Summary: Starting a new series "Jukebox Lessons." Using popular songs as a segue to biblically based topical sermons. This week using Pink's, "Just Give Me a Reason," to talk about breakthroughs in communication.
Do You Feel Me
PPT 1 Series Title
Intro: I am starting a new series today titled, "Jukebox Lessons." It's similar to what lot of churches have done with sermon series titled, "At the movies." Where they will show a clip from a movie and build a sermon around it. In this case we will be using songs instead of movie clips.
I want to begin by saying, I have no intention of preaching song lyrics. While song lyrics can be moving, and powerful, they will never compare to the majesty of the scriptures.
Music can identify you in the problem, (love stinks) but cannot bring you out of the problem. (Explain)
Music is like psychology, it can define the problem, but not very good at the solution.
The bible however is very different.
Hebrews 4 tells us the word of God is full of living power.
Jesus said, the Words I speak to you they are spirit and they are life.
He also said you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.
So while music has the ability to define you in the problem the Word of God has power to bring you out of the problem.
It has the power to convict, the power to change, the power to encourage.
Jesus Christ is both the wisdom and the power of God 1 Cor 1:24. (Explain Jesus has both the smarts to tell you what needs changing, but also power to go along with those smarts to effect change.)
With that said, lets look at a portion of a song from a singer named Pink, and a song called, "Just Give Me a Reason."
PPT 2 Song
I like the song musically, I like the song for the depth of understanding it has about the dynamics of human relationships, I like it because it speaks to a much larger truth about myopia (only seeing things from one point of view) and I like the song because it includes a hint and sliver of hope. (We can learn to love again)
So that song will be our launch pad and from it we will be talking about breakthroughs in communication.
PPT 3 Message Title
I have entitled this message, "Do You Feel Me?" Which is a saying in the popular culture which means, are you tracking with me? Do you understand what I am saying? Do you feel what I am trying to express?
So we will break down that song a little bit as we go along, but as I said earlier our message is from the bible. We will be discussing several biblical keys to breakthroughs in communication.
The first breakthrough in communication is taking time to understand what the other person(s) are saying.
In other words, "Do You Feel Me?" Here is a portion of scripture that points in that direction.
PPT 4 text
Php 2:1 If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,
Php 2:2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
Php 2:3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself;
Php 2:4 do not [merely] look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. (NAS)
That chapter continues to talk about all that Jesus did for us, but I want to sum it up simply by saying, He laid aside His own rights and privileges to see to it that we could live. He abandoned His rights for our benefit.
Philippians verse 4 has been one of those verses that God has spoken to me over and over again in my life, perhaps because I have never fully learned the lesson. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests. The wording "merely," speaks to me and says that looking out for my own interests is small minded and petty.
So our first breakthrough in communication I am calling, "Feel Me." You will never have a breakthrough in communication as long as you continue to try and get the other person to only feel your point of view.
Conflicts are resolved and peace and healing come when you get to the place where you stop trying to say what you are feeling, and take a moment to understand what the other person(s) are feeling.
In the song, Pink says:
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Now you've been talking in your sleep, oh, oh
Things you never say to me, oh, oh
Tell me that you've had enough
Of our love, our love
The guy responds by basically saying you have lost your mind.