Dr. E. Dale Locke
Sermon Series: Start: Start Now, Start New, Start Over
Sermon 6: More
Review: In this series, we’re talking about how to begin important things in our lives. In the past few weeks, we’ve looked at four of the big rules of starting:
Rule #1: Awareness – (Nehemiah) Know where you are. What area of your life is not what you want it to be?
Rule #2: Begin with the end in mind. – (Paul) Forget the past, and strain toward the future. Know what you’re aiming for.
Rule #3: Embrace the gift of perspective. – (David and Timothy) Listen to the wisdom of God and of others who are ahead of you on the journey.
Rule #4: Seize the important moment. – (Esther) Some moments in our lives are especially significant, and our response can have a big impact on ourselves and on others.
Today we’re going to talk about Big Rule #5: Develop a life that seeks the Lord
- John Ortberg in his book Who Is This Man? pointed out that: “Normally when someone dies, their impact on the world immediately begins to recede…. But Jesus inverted this normal trajectory, as He did so many others…. After 2,000 years, Jesus has more followers in more places than ever….”
What strikes you from that quote? Even though Jesus and His followers were mostly just simple peasants who didn’t have power in His lifetime, why is He still known and making an impact today?
- Read Luke 2:41-52:
Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” 49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them. 51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
What questions or thoughts come to your mind as you read this passage?
- Mary and Joseph are not the only ones who have lost the Lord. Part of the problem was that they had made the assumption that they had Jesus present with them, but they actually didn’t. People still make that mistaken assumption today. Have you ever had a time in your life when you assumed you had Jesus in your life, but now as you look back, you realize you didn’t?
- Pastor Dale encouraged us to rediscover the places we are most likely to find Jesus. What are some places where you have sensed Jesus’ presence in the past?
- Like Jesus’ parents in this story, we should develop a life that seeks Jesus What are some ways that you are seeking Jesus in your day-to-day life currently?
- PastorRead the following passages:
Luke 2:52: “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
Luke 1:80: “And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.”
Luke 2:40: “And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.”
Notice that Jesus didn’t just grow – He advanced intentionally.
- Wisdom & Stature
This aspect of Jesus’ growth reminds us of how real His humanity was. He had given up the wisdom and power that He had previously had as God to become truly human. So He had to acquire wisdom in the same ways all humans do. What are some things we can do to pursue wisdom?
- Favor with God
- What did Jesus do throughout His life on earth to grow in favor with God?
- Favor with Others
- Sadly, Christians aren’t always the kind of people that outsiders are drawn to. What are some things Christians sometimes do that turn off outsiders to Christianity?
- What are some things we could do to grow in “favor with other people”, even those who are not Christ-followers?
10. Read Mark 10:45: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Read John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
What was Jesus’ motivation in life?