June 2, 2024


Passage: Matthew 28:19
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I have a challenge specifically for men. Young men are included here. How can we be selfless, sacrificial, and serve others? God designed us to be protectors of the vulnerable. To fight for the poor, the widow, and the bullied. Not to take advantage of the weak but to protect them. Women are beautiful and we need to behold them not exploit them in pornography or demean them through our words and actions. As Brant Hansen says in great book “The (Young) Men we Need” we need to make women and children feel safe, not threatened.

In this book he tells the story of Bridger. Here’s Bridger with his sister (see picture at end of video). He was playing with his sister outside their home in Wyoming when a snarling German Shepard tried to attack her. Bridger stepped in and saved her. Why would he do that? After he got out of the hospital 90 stiches later, he told his dad “I thought if someone should have to die, it should be me.” Wow, if that isn’t a picture of what Christ did for us on the cross, I don’t know what is. It is also a picture of who God made men to be. The author says “When people see men (even six-year-old ones) doing what men are made to do, they sense that it’s deeply right.”

Let’s move on to the women. Y’all are perfect so I have no challenge for you. Well…maybe one. Love, respect, and encourage the men in your life. We want to be the superhero, the knight in shining armor, wild at heart. Encourage us often when we are doing the right thing. Build us up instead of tearing us down. This doesn’t mean worship us or overlook sin. But don’t be overly critical. Don’t gossip about us behind our back. You may be asking what does this have to do with sacrifice, selflessness, and service? Well, I’ll tell you. At the heart of someone with a critical spirit is a deep need to justify themselves by cutting others down. A selfish desire to make themselves look better by making others look bad. Let me tell ya, the holy spirit and a critical spirit don’t get along too well!

One of the things I love about my wife is that when I’m unfairly criticized, she backs me up, when I’m discouraged, she encourages me. I know, at the end of the day, no matter what is going on—she’s my biggest fan…and guess what it makes me feel like the man God made me to be. Every man needs at least one good woman to build him up. I praise God I have more than one including my Mom, my sister, and my sister-in-law who speak words of life to my heart.

For my non-Christian friends, and I am blessed with many, the joy challenge and the gender challenges apply to you too. And when I say non-Christian, I am talking to folks from other religions, no religion, atheists, agnostics, you name it. I’m also talking to church goers and head believers in God who have never had their heart changed. Maybe they’ve been going to church their entire lives or checked out long ago and still believe in God but haven’t experienced the intimacy of this triune God.

For my non-Christian friends, I have an additional challenge for you today.  Ask yourself two questions: “What if this is true?” Maybe even watch this sermon again on YouTube and as you listen ask “What if this is true?” “What if the triune God of the Bible wants to share this perfect love with me?” Ask yourself these questions every day and ponder them for a week or two. I hope it haunts you. In a good way. As you ponder these questions you might realize it is too good to be true. The creator of the universe, stars, moon, and mountains wants a deep personal relationship with me? It is true good to be true, yet it is truer than I stand here today. And maybe, just maybe, like the story about Steve who re-gained his hearing, you’ll hear the triune God of the Bible say “I love you!” “Want to come to the dance with me?”

Would you pray with me? God, you are awesome! The perfect triune God reflecting selflessness, sacrifice, and service. I pray for those listening who don’t know you to come to faith today or sometime in the future. If they want to be a part of this dance, they could repeat this prayer after me in their hearts,

Dear Lord Jesus, I believe that you are the only Savior and risen Lord. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins and rising from the dead. I know I’m the problem and I turn from those sins now. I want you to come into my life at this moment. As best as I know how, I turn my life over to your care and control to be my leader and forgiver.  Amen.

If you just prayed that prayer for the first time and are here in person, please join us for the Lord’s table and let us know. If you are watching online and prayed that prayer and meant it, please reach out to us and let us know as well!

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