A summary of all the big ideas from the 2013 sermons and series. Below is a transcript of this video:
Each day, you need to be with God if you want to have a genuine relationship with him. God's word is incredibly powerful and good things happen when you learn it, love it, and live it. It will accomplish what God desires. It will achieve the purpose that God had in mind when he first spoke it. If you read the Bible and you don't come to Jesus, you've missed the point.
We are on a mission from God. Every Christian is sent by God into the world to make disciples and to do good. You can have a tremendous influence right where you are so bloom where you're planted. We want to ramp up our church planting efforts; we want to help more people find and follow Jesus.
The Bible is the story of God and us; when God intersects yours, you begin to live a new story. God is in the act of redeeming us. He's winning back what's lost. God created, we rebelled, God redeemed, and God sends us. This is the story of Jesus. It's the gospel, the good news that God entered our world, that he became one of us, that he lived a perfect life and then sacrificed that life and then was raised from the dead. God is simply asking us to have faith, to believe in Him–that he loves us–he really does. We are part of God's big story, every bit as much as Abraham or Moses or David or Peter or Paul. We're part of God's big story and as we're caught up in God's big story our story takes a whole new trajectory and is radically different.
A Glorious Mess
Welcome to a glorious mess. It's glorious because God's involved and it's a mess because we're involved. It's Jesus who changes us and he completes us even in the mess. God loved us while we were still sinners. God loved us while we were still in rebellion and far from him. If you really want to feel something good for someone, do something good for them. Love edifies or love builds up. Love is action. Love is behavior. Love is something we do. Love is doing what's best for others no matter what it costs you. If you were going to excel at anything, excel at love.
Jesus makes a difference in us in order that we can make a difference in the world we live in. Jesus has bought you. Jesus has ransomed you from evil. Jesus has given you back to God and he's made you a new creation. You are a new person. There's a new life in Christ with your name on it just waiting for you to take it. It's time to become what God has made you to be. Jesus calls you the salt of the earth and the light of the world. You're a change agent! And you are more influential than you know. You spice up life. You make people thirsty for God. You make the unseen God visible to a watching world. You bring God's joyous presence with you. You make life better.
The Meaning of Marriage
Marriage is a mystery isn't it. In marriage, there are days when it seems impossible to embrace the other. I often tell people that forgiveness is the glue that holds marriages together. It's that promise that we make that makes us sticky. The secret of marriage is loving your spouse like Jesus loved you. Do for your spouse what God did for you in Jesus. We're to sacrifice. We're to give. We're to serve to make our spouse awesome. Each of us are trying to follow Jesus and become all that God wants us to be and we help each other toward that goal. What if God chose you to be the conduit of his love to your spouse?
On the first Christmas, God came to earth undercover and almost everyone missed him. If we were imagining God coming to earth we would imagine something bigger–something grander–something fit for a king. Almost everyone missed Jesus on the first Christmas because they didn't come the way they expected. And many of us miss what God is doing in our own lives for the same reason. If you invite him in today, he'll come, I promise you, he'll come.