As long as we believe our understanding of God is already sufficient, we will be limited in our experience of his presence and power, but greater revelation always lies on the other side of our willingness to admit the limitations of our thinking.
That’s the big point of this week’s message idea. Humility is the pathway to really seeing. Declaring that we don’t know it all is the pathway to really learning.
For a long time, I was absolutely driven (nearly driven mad) by my own demand to know the answers to my deepest questions and to be sure about my knowledge. Part of my own healing journey has come in the form of realizing that I never have and never will be able to fully comprehend the mysteries of the universe, much less the incomprehensible love of God.
And that healing journey has led me to the launch of my newest project, Walk Humble!
It’s a website, with a podcast and a blog, where I get to host an ongoing conversation about life, faith, and relationships among people who don’t mind admitting that they don’t have life all figured out yet.
You might have already seen the announcement or gotten an email about it, but just in case, I wanted to share about Walk Humble here in The Reflecitonary. I’m a couple of podcast episodes and a few blog posts in, so feel free to listen, read, subscribe, and/or share if you find it valuable!
I used to say all the time that “the world is searching for answers, and the answer is Jesus.” And while I believe that’s true, I’ve also come to realize I don’t have all the answers to give to all the questions people have. What I can give is love and a cup of cold water, and I can do that in Jesus’ name.
Keep on growing!
This Week’s Big Sermon Idea
A sermon idea based on John 3:1-17 and assigned for the fourth Sunday of Lent in the current Year A.
Messages could be presented from any of these angles, but it may be best to point out the common threads between the disciples, the blind man and his family, and the Pharisees. All of them were limited in their vision of God. And all of them were given the opportunity to see more of God than they had before.
Creative Sermon Series Ideas from MinistryPass
My favorite resource for sermon series and message ideas, complete series graphics, and video bumpers (but NOT full notes) to get you started is MinistryPass! Each week, I’ll feature a series I would recommend checking out for the upcoming season of the church year. This week:
From the Description:
This series looks at several “Therefore” passages in the New Testament, like Matthew 28:19; Romans 12:1; and Ephesians 5:1, to point us to the gospel truths that illuminate and enable obedience to these gospel imperatives.
Resources for Leaders
Why Margin Matters for Your Ministry
By Rick Warren, via Pastors.com
By Ben Sternke
Seven Easy-to-Identify Examples of Shallow Leadership
By Ron Edmondson
Eight Habits Of An Unhealthy Church
By Karl Vaters
16 Best Christian Apps for Spectacular Growth
By Shiloh Kaneshiro
If you have a resource relevant to pastors and church leaders that you’d like for me to include, feel free to message me. I can’t always promise inclusion but I’ll definitely take a look.
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About the Cover Art: Gerung, Matthias, approximately 1500-approximately 1570. Healing of the Man Born Blind, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.