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God's Plan for Spiritual Misfits

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Sermon shared by David Selleck

October 2006
Summary: Second in a series of messages from Michael Yaconelliís book "Messy Spirituality" Godís Annoying Love for Imperfect People.
Denomination: Methodist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Template Oct 8, 2006 Messy Spirituality Series 2

Felt Need: What is Godís plan for my life, why is this so difficult to figure out?

Desired Results: Persons would hear the Good News of Godís grace and know that they are loved and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Message: Godís plan for Spiritual Misfits

Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-3 CEVA Large Crowd of Witnesses
1Such a large crowd of witnesses is all around us! So we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just wonít let go. And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us. 2We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew that later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side [a] of Godís throne! 3So keep your mind on Jesus, who put up with many insults from sinners. Then you wonít get discouraged and give up.
Synopsis:
1. Why is it so difficult to follow Jesus?
A. Pretending to be more spiritual than we are.
B. Selfishness, Sin
C. godly incompetence
No one does holy living very well. Spirituality is the humiliating recognition that I donít know how to pray well. I donít understand Godís word or know how to navigate it properly, and I donít know how to competently live out my commitment to Christ. Messy spirituality affirms our spiritual clumsiness.
2. Desperation meets Jesus.
A. Incompetence, story of Eric
. It is a myth that we have to fix ourselves to meet God. Pet shop story
B. God wants to meet us where we are, as we are.
3. We follow Jesus by:
A. Being honest about who we are.
B. Being Vulnerable.
C. Being Compassionate like Christ.
Lord of the Dance story

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Messy Spirituality 2

Land of the Misfits
Hebrews 12:1-3

Such a large crowd of witnesses is all around us! So we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just wonít let go. And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us. 2We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew that later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side [a] of Godís throne! 3So keep your mind on Jesus, who put up with many insults from sinners. Then you wonít get discouraged and give up.

You hear the phrase, ďjust follow JesusĒ, it is catchy, it is simple, but why is it so difficult?

That is what we will deal with this morning. It is difficult to follow Jesus because we often are pretending to be more spiritual than we are. This takes energy that goes no where. When we pretend to be spiritual we act like God is in control, when we know in our heart of hearts that He isnít. When we pretend we put up the front that everything is ok, the family is ok, the finances are fine, my health couldnít be better, praise God.

Pretending creates fake relationships built on fake foundations that we are in better shape than we want to admit. It is no wonder in our world, that depression has taken such a major part of our energy.

Secondly Sin and Selfishness get in our way of ď just follow Jesus.Ē

The whole idea that we arenít quite what we represent here in worship sounds funny, but when we stop and think for a moment, who hasnít dealt with loss,
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