Sermon 10.30.11


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Sermon 10.30.11

  1. 1. The “Backward” Wisdom of God
  2. 2. The “Backward” Wisdom of God
  3. 3. The “Backward” Wisdom of God
  4. 4. The “Backward” Wisdom of God
  5. 5. GreatnessIt is not wrong to aspire to Greatness28Jesus said to them, “I tell you thetruth, at the renewal of all things,when the Son of Man sits on hisglorious throne, you who havefollowed me will also sit on twelvethrones, judging the twelve tribesof Israel.” Matthew 19:28
  6. 6. GreatnessIt is not wrong to aspire to GreatnessHere is a trustworthy saying: Ifanyone sets his heart on being anoverseer, he desires a noble task. 1 Timothy 3:1Those who have served well gainan excellent standing and greatassurance in their faith in ChristJesus. 1 Timothy 3:13
  7. 7. Greatness
  8. 8. GreatnessIt is not wrong to aspire to Greatness Humility is not thinking less of yourself. Humility is thinking of yourself less.
  9. 9. Greatness
  10. 10. Greatness
  11. 11. GreatnessAuthentic Greatness Receiving honor from God for advancing His reputation among people
  12. 12. GreatnessAuthentic Greatness4 I have brought you glory on earthby completing the work you gaveme to do. 5 And now, Father, glorifyme in your presence with the gloryI had with you before the worldbegan. John 17:4-5
  13. 13. GreatnessCounterfeit Greatness15Do not love the world or anything in theworld. If anyone loves the world, the love ofthe Father is not in him. 16 For everything inthe world—the cravings of sinful man, thelust of his eyes and the boasting of what hehas and does—comes not from the Fatherbut from the world. 17 The world and itsdesires pass away, but the man who doesthe will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:15-16
  14. 14. GreatnessOswald Sanders: “In essence, any ambition (for greatness) which centers around and terminates upon oneself is unworthy, while an ambition (for greatness) which has the glory of God as its center is not only legitimate but positively praiseworthy.”
  15. 15. GreatnessA work in my heart
  16. 16. GreatnessThe “Cup” and the “Baptism”
  17. 17. GreatnessAuthentic Greatness requires sufferingJames 1:12 says...12 Blessed is the man who perseveres undertrial, because when he has stood the test, hewill receive the crown of life that God haspromised to those who love him.
  18. 18. GreatnessAuthentic Greatness requires suffering2 Corinthians 4:17 says…17 For our light and momentary troubles areachieving for us an eternal glory that faroutweighs them all.
  19. 19. GreatnessAuthentic Greatness requires sufferingRomans 8:17 says……we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirswith Christ, if indeed we share in hissufferings in order that we may also share inhis glory.
  20. 20. GreatnessAuthentic Greatness requires loving1 Corinthians 13:3 says…If I give all I possess to the poor andsurrender my body to the flames, but havenot love, I gain nothing.
  21. 21. GreatnessPaul D. Moody: “The measure of a man is not the number of his servants, but in the number of people he serves.”
  22. 22. The “Backward” Wisdom of God