The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s January 25 message, “SET Others Ahead Of You” is now available.
This sermon is part 2 of our teaching series “Ready, Set, Go!”and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.
01/25 SUMMARY: Our culture says “Be #1″ Jesus says to be the greatest “Set Me first, others second, yourself last.” Learn more! Set Jesus as Lord and set others ahead of yourself—as Jesus did—and you are all set for a life-adventure!
GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)
[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “SET Others Ahead Of You” and to answer the following questions: Who is someone in your life that you can say “They set my needs ahead of their own”? Where do you have the bigger challenge to set other’s needs ahead of yourself–at work, in your neighborhood or home? Who is one person you will prayerfully concentrate on valuing above yourself?
Read Luke 22:24-27. Jesus interrupts an argument among the disciples about which was the greatest to talk about true greatness. Jerry stated “Jesus teaches us repeatedly that what you set your heart on is a choice that shapes EVERYTHING.” Where do you find it most tempting to act as if you are one of the greatest and can dominate and control? At home? At work? In your neighborhood? Why would using worldly power methods take you off the path of the life and life-pattern of Jesus? When you hear Jesus say “You are not to be like that” (Luke 22:26), can you explain what He is calling you to be like instead?
Read 1 Peter 3:15. Explain the difference between saying you are a Christian and actually living out the phrase “set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts”? Do you agree with Jerry’s statement: “Jesus is the author of life, so He has the right to author your story”? Why or why not? Jerry also taught “He is the one who exchanged His life for ours, so Jesus has the right to ask you to change—to exchange anger for peace, and love of self exchanged for love of others.” What do you think Jesus is asking you to exchange?
Read Philippians 2:3-5 How well would you say you do at “looking not just to your own interests, but all the interests of others”? Jerry suggested that GOOD, BETTER, BEST can be a useful reminder of how to do this:
- Look out for the GOOD of others (Philippians 2:4)
- Think of them and treat them as BETTER than you (Philippians 2:3)
- Remember, the BEST model of serving others is… Jesus (Luke 22:27)
Is it hard for you to think of someone as better than you when they really aren’t? What might change in you if you could think of the other person that way? What might change in them if you treated them in that way? While we can’t control another person’s response, we know Jesus is honored when we set Him as Lord of our lives and set the needs of others ahead of ourselves!
Closing Call To Action Question: Chose one person in your circle of life (at home, work, neighborhood, etc.) that you will pray for daily and try the GOOD, BETTER, BEST way of valuing them. Do GOOD to others–for Jesus’ sake!
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