1. With their minds set on God’s grace in Christ for them and for all, your congregation will leave church this week prepared to be unfairly gracious toward everyone they encounter.
  2. Forgiveness is hard, especially when we have been deeply hurt and badly wounded, but this should drive us back even more to our gracious and forgiving Father.
  3. "Greatest" according to the mind of God does not come from accomplishment or advancement or accolade. To be the greatest is to become the least.
  4. Comfort, ease, pleasure, happiness, these are worth pursuing, say the preachers of this world. Suffering is not. Do whatever you must to avoid it. In Christ, however, we see suffering differently.
  5. This self-effacing God delights in showering His favor upon those of low estate. He lifts up the humble, reaches out to the downtrodden, welcomes the outcast, and befriends the foreigner.
  6. In many cases, the expectations are not realistic. Sometimes we expect things to be much better than they could possibly be. On the other hand, sometimes our expectations are far too low.
  7. Jesus loved the crowds. Then He sent His disciples to participate in His work among them. He continues the same movement today.
  8. When it is all said and done, a disciple’s testimony about Jesus is what matters most.
  9. Jesus came to His own people to bridge the rift which exists between humankind and God.
  10. God commands we serve only Him. We serve Him with all we have and all we are, including the 90% of our income which does not go in the plates. What does it look like to serve God above money?
  11. The heart of your sermon is the promise that God, in Jesus, has sought and found each of us. He receives us sinners and invites us to eat with Him at His table.
  12. The reason nothing can come before Jesus is because nothing endures beyond the grave except for Jesus.

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