Preparing for Worship // July 02, 2017

Preparing for Worship // July 02, 2017

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How do you define success? What needs to happen in your life for you to feel like you’ve made it–like you’ve arrived? Some might define success as a certain job or career path. For others, seeing your children happy and healthy might make you feel successful. Or perhaps, your idea of greatness centers around finances and having enough money to live a comfortable life. For me, writing a book feels like the pinnacle of success. Most of my vainglorious daydreams center around writing a book that receives accolade from others. What would make you feel successful? For Jesus’ disciples, success meant getting to sit at Jesus’ side in His kingdom.

For Jesus’ disciples, success meant getting to sit at Jesus’ side in His kingdom. They wanted the positions of power. You and I are no different. We want power, money, success, and comfort. Just like the disciples, we sit passively by until our interests are endangered; then we squabble and bicker to get what we want. For Jesus, success meant giving away everything by becoming human. It meant humbling Himself to the point that He was willing to serve His disciples by washing their feet.

For Jesus, success meant giving away everything by becoming human. It meant humbling Himself to the point that He was willing to serve His disciples by washing their feet. And it meant obeying His Father’s will even when it involved dying in the most shameful way devised by mankind. Jesus’ moment of greatness, His moment of success, was on the cross. As believers, we are called to follow His example. The lower we go, the more successful we are. The more humbly we serve, the more successful we are. And the more we give away, the greater we are. Rather than seeking our own success and our own greatness, Christ calls us to seek the good of others. He invites us to set aside our own dreams and goals in order to love and serve our friends, neighbors, and co-workers. As we enter worship this Sunday, we come to worship the one who gave up everything for us. As God of the universe, He deserved to promote His own agenda and His own greatness, but He was willing to put it aside and humble Himself to serve each one of us on the cross. This is who we worship. This is why we can deny ourselves to serve one another.

THE WORD

Scripture: Matthew 20:17-34
Sermon: Redefining Greatness

SONGS

Come All Christians, Be Committed (J.D. Goodwyne)
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Freed to Serve (J.D. Goodwyne)
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        Go Labor On  (Shane Martin)
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Thou Who Wast Rich (Ordinary Time)
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Song of Preparation: Hearts of Servants (Shane & Shane)
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Song of Response: Hear the Call of the Kingdom (Keith and Kristyn Getty)
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