Posts Tagged ‘Obedience’

Upside Down Kingdom


  • Last week, we started looking at a portion of the sermon on the mount where Jesus talks about what it means to obey his commands. Our big idea was that following Jesus means obeying Jesus.
  • We mainly focused on the “why” behind our obedience.
  • In other words, since Christians are saved because of Jesus’ obedience, not our own efforts, why should we now obey? And the answer was, out of love for God.
    • We don’t obey in order to be accepted by God. We obey because we’ve already been accepted by God.
  • You could think of it in this way. Last month I bought Bri flowers. I did not buy those flowers because I’m hoping that my Bri would one day marry me in return because she sees what a great guy I am. If that was my reason for buying those flowers, I completely miss the fact that Bri already married me when she made her vowels to me. I bought her flowers as a way to express and demonstrate my love for her.
  • This week we’re going to continue the conversation on obedience by looking at the rest of Matthew 5. And our goal is to see what kind of obedience calls us to.

Big Idea: Following Jesus is anything but easy.


Upside Down Kingdom


Attention Funnel: State Law or Old Testament Law


  • The Bible is full of laws and commandments.
  • One of the struggles for a Christian is to know how to make sense of and respond to all these laws.
  • Should we just get rid of the Old Testament and all its commands since we have Jesus now?
  • Another way to put this is what’s the role of obedience? Should we try to obey God? If being a Christian depends on Jesus work, not our obedience, then why?
  • I’m not going to answer all these questions perfectly tonight, but as we look at the next part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, my goal is to help us see how Jesus would have us think about the Old Testament and whether we should obey the commandments in the Old Testament.

Big Idea: Following Jesus means obeying Jesus.

Read Matthew 5:17-20 (more…)

For Such A Time As This

Posted: November 29, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Esther Lessons
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Attention Funnel: Opposites Game


  • Two things that often seem to be opposite are God’s sovereignty and our action.
  • God’s sovereignty means that he is in control of everything that happens. He has directed history to the exact place that we are ate right now. Nothing has happened that he did not plan and purpose to happen.
  • Currently he is directing every detail according to his will, nothing happens that is outside of his control.
  • And he knows all that will happen in the future because he has planned for it to happen already and he has the power to make it happen.
  • Verses: Ephesians 1:11; Proverbs 19:21; Isaiah 44:7; 64:8.
  • It’s easy to respond to this by saying, “Well then it doesn’t matter what I do. If God is entirely in control, if he has worked out history, is guiding the present, and already planned out the future… then why does it matter what I do?”
  • Like going to a restaurant where they give you a menu and there’s only one choice – “Do you want the roast beef or the roast beef?” You don’t have any choice. This is how we can often paint God’s sovereignty and our action… it’s one or the other, but they can’t go together.
  • But Esther Chapter 4 and 5 show us something different

Big Idea: Faith in God’s sovereignty leads to action.

  • Set the Stage for where we are.
    • Persia – Most powerful empire in the World.
    • Xerxes – The current King who is self-centered and over-indulgent.
    • Esther – Has risen to become queen through an immoral situation.
    • Mordecai – Esther’s cousin and adoptive father who is also in a position of power.
    • Haman – The second most powerful man in the Empire – Mordecai disrespects and refuses to show him honor and Haman responds by coming up with a plan to kill all the Jews in Persia.

 Passage: Esther 4-5:8

Main Points

  • Theology is more than just head knowledge.
  • You are where you are because God wants you there.
  • Faith translates to risky obedience.
  • Jesus took the ultimate step of risky obedience for us.


Mixed Messages #1: Freedom

Posted: January 21, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Mixed Messages
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Series Introduction:

  • There are certain ideas that we seem to naturally believe.
  • They are messages that we have been submerged in whether we realize it or not.
  • They are things that we have heard over and over again and have come to accept as true.
  • But often these things are not true. Often these messages turn out to be false, and maybe even destructive.
  • Over the next three couple weeks I want to look at several of these ideas that I think we tend to believe and live according to that aren’t true. We are going to look at freedom, purpose, and beauty.

Lesson Introduction:

  • We’ll talk about the first one tonight: Freedom.
  • Mixed Message: Freedom means doing whatever you want to. Throw off anything that holds you back and do whatever feels right.
  • The idea is that freedom means you are your own master. You are only free when you are able to do whatever you want, whenever you want to.
  • And don’t let anyone look down on you who tell you that you should be different.
  • The only person you should really listen too is YOU!
  • The more that you let other people tell you what to do, who to be, or how to live, the less free you will be, and therefore the more unhappy you will be.
  • Picture Elsa in Frozen. When she is forced to hold in who she is and has to wear gloves around everywhere she is miserable, but when she is able to let it all out, “Let it Go,” then she thinks she is finally free.
  • Pitbull – “Freedom” ; Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”
    • Feel free, do whatever you want, whenever you want, with whoever you want. Feel free, who cares what they say?”
    • We run things, things don’t run we. Don’t take nothing from nobody.” It’s our party we can do what we want. It’s our party we can say what we want. It’s our party we can love who we want. We can kiss who we want.”
  • But this idea of freedom is false and can be very destructive and painful. Paul shows us this in Romans 6:15-23.

 Big Idea: Freedom is living as God designed you to live.