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The Gospel According to Brisket

It’s that season … pools are opening, smokers are cooking & graduation parties are starting up! We all feel a shift in our schedules as summer approaches and our priorities change.

We discovered this last weekend that Jesus caught everyone off guard in Luke 14 when He clarified the priorities of what it means to be His disciple.

“If anyone comes to me and DOES NOT HATE his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters - yes even his own life - he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who DOES NOT CARRY HIS CROSS and follow me cannot be my disciple.”  Luke 14:26-27  

 

What Happened to the God of Love?

Jesus brings the crowd that’s following Him (and us) into a new season.

A season where our greatest love and priority in life is the God of love. Jesus is saying the only way to love others well and ourselves, is to allow for His love to be our greatest priority.

Jesus demonstrated what selfless love looks like by truly loving God above everything else while walking the earth and picking up a literal cross for the sins of the world.

 

Slowing Down for the Good Stuff

Following Jesus isn’t just a matter of saying “yes,” but allowing the work of God to change us. I used a huge piece of brisket in my sermon this weekend as a small example of how God works in our lives.

I love brisket but I never have the patience to slow down and cook it. The same is true for us spiritually. There’s a lot that God wants to change in our lives through His Holy Spirit, but it involves slowing down, letting God’s Word speak to us and learning how to talk with God.

Seems impossible UNLESS it’s a priority.

God’s not asking for perfection, He’s calling us to make Him our priority in everything.

Check out the Sermon Questions HERE or Daily Devos HERE as a way for Jesus to begin to be your priority.

 

Lincoln Christian University is coming to our campus!

This past weekend we announced our new partnership with LCU as Dr. Neal Windham is coming on staff to lead a Master’s Program in Spiritual Formation. Classes begin this fall with more details coming soon. We’re even making it free for folks who just want to attend the lectures!

 

School of Ministry Starts in August

If you’re thinking about ministry or want to simply be equipped in a deeper way, click HERE to learn about our School of Ministry Program.

Grace & Peace,

Nate Ross