In the midst of barbecue and burgers today, may we take a step back and be thankful as we remember the soldiers who have given their life so that we may live in freedom.
You may have had friends or family members who have given their life in service to our country. You may currently have friends or family serving in one of the branches of the military. Take time to thank them today.
FaithPoint Men, please remember that we are moving our new book discussion back one week. Instead of meeting on May 31, we will meet on June 7. If you have not yet purchased Multiply, by Francis Chan, you still have time. If you cannot find it locally at Books-A-Million or LifeWay, you can order it from Amazon or you can download it immediately for the Kindle or Kindle App. I am looking forward to discussing chapter one with you.
Here are the notes from our sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon is: The title for this sermon is: The System Didn’t Plan For This.
The American Dream is an illusion. It is a misnomer.
For every class of people, there is a status quo.
Let me explain: If you are poor, there is a status quo. If you are rich, there is a status quo. If you are middle class, there is a status quo. The status quo is infectious. It has invaded every area of our lives.
The status quo is a system of values, ideals and way of thinking that wants to suck you in and define your life. The status quo is designed to make you fit the cookie cutter image of average.
Some churches have a status quo.
Colleges have a status quo.
Neighborhoods and cities have a status quo.
Your job or career has a status quo.
The status quo plans on keeping everything “normal” by keeping everything the same.
Same is boring.
The system has never made room for anomalies. It can’t. It doesn’t know how. The status quo screams, “Don’t rock the boat!” “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.”
The status quo doesn’t allow for change. Progress is considered dangerous. The status quo keeps you from risk. It makes you believe that you are safe. It gives a false sense of security. It is comfortable.
Most people are fine with being average.
Rock climbers say that there is a point in their climb that because they have a good foot hold or they have a really good grip, they feel safe.
What are you comfortable with? The lack of risk?
The problem is that most people don’t know that they are wasting energy standing still. Being safe wastes energy.
What if God has called you to more than just paying bills and watching Netflix?
At some point, you have to do one of two things. You can stay where you are at and ultimately die because you have grown apathetic, complacent, and comfortable.
You can let go of what you are holding on to and reach out for what is next. You can follow God in faith and realize that he will guide you. He will not lead you astray. He will lead you exactly to the destination that he has designed for you.
Paul says, in verse 14, he presses on toward the goal.
Do you know who this verse does not apply to?
- people who are lazy
- people who are fine with average
- people who are comfortable
- people who have settled for less than God’s best
Do you know who this verse is for:
- Change Makers
- Passionate, devoted followers of Jesus
- Determined, dedicated, devoted husbands, wives, and parents
Jesus is not satisfied with just rocking the boat. He wants you to get completely out of the boat and walk on the water.
Christian: This is what God has to say to you: Isaiah 41:10
He says to not be afraid.
He says that He will strengthen you.
He will help you.
He will hold you up with His right hand.
What is holding you back from completely stepping out in faith and embracing the calling that God has given you?