My talk from Community 242 worship Night in Lancaster, Oh on Humility from the book : “Cross Cultural Servanthood” by Daute Elmer:
You can listen to it online at http://crosspointefwb.com/newsermons.html
Battle of the Mind….”Love the Lord your God with all your mind…”
More notes from sermon to be posted soon.
My pastor and I were having a conversation about teaching. It is great to teach truth from the Bible, that is essential, but if you teach truth without love, without agonizing in love with and for the flock then your teaching breaches legalism. We must teach in love. We must not teach love only without the Bible and truth, that leads to liberalism. (And a bunch of other way off base cults, post-modern relativism, etc…)
There is a balance. You must teach truth, but we must teach with love.
It got me thinking, I am passionate about truth and the Word of God, I love God, but am I being legalistic? Am I agonizing over my learners and students? I love my church and my students but am I putting the two together? Am I agonizing for my students? Am I teaching them only because it is truth and it is right? Or am I teaching them because I love them and know that this truth is what is best for them?
A lot of great stuff to ponder today
In life as a Christian we can wear either grave clothing or grace clothing.
This was a great illustration my pastor used during a sermon.
It comes down to our two options as a Christian:
obedience in Christ or disobedience in Christ.
When we are living for God and being obedient we are in God’s grace and receive his blessings.
When we are living for ourselves and not in obedience with God, we are wearing grave clothing. We are as good as dead!
I recently listened to John Piper talk on the topic of Youth Ministry.
His sermon was very good and really challenged me.
It is a free listen at desiring God.com, where you can stream it or download it.
I highly recommend listening to it.
Here are some things that are stirring me still as I reflect on his sermon:
Let the Word of God burn in our hearts!
If we youth ministers really let the Word of God resonate in our hearts and minds, if we truly reflected on and memorized the Word before we began teaching our students…can you imagine what our sermons would sound like? Imagine the impact of the Word in our students’ hearts and minds?
If the Word of God was burning in our hearts, then it would begin to burn in our students’ hearts as well.
We would start a revolution, a fire for God!
Sometimes we just work week-in, week-out. We do enough to get by, maybe read over our message twice and the Word of God is not quite resonating in our own hearts, let alone our students’!
Let us pray over the Word before we begin studying for our sermon/talk. Let us slow down! Let us settle on the Word. Let us delight in the Word. Let the Word BURN in our hearts! Open our eyes Lord to the WORD of God! Let the Word shock our students’ lives. Let us have ONENESS with God and His Word! That is radical but it is real.
This is how to start a revolution! Take delight in God’s Word in your own life. Take care of your walk. Let the passion of God’s Word pour out and infect our students!