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At Ignite we like to change things up and try new things. Over the last month we have tried recording some video sermons and playing them on Wednesday night. In the future, we are looking into recording all of the sermons and having them online for others to utilize. I thought I would share the video of my sermon from two weeks ago, just in case anyone is interested in taking a look.
A little over 20 years ago on a cold Minneapolis evening, Marlon Green found himself in a situation that he never expected to be in. He was 16 years old and had decided to head out to a party with a bunch of friends. After hanging out for a while, he noticed an older guy hanging around the party. The guy was 21 years old. His name was Laramuin Byrd. Eventually the two got into a heated argument. They were both a little drunk and both were very agitated. They kept going back and forth with each other. Neither of them would back down. In the middle of this battle Green noticed Byrd reach for something. Assuming it was a gun, Green decided to strike first. He pulled his gun out and Byrd three times in the upper body and then finished him off after he fell to the floor. At sixteen years of age, Green was a murderer. Eventually he was convicted of 25 ½ years in prison for manslaughter.
Before I get into my message for the night, I want you to know that you will have an opportunity to ask questions after the message. There may be a couple times when I will ask you a question and I want you to feel free to answer, otherwise wait till the end to ask your questions. I want everyone to leave tonight understanding the basic premises and the importance of this topic. On that note, let’s get started.
I realize that not all of you are on sports teams, but the majority of you are involved in some sort of competition. So whether you’re on the basketball team or the speech team, it’s the same. What is the ultimate goal of anyone that is involved with a team? To become the best player they can be, and to help the rest of the team to do the same. Nobody joins a team with the goal of destroying it or dragging it down. There are both personal and group dynamics tied together. On a speech team, you want to become the best speaker that you can be. That’s the goal. Otherwise why would you join the team? Along with that, you also want to help the rest of your team become the best speakers that they can be. So, it’s not just about you. It’s about the team as well. Look at your own experience on a team. What are some ways you have done this? (more…)
Last week we spent some time looking at the Lord’s Supper–what it means and what it is. We took some time and looked at the record of the meal where Jesus instituted this sacrament. Tonight we are going to move forward to the next logical question–the question that Paul addresses immediately after this discussion. In 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Paul says, “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, ‘This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” So, Paul looks back to this same event talking about the Lord’s Supper. He ends it with a pretty intriguing sentence that once again reiterated the fact that this isn’t just an empty ritual. He says, “Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” Why should we do this? “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (more…)
As we start tonight, I want you to think back over your time in the church. Some of you have grown up in the church your whole life. Others of you have only recently been introduced to the Christian faith. As you think back over your time spent reading the bible and listening to sermons, has there ever been a point that has made you think “What?” Did they really say that? or did Jesus really say that? Or most of all, what does he mean by that? Let me give you a few from the book of John.
Right away in the book of John we see Jesus make a weird statement. Nathanael is amazed that Jesus knew where he was before he came to Jesus. Jesus responds and says that they will see many greater miracles than that. Then he says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man” (Jn 1:51). If Jesus is the Son of Man, that means that angels will be walking on Him in and out of heaven? If you remember, this is looking back to Jacob’s vision at Bethel. He saw angels ascending and descending on a ladder from heaven. Jesus is claiming to be a ladder. What does that mean? What is he getting at? (more…)
And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.”
This final message is one that I have been looking forward to ever since we decided on this series. I’m haven’t been looking forward to it because it means that I am done preaching for the weekend, but because it is a great way to end the weekend. As we begin this message, my prayer is that God will open your mind to understand this better and that he will open your eyes so that you can really see it. My prayer is that you will leave this retreat will a peace that you don’t understand and with a confidence you’ve never experienced. I can almost picture all of you walking out of this room, standing a little taller, walking a little faster, with a glimmer in your eye and a smile on your face. That is my prayer, may God do that work in us! (more…)
For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Tonights message is one that bites deep into our soul, especially to those who desire to follow Christ with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength. We hear the words come out of Jesus’ mouth, “Whoever is ashamed of me…” and we should stop right there. Something inside of us should feel the weight of what Jesus just said. We shouldn’t skip over those words quickly and lightly. We should stop and ask: Am I ashamed of Jesus? If I take the time to look at my life, how I live, how I talk, how I…, would people assume that I’m ashamed of Jesus? (more…)