Relationship Status: Single (Sermon Audio)

On Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on 1 Corinthian 7:6-8, 32-38 (and other NT passages.)  This message was part 1 of the “Relationship Status” series and focused on what the Bible says about being single.  Below you will find the audio from this sermon to listen to or share online.

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Relationship Status: Single

 

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Relationship Status: Single (Sermon Questions)

On Sunday, February 11, 2018, I preached a sermon at Wildwood Community Church.  This message was part one of the “Relationship Status” series and focused on what the Bible teaches about being single.  Below are a set of questions related to the message for personal reflection or group discussion.

 

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Paul describes being single as a gift.  In what way do you think that is true?  What do you think Paul meant by that?
  3. In what way do you see the circumstances the Lord has placed in your life as a “gift”?
  4. How do you see the truth of the Gospel displayed in the lives of those who are single?
  5. Different aspects of the Gospel shine clearly through each of our lives.  How do you see the truth of the Gospel being revealed in your life?
  6. Who are you investing your life in right now?  What spiritual legacy are you leaving behind?
  7. What is one particular application you took away from this message?

To access these questions in pdf format, click here.

Relationship Status (Series Preview)

On my facebook page, about 3/4 of the way down the “about me” panel, is a small heart next to the words “married to Kimberly.”  Mark Zuckerberg correctly has ascertained that my relationship status is a part of what defines me. 

I have been married longer than I’ve had an email address, so my status online has never included “single.”  I can only imagine the stress dating in a  .com age creates (can you say “facebook official”?).  However, this is part of today’s culture, and I have great respect for my friends who are currently navigating these waters.

Further, it is more complicated today than ever before to talk about relationships, marriage and sexuality.  Last summer I was on the OU campus and saw students at an event wearing name tags that included a spot for students to declare their preferred pronoun (regardless of gender).  We are living in a brand new age. 

As followers of Christ, how do we navigate the questions of singleness, marriage, and everything in between?  Over the next 4 weeks at Wildwood Community Church Pastor Bruce Hess and I will be preaching a new series on these topics – called “Relationship Status.”  In this series we will be covering:

  • February 11 – Relationship Status:  Single (Mark Robinson preaching)
  • February 18 – Relationship Status:  Married (Bruce Hess preaching)
  • February 25 – Relationship Status:  Questions “in Between” (Mark Robinson & Bruce Hess)
  • March 4 – Relationship Status: The marriage you want with the person you are committed to (Mark Robinson preaching)

NOTE:  The content of the February 25 message may be best suited for people Middle School aged or older, as we will be tackling some questions of sexuality in the service.  Think of this as a “PG” rated sermon.  If you have a question you would like Pastor Bruce or I to address in this sermon, please let us know by submitting your question via the confidential form found at wildwoodchurch.org/relationshipstatus

Hope to see you this Sunday as we look at being Single from a Christian perspective.  Three services this weekend:  8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 AM.

For the Next Generation (Sermon Audio)

On Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Wildwood Community Church I preached a sermon based on Psalm 145:4.  This message was the fourth and final part of the “FOR” series.  Below you will find the sermon audio to listen to or share.

 

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For Next Generation

 

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For the Next Generation (Sermon Questions)

On Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Psalm 145:4.  This message was part 4 in the “FOR” series and focused on what it means to be “FOR the Next Generation.”  Below are a set of questions related to the message for personal reflection or group discussion.

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read Psalm 145:4
  3. What have you learned about God from the generation that preceded you?
  4. From a strategic perspective, why is ministry to the Next Generation important?
  5. Who is someone you know whose passion in their relationship with God is so real that it inspires you to pursue God more?
  6. What is one thing that you have seen God do in your life in the last year that you can share with one other person this week?
  7. How does this Psalm and this message encourage you to invest your life in the Next Generation?  What is one thing you can do to apply this message this week?
  8. What is one particular application you took away from these passages/message?

To access these questions in pdf format, click here.

FOR the Next Generation (Sermon Preview)

On February 9, 2018, the Winter Olympics will begin in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Athletes from all over the world will compete in 102 events in search of gold, silver, and bronze medals.  Before the competition begins, however, all eyes will turn to the Opening Ceremonies where athletes will parade inside the stadium eagerly awaiting the arrival of that night’s main attraction:  the Olympic Flame.  For every Olympic competition since 1936, a flame has been transferred from Athens, Greece (site of the first Games) to the host location of the current Olympics through a giant “relay” race.  Literally thousands of people carry a real flame thousands of miles to deliver it to the opening ceremonies.  For this year’s games, the “relay of the flame” began in Greece in October, and it will finally arrive in Pyeongchang next Friday.

The symbol of the flame has divine implications.  The idea is that the fire is from the “gods” (remember this has its origin in Ancient Greece.)  The flame is lit by using mirrors to focus sunlight to ignite the initial torch.  They then carry the “spirit of the games” across all people until it arrives in its temporary home. 

I still remember in 1984, when the Olympics were in Los Angeles, that the flame traveled through my hometown and I got to see it pass by.  It was quite the experience when I was there . . . but it is even more impressive to me today.  When I first saw it, I knew it was important, but I could not grasp the challenge that was undertaken to deliver that flame across such an epic distance.  

I was thinking about that today as I looked at Psalm 145:4.  This verse (written by King David) says:

“One generation shall commend Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.”

The thrust of this verse (embedded inside a Psalm of praise) calls today’s generation to “carry the flame” of divine knowledge and adoration around the world . . . AND to pass it on to the Next Generation.  It is our duty . . . it is our privilege.

As member’s of Christ’s Church today, we have an incredible opportunity to pass along to today’s children, youth, and college students a relationship with God.  We are called to impart truth and hold fast to sound doctrine . . . but we are also called to have a relationship with the Lord that is so attractive, that the Next Generation desires to know Him as well.

I am so honored to be a part of a church that understands this principle.  Wildwood invests heavily and unapologetically in our ministries to those under the age of 21.  This investment, however, requires daily and weekly deposits, and sometimes we can lose sight of why we ever signed up to serve in children’s ministry, or host a group of middle schoolers for D Now, or volunteered to welcome a college student into our home via “adopt a sooner.”  Sometimes we need to pull back and look at God’s Word again to renew our vision for ministry FOR the Next Generation. 

Join us this Sunday at Wildwood Community Church in our 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 worship services as we conclude our “FOR” series by talking about what it means for us to be FOR the Next Generation.  See you Super Bowl Sunday morning!

For Nations (Sermon Audio)

On Sunday, January 28. 2018, I preached a sermon titled “For Nations.”  This message was based on Matthew 28:16-20, and was part 3 in the “FOR” series.  Below you will find the sermon audio from this message.

 

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For #3 1.28.18

 

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For Nations (Sermon Questions)

On Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a message entitled “For Nations.”  This message was based on Matthew 28:16-20 and was part 3 of the “FOR” series.  Below are a series of questions related to the message for personal reflection or group discussion.

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read Matthew 28:16-20
  3. Have you ever been tempted to think that the task of evangelism and missions is only for the “Christian Navy Seals” and not for all of us?
  4. Have you ever been tempted to think that God cares more about people from “Christian” backgrounds than from those growing up in non-Christian backgrounds?
  5. Have you ever been tempted to think that it is somehow arrogant to believe that Jesus is THE Way, THE Truth, and THE Life?
  6. How does Matthew 28:16-20 encourage you that the task of evangelism/mission is for all, to all (and legitimately so)?
  7. What is one thing you could do to intentionally change your perspective on the world and get involved in evangelism/missions?
  8. Interested in finding out more information about outreach opportunities at Wildwood?  Text: outreach18 to 95577 to begin receiving our monthly bulletin of outreach opportunities.
  9. What is one particular application you took away from these passages/message?

To access these questions in pdf format, click here.

For Nations – preview

When was the last time you had someone invite you to do something and the scope of the project really intimidated you? As you comprehended the proposition, your head spun with the magnitude of the offer. 

Maybe it was when:

  • your free-spirited friend talked about going full-on Joanna Gaines on their home (demo and complete remodel) one week before their daughter’s wedding. 
  • your college friend talked of making their first million by their 25th birthday. 
  • your boss cast the vision to double revenue by the end of the second quarter. 

All of those are big tasks that would make your head spin!

But let me lay out for you a few different scenarios that would scare off even the most ardent advisors.  Things like:

  • Let’s cover I-40 (from Carolina to California) in styrofoam packing peanuts!
  • Let’s collect all the ants in South America!
  • Let’s build a bridge from L.A. to Australia!

The sheer scope of these projects would intimidate almost anyone from starting them.  How could any person (or even a group of people) accomplish such a monumental task?  It is crazy to even imagine it.

I say all this today, because as I read some of Jesus’ last words before His ascension into heaven (found in Matthew 28:16-20), I see Him invite the disciples to a project with an immense scope:


Jesus was inviting the disciples to change the world.

By “change the world,” I do not mean “change it” like Michael Jackson sang about in the song “Man in the Mirror,” I am talking about inviting the ENTIRE WORLD to follow Jesus.  That’s right, the scope of Jesus’ final command was GLOBAL.

That means that the followers of Christ are called to make more followers of Christ among people who:

  • speak a different language than we do
  • live inside different cultures than we do
  • reside in different countries than we do
  • express their identity in different ways than we do

AND

  • many of them worship different gods
  • have grown up with a competing world view to Christianity
  • might even want to kill anyone who would suggest they believe something else.

Yeah.  Jesus has invited us to join Him in taking the Gospel to the nations.  Whatever your previous mind-blowing opportunity was, Jesus has invited you to be a part of something even more epic.  Greater in scope than covering the highway in packing peanuts and (it goes without saying) much more consequential!

What does that look like?  Is that really what Jesus even meant?  What does it mean for me to live in Norman, Oklahoma and be “FOR” the nations?  This Sunday at Wildwood Community Church, we are going to talk about it in part 3 of our “FOR” series.  Hope to see you this Sunday in our 8:30, 9:45, or 11:00 worship services.  See you there — and bring your friends!

For (Part 2) Sermon Audio

On Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Jeremiah 29:1-14 an Acts 19:1-41.  This message was part 2 in the “FOR” series, focusing on what it looks like for us to be “FOR Norman.”  Below you will find the sermon audio from this message to listen to or share.

 

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For Norman

 

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