EXTRA SERMON: Another Sermon on How Jesus changes our Day Job

For the last 6 weeks, we asked, "Why Work?" Why work exists, why work is sacred, why work is broken, why work hurts, why work is redeemed, why work is redemptive?

We were guided by a book called, Every Good Endeavor by Timothy Keller. In the following talk, you'll here Timothy Keller explain 5 of the greatest implications for how the Gospel changes our work. It is really worth your 27 minutes, while you cook dinner or fold clothes.


1. “Faith gives you an inner ballast without which work could destroy you.”

2. “Faith gives you a concept of the dignity and worth of all work, even simple work, without which work could bore you.”

3. “Faith gives you a moral compass without which work could corrupt you.”

4. “Faith gives you a world and life view that shapes the character of your work, without which work could master and use you.”

5. “Hope.”

BLOG – Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last Sermon at Ebenezer

While preparing for my sermon on Matthew 20:17-28, I learned that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached his last sermon in his home church Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA on the same text. His title was, "The Drum Major Instinct." It is a fascinating sermon. He goes in a different direction than I did, but with great effect.

In his sermon he addresses the evils of segregation and class warfare. He speaks about war and education. His sermons are still ripe with challenges that must be heard still in 2016. He challenges many of our assumptions and many of the political narratives of the last 50 years, and that is why we must listen to him. Challenges help us figure out what we actually believe far more than unquestioned assumptions. 

And so Jesus gave us a new norm of greatness. If you want to be important—wonderful. If you want to be recognized—wonderful. If you want to be great—wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. (Amen) That's a new definition of greatness.

And this morning, the thing that I like about it: by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, (Everybody) because everybody can serve. (Amen) You don't have to have a college degree to serve. (All right) You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve. You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. (Amen) You only need a heart full of grace, (Yes, sir, Amen) a soul generated by love. (Yes) And you can be that servant.


and see the original transcript here. 

Weekly Bible Reading Plan – May 15-22

The center column holds the main text for each day, while the right column includes secondary texts.

Basic Tips:1.) Use a translation you can understand. If new to the Bible, try the NIrV or The Message, which are both available online. 2.) Use a kids Bible with kids. 3.) Keep a pencil and notebook around to write down questions, observations, and conclusions. 4.) Have fun. Use your imagination and your brain.

Our PSALM - PS - Reading Plan -  May 15-22.2016 - Prize Presence and Serve Hard

Questions to Guide You:

Slight change of plans this week. We’re stepping away from Matthew for 6 weeks to remind ourselves of Oakland’s Vision and Values, which we abbreviate our P.S.A.L.M. because it is our worship of God in action. P. stands for “We Prize Presence.” We value the presence of God more than all. We are not a social club or country club, we are ravenous to know and experience God. But God promises to meet us “where two or three are gathered,” and so we’re committed to being present to one another and intentionally present to our community. S. stands for “We Serve Hard.” Saved people serve people, because we were served by Christ. We want to be a people with Soft Hearts and Calloused Hands.

  • Hebrews 10, says because of Jesus, we can now enter into the very presence of God. Have you ever felt God’s presence intimately? Would you say you “know about God” or “know God”?
  • What does it mean to you to experience the presence of God? When has God felt closest to you? Why do you think that was?
  • Psalm 73 contrasts those who prize what the world values, and those who prize God’s presence, what is the difference? Is one hedonistic and one ascetic?
  • John 14, promises that Jesus will not leave us as orphans but will be present to us by the Holy Spirit. What does that mean? How do we recognize the Holy Spirit?
  • What two things does Paul share in 1 Thess 2:8? Why are both important? How can we love Cleveland and our literal neighbors with “not just the gospel of God, but our very lives as well”?
  • How can you be more present to God and present to the people God has put around you for you to love?
  • Our second principle is SERVE Hard. Why did Jesus come according to Mark 10, and how should that affect us? How does it motivate us?
  • What was Jesus’ attitude according to Phil 2, and how should we have the same attitude? What does it mean to “look to the needs of others” and “consider others before yourself”? Why don’t people do these regularly?
  • How does service result in “God being praised in all things through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 4:11)?
  • Where are you serving? Where can you be serving?

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