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Summary: Jesus has a deep desire to help us move beyond "get by" thinking into the victory of winning big

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How to Win Big

Matthew 14:13-21

March 15, 1998

Morning Worship

Introduction

1. What does it mean to win? Vince Lombardi said:Winning isn’t the most important thing it’s the only thing, winning is important in our society, For many people winning means to be the very best, NCAA tournement and the Final Four - every team that makes it to the final four must win 4 games to get there, if they lose in the final four are they losers because they lost one out of four? Most people would say yes, the difference between winning and losing is perspective,proper perspective is what makes us winners, What does it take to win? Hard work, determination, proper perspective

2. Who are people who are winners? Joe Montana - Won several Super Bowls, Michael Jordan has made the Chicago Bulls a winning team - five championship victories, John Grisham is an award winning author, Garth Brooks is a winner of many CMA awards, Norman Swartzkoff won the Persian Gulf war, Are all of these people winners, yes - in their own rights and their own areas they are winners

3. Jesus’ model of victory - Power of Perspective: Jesus never gave up, He was always reaching out, He fought religious rigidness to the point of His death, He never gave up - why, Power of perspective, he knew what had to be done and he had to do it, He always was victorious because He had a proper perspective

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Body

I. Jesus had proper pespective

A. Jesus got bad news: Everything is a matter of perspective, Jesus heard about John, Jesus’ cousin, ministry predecessor and friend was dead, He needed some time to mourn and be with God, Jesus needed to grieve, so He tries to get away - crosses the sea to be alone,

B. People followed Jesus: People saw Jesus was leaving so they followed, natural attraction with human need and Jesus, people need Jesus, people knew he left and they followed, they made their way around the sea and did so quickly, they were waiting on the other side,

C. Jesus meets their needs: Jesus sees the crowds of people, this was not a part of His plan, He wanted to be alone, now he had more people to care for, instead of turning them away - He ministered to their needs, He took compassion on the people,

II. Jesus teaches proper perspective

A. Disciples start to get worried: Disciples see all of the people, they see the sun setting, they know people are getting hungry, they might have a riot on their hands if they do not let the people go, they suggest that Jesus tell the people to leave so that they can get food,

B. Jesus challenges the Disciples: Jesus tells the disciples to feed the crowd, disciples saw the problem and not the potential, they lacked proper perspective, they whined to Jesus - not enough food: too hard to feed the people, we do the same thing!, we focus on problems rather than on potential, we whine to God about not being able to serve or not being gifted or whatever, we complain about a lack of resources, God has given us what we need, he will continue to provide our needs, people are like rubber bands,


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