SERMON NOTES

Notes for 5.19.19

UPSIDE DOWN KINGDOM

More Than Sandcastles

May 19, 2019

Matthew 6:33

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

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King on a Cross

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Mark 8:31-36

Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son of Man must suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. HE WOULD BE KILLED, BUT THREE DAYS LATER HE WOULD RISE FROM THE DEAD. 

As he talked about this openly with his disciples, Peter took him aside and began to REPRIMAND HIM for saying such things.

Jesus turned around and looked at his disciples, then REPRIMANDED PETER. “Get away from me, Satan!” he said. “You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”

Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD BUT LOSE YOUR OWN SOUL?

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Mark 9:33-35

After they arrived at Capernaum and settled in a house, Jesus asked his disciples, “What were you discussing out on the road?” But they didn’t answer, because THEY HAD BEEN ARGUING ABOUT WHICH OF THEM WAS THE GREATEST. 

He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take LAST PLACE and be the SERVANT of everyone else.”

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Mark 10:35-43

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do us a favor.”

“What is your request?” he asked.

37 They replied, “When you sit on your glorious throne, we want to sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.”

41 When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

David Brooks’ conclusion:

“The natural impulse in life is to move upward, to grow in wealth, power, success, standing. And yet all around the world you see people going downward. We don’t often use the word ‘humbling’ as a verb, but we should. All around the world there are people out there humbling for God. They are making themselves servants. They are on their knees, washing the feet of the needy, so to speak, putting themselves in situations where they are not the center; the invisible and the marginalized are at the center. They are offering forgiveness when it makes no sense, practicing a radical kindness that takes your breath away.”

The way up is down … descend into greatness

The way to be rich is to be generous

Luke 6:38

Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full … pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

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2 Timothy 2:8-10

Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach. And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained. So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.

Matthew 6:9-13 KJV

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.