do the boring things like get permission to play songs such as Randall’s. . .

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Sunday Debrief: I am Gifted (8/25/13)

Another Sunday, another funday.

Continuing in the Who am I? series, we hit the topic of giftedness–that each person in the body has some unique way in which he or she will be used by the Spirit to mature the body. Truth is, we all need each other and the various gifts in order to be the body that God designed us to be–and to grow into maturity as He desires.

I took a moment in the sermon to speak on the gift of prophecy and wanted to share with you one of my sources.  

What Is Prophecy in the New Covenant? from Desiring God on Vimeo.

(Now, I gotta be honest, sometimes I picture these gifts like Christmas gifts. I shouldn’t, and definitely do not encourage you to. I’m not sure why that is, other than the fact that people usually get the most gifts at Christmas time. This, of course, makes the Holy Spirit like Santa Claus and Santa Claus judges us based on whether or not we are bad and good so I think the whole thought should just be thrown out.)

There’s much to consider when we think about the gifts, but a few things are true. . .

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Sunday Debrief: Compelled to Continue (7/21/13)

We are getting close to the end. Close to the completion of our Acts series. About a year after we began, we will be finishing up. And today was a great Sunday. (Don’t ask me what makes one Sunday better than another. It is almost completely arbitrary.)

We use a semi-confusing pattern for planning services and working on sermons. It leads us to often say, “Wait. What Sunday are we talking about?” Needless to say, it requires us to stay in planning mode a lot. However, on Sundays like this, we (or I) get to call an audible. There are always dates on the preaching calendar (which maps out our passages over the course of a year) that are “open” and, at times, we can fill those with what we want. I wanted to finish Paul’s third journey (Acts 21:1-16), and I’m glad we did, because it touches on how we should act when believers want different outcomes.

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