Sometimes it can feel like the Christian life is boring or mundane. You go to church on Sunday, work all week, spend time with your family, and probably don’t have time for much else.
But the Christian life is so much more than just that, especially in our relationships with our family, friends, and coworkers. Jesus calls us to be like him in the way we live our lives. And living like him is an adventure people like the Apostle Paul and those who followed Jesus in the gospels knew very well.
This week Chris and Josh had an opportunity to preach. And God led both of them to speak on living the Christian life.
In his message, Chris opens up omen of his favorite passages of Scripture, Philippians 1. In that passage, Paul tells one of his dearest churches about what it means to live a life worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It turns out to be more life-changing than many of us ever imagined.
In his message, Josh tells his story of battling depression and anxiety to learn, just like the tax collector in Luke 18, that the Christian life is about repentance, humility, and grace.
These sermons were given at Bent Oak Church by Chris and at Global University by Josh.
Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth Bailey
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
Chapter 1 - An Identity Worthy of the Gospel (Part 1)
Why does God tell us to live the Christian life a certain way, according to a certain standard? Your answer to that question says a lot about your view of God. It’s worth the time to think through what it means to live the Christian life. But sometimes that can be tough and seem complicated. Chris recently had a chance to preach from Philippians chapter 1. This part of Paul’s letter to the Philippians begins to answer this very question.
Chapter 2 - An Identity Worthy of the Gospel (Part 2)
What does it mean to live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ? In today’s chapter Chris finishes his message from Philippians 1. Paul’s relationship with the Philippians was special to him. And his concern for them comes out in the way Chris describes what Paul is calling them to do. In the same way, Jesus calls you to live your life today in a way that is worthy of the gift he’s given you.
Chapter 3 - How to Find the End of Yourself (Part 1)
Have you ever seen someone do something really stupid and think, "Wow. I'm glad that's not me?" This feeling can be simple and innocuous on the surface. But sometimes these feelings can reveal a prideful and sinister motive. In this chapter, Josh unpacks the story of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in Luke 18 to look at how our feelings can lead us to the end of ourselves.
Chapter 4 - How to Find the End of Yourself (Part 2)
Why did you choose to get up this morning? Was it because the alarm clock went off? How many times did you hit the snooze button? Why are you wearing the outfit you're wearing right now? Are you trying to impress someone? Are you trying to be comfortable? Are you dressing for the job because that's what's expected of you? These seem like very simple questions. But evaluating our motives becomes a very powerful tool that we can use to evaluate why we do what we do. When we evaluate our motives, we find there's much more beneath the surface than we realized. When we ask these kinds of questions, we uncover the heart of what truly motivates us. And when we see that, can end up at the end of ourselves.