Posts Tagged ‘Considering the Christian Life’

Consider Stirring One Another Up — Hebrews 10:19-25

// September 30th, 2015 // 1 Comment » // Sermons

One of the hardest things for a youth pastor, or a youth leader, is to watch teenagers fall away from the faith. We’ve watched teenagers fall away from the faith while they were in highschool and we’ve watched teenagers fall away after they graduate and enter college. I’ve noticed a pattern in both instances. The ones in highschool slowly stop attending youth group. It doesn’t happen all at once. I happens slowly and gradually. They start becoming disconnected from the group little by little. Then, they miss Ignite once because something comes up. Then they miss again awhile later. The pattern slowly becomes the norm. This pattern eventually carries over into their Sunday morning attendance. They find themselves separated from, basically, all Christian community. Then their faith slowly begins to dry up and their love grows cold. This can happen really quickly for those who leave home and attend college. at once they find themselves separated from their Christian community and lack motivation to find another one. The same pattern ensues. (more…)

Consider Jesus — Hebrews 3:1-6

// September 23rd, 2015 // No Comments » // Sermons

Hebrews 3:1–6 (ESV)

1 Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2 who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. 3 For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. 4 (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) 5 Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, 6 but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.

Some of you are unaware that I used to live in Montana. I lived there from 4th grade through 9th grade, when I moved back to Minnesota. One of my favorite things to do in Montana was bridge jumping. I realize that it’s illegal in Minnesota (it maybe was in Montana too, but I was ignorant). I still remember the first time I did it. We were actually at a church gathering. They had a large ranch down by the river and all of the teenagers were heading down to the bridge to jump. So, I went with them and had a blast. (more…)

Consider Your Calling — 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

// September 9th, 2015 // 3 Comments » // Sermons

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”” (1 Corinthians 1:26–31, ESV)  

I’ve been spending a bunch of time this past month reminiscing because of this verse. It starts off with a command–a command to consider your calling. It is actually saying to look back–to think over–our calling. I’ve been trying to take this command seriously.

I also want to clarify what Paul means by calling. For many of you, you would understand this to mean your “calling” in life–what you’re supposed to do for the rest of your life. There are times when the word “calling is used that way, but not here. Paul wants them to look back at their initial calling to the faith. Who were you when God called you to become a Christian? Where were you when you felt that tugging? What type of person were you? (more…)