Monday’s Musings on Sunday’s Sermon

Ok, after mentioning this idea twice previously, I’m going to follow through. Hopefully this will become a regular feature on the daily burns and maybe we can even drag Jennifer into it.

So, here is the idea… What difference does the sermon you heard on Sunday make when Monday morning arrives? Does the message simply fade into the noise of the week? Or do you allow the message to actually penetrate your heart and give it room to transform you?

Well, for me, I try to go for the latter. I really try to walk out of a sermon and not simply give the pastor the obligitory, “great sermon preacher.” But rather, I try to articulate why it was great (in the case that it wasn’t great… or even stunk… I just try not to say anything. Please don’t lie to the preacher). I try to let the preacher know exactly what was said that really hit my heart and will hopefully cause me to treasure and trust Jesus more? SIDE NOTE: as a preacher, we really like this… telling us nice sermon is good, telling us why you think that is much better…

So, with that in mind, I enjoyed (as always) Pastor Robert’s sermon yesterday on transformation. I think the thing that most stuck with me was the idea of being a student vs being a disciple. The subtle difference is in seeking to know about Jesus and seeking to know Jesus. Early in my college years I was much more obssesed with wanting to know about Jesus. I didn’t so much care about knowing him, but rather I wanted to know lots of fact. I wanted to understand everything in my brain. However, there was eventually a change in my heart where I realized that I can know lots of facts and informaiton and yet never actually know Jesus. So, a shift began in my life.

Yesterday, the sermon was a reminder to me that knowing stuff is important, but more than that, I really need to know Jesus. As I seek to know Him then I will begin to see transformation in my life.

One thought on “Monday’s Musings on Sunday’s Sermon

  1. That stuck with me, too. When Robert was saying that discipleship carries a lot of baggage, and we seem to have started missing the point, I wondered what he would say was the main problem… and the “student” description made a lot of sense to me. As always, it’s not that being a student of Christ is a bad thing–but it certainly isn’t enough!

    I also appreciated the description of intercession as entering into someone else’s life. I had just read a devotional about how prayer can take so many different forms–good work is a type of pleasing prayer to God, going out of your way to help a friend or a stranger is a prayer offering. So the idea that intercession is more than the verbal prayers we offer on someone’s behalf made a lot of sense. Not that it makes it easy. Darn self-centeredness.

    Thanks for the post, Ryan.