Summary: What would it look like for you; to exceed the ordinary, the usual and the expected in your home? What would it look like for you to go to great lengths to make your home Extreme?
Extreme Living In The Home
Extreme Living – part 2
I want to start off our time together with 2 passages of Scripture…
36One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to come to his home for a meal, so Jesus accepted the invitation and sat down to eat. 37A certain immoral woman heard he was there and brought a beautiful jar filled with expensive perfume. 38Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.
39When the Pharisee who was the host saw what was happening and who the woman was, he said to himself, "This proves that Jesus is no prophet. If God had really sent him, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!"
40Then Jesus spoke up and answered his thoughts. "Simon," he said to the Pharisee, "I have something to say to you." "All right, Teacher," Simon replied, "go ahead." 41Then Jesus told him this story: "A man loaned money to two people--five hundred pieces of silver to one and fifty pieces to the other. 42But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?"
43Simon answered, "I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt."
"That’s right," Jesus said. 44Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You didn’t give me a kiss of greeting, but she has kissed my feet again and again from the time I first came in. 46You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume. 47I tell you, her sins--and they are many--have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love." 48Then Jesus said to the woman, "Your sins are forgiven."
49The men at the table said among themselves, "Who does this man think he is, going around forgiving sins?" 50And Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace." - Luke 7:26-50 (NLT)
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8Love never fails. - 1 Corinthians 13:1-8
TODAY – is our second week in our new series, ‘Extreme Living.’ I really like the definition of Extreme that Ryckie gave us last week. Extreme; ‘existing in a very high degree, going to great lengths, exceeding the ordinary, the usual or the expected…’
LAST WEEK – Ryckie challenged you… AND – he challenged me to live EXTREME in the church. To live extreme right here at Central… NOW – I for one think that he was pretty clear in THIS challenge; for us to live extreme, to exceed the ordinary, the usual and the expected;
• In our hunger for the word
• In our unity (our hanging out together)
• In our giving (in sharing our stuff)
• In our showing up to build God’s church
• And in our prayer life
IMAGINE – what God is going to do here as each of us… AS [Tim…] – exceed the ordinary, the usual and the expected in those things! In this church! We serve an extreme God… WHO – has always done amazing-immeasurable things through the lives of extreme people… I for one say - let’s LIVE Extreme in our church! (thanks Ryckie, great job last week…)
MY TASK – this morning is to talk about living extreme in another important area of our life… In our home… QUESTION – what would it look like for you; to exceed the ordinary, the usual and the expected in your home? What would it look like for you to go to great lengths to make your home Extreme?