I’m watching the online conference Preach Better Sermons today and wanted to share some of the learnings I picked up. One of the speakers is Mark Driscoll. Mark is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, and is one of the world’s most downloaded and quoted pastors. He and his wife, Grace, co-authored Real Marriage, which became a #1 New York Times best seller. His audience, fans and critics alike, spans the theological and cultural left and right. He was named one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years by Preaching magazine in 2010, and his audio sermon podcast is regularly #1 on iTunes’ Religion & Spirituality chart and has been among the Top 50 of all podcasts at times.
Here are some things that jumped out from his segment:
It’s impossible to take the Bible and not see mission.
Being sent is everywhere in the Bible.
God’s people are on mission to see more people become God’s people.
People showed up at your church, they expect to hear from the Bible.
To preach to men you have to say hard things.
Churches have this opportunity to teach men how manage money, be married, raise kids, work hard. Nowhere else will teach them all that.
Let God speak through your personality and who you are.
Give yourself grace to find out who you are and grow into who you are meant to be.
There is a difference between a flock and an audience, shows the difference between a pastor and a speaker.
Sunday, I continued our series in the book of John and looked at John 1:1 – 18 and sought to answer the question why we believe Jesus is God. If you missed it, you can listen to it here.
The question of whether Jesus is God, if he was a man while on earth, was he God on earth has been debated since Jesus was alive. The theological term for our belief that Jesus was God in human flesh is what theologians called The Hypostatic Union which means “Jesus has two distinct natures: humanity and deity, there is no mixture or intermingling of the two natures, although he has two natures, Jesus is one person.”
On Sunday, I gave 8 reasons why we as a church believe Jesus is God (you can find these 8 reasons in the great book Doctrine by Mark Driscoll):
God the Father said Jesus was God (Matthew 3:17, 17:5).
The Demons said Jesus was God (Mark 1:24, 34, Luke 4:33 – 34, 41).
Jesus said He was God (Matthew 26:63 – 65, Mark 10:17 – 18, 14:61 – 64, John 5:18, 6:38, 8:58 – 59, 14:6).
The Bible plainly says Jesus is God (Matthew 1:23, Romans 9:5, Titus 2:13, 3:4, 1 John 5:20, 2 Peter 3:18).
Jesus is given the names of God (Matthew 24:30, 26:64, Mark 13:26, 14:62 – 64, Luke 21:27, 22:69, John 5:17 – 29, Acts 1:9 – 11, 1 Thessalonians 4:17, Revelation 1:7).
Jesus possessed the attributes of God (Psalm 139:7 – 12, Matthew 11:27, 28:18, 20, John 1:1, 2:25, 4:18, 16:30, 17:5, 1 Timothy 1:17, Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17).
Jesus did the works of God (Matthew 12:24, 27:42, Luke 5:20 – 21, John 10:36 – 39, 11:47, 20:30 – 31).
People worshiped Jesus as God (Deut. 6:13, 10:20, Matthew 4:10, 15:25, John 5:23, Acts 7:59 – 60, 10:25 – 26).
You definitely want to make plans to be at Revolution Church on Sunday as we continue in John and look at John 1:19 – 34 and how Jesus moves in our world and how He works. It is definitely going to be an eye opening morning.