This Preaching in Shorts sermon series is called “You Have the Words of Life”.
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Our new series is called “You have the words of life. This is from a verse in John Chapter 6:
John 6:68 (NIV)
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
What I want to do is take some time to look at some of the amazing things that Jesus has said. We are going to start today with a great question from John Chapter 1.
John 1:1-14 (NIV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. 6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God– 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
1. What do you want?
John 1:35-38 (NIV)
35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”
Genesis 3:9 (NIV)
9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”
1 Kings 19:9 (NIV)
9 There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
He already knows the answer. It is a question designed to make us think.
In john 1 the answer we want to I see where Jesus was staying. Not much of an answer. I think they choked. John has just spent the first verses of hi gospel describing who Jesus is. The creator. The light, etc.
This is He who asks what do you want? I think we can do better than “where are you staying”…
2. So, what do you want?
Colossians 3:1-2 (NIV)
1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
What is that you think will make your life right? Win the lotto? Get in shape? Better relationship? No problems? More money? Better job? Better health? World peace? No fear? If…then
The answer that we need to grow into…
3. Lord, I want what you want
Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Our goal should be that our all of our life would actually become “spiritual worship” to God. That we would use our minds, our hearts and our bodies to express the worth-ship of God.
If we conform to the world around us, we will not experience the full and abundant life that Jesus wants for us. We need to be transformed. This is not about living by a bunch of rules about what “Christians” are supposed to do and not do. This transformation is about yielding to the spirit and living for God. Being transformed is not about not having any fun, when you are being transformed and renewed in your minds you love to live by doing the next right thing.
What’s wrong with my mind that makes it need to be renewed? Your mind has an attitude.
Ephesians 4:23 (NIV)
23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
Ephesians 4:23 (NASB77)
23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
The spirit of your mind or attitude of the mind is a “mindset”. Your mind or brain is not just a computer that processes information, it has a viewpoint, it has an attitude.
Our minds are fallen and broken like everything else in this world. That is why they need to be renewed. The filters all need to be evaluated and adjusted.
Which is why developing the habit of a consistent Bible reading time is so important. Sit down with the book, ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate the Bible and to show and teach you things that will help to renew your minds.