Investment Secrets From Heaven – Part 3
April 25, 2021
- Invest in things on earth that will have value in .
- Heaven is not just a place. It’s kingdom.
- The kingdom of heaven will eventually extend to the earth .
- As followers of Jesus, we must be willing to invest in the kingdom even though we can’t see its physical fullness.
Investment Secret # 1
- Invest in people’s lives.
- Matthew 20:28
- Jesus’ attitude is the opposite of the Christian attitude today.
- The contemporary Christian comes to church to served.
- These two competing attitudes define the key ideas of this sermon series:
- An is one who comes to serve.
- A is one who comes to be served.
- The tension between investors and consumers is not new.
- Jesus faced the same challenge.
- Jesus faced challenges speaking openly because His message was the antithesis of His attraction.
- John 2:23-24
- Luke 14:25-27
Knowing the Difference Between Glitter and Gold
- We have the capacity to large crowds to the church through marketing, staffing and programming.
- Without a focus on the priorities of the kingdom, ministry will become a transaction:
- Engaging content for views and likes
- Amenities for donations
- Entertaining stage content for butts in seats
- The irony is this: no one relates to pastors and praise teams.
- The measure of a church’s success is not the quality of a pastor’s sermon, but the quality of a congregation’s service.
- Today’s pastor is an Instagram post.
- Lay persons serving in their neighborhoods, schools, communities and places of work are far more relatable than a social media star.
- Focusing on a pastor’s sermon is the equivalent of focusing on a coach’s halftime speech.
- Coaches aren’t judged by halftime speeches, but by how many games their teams win.
- No one leaves a church because there’s not enough lighting, but they do leave if there’s not enough love.
- Having business savvy is not wrong. We just have to know the difference between the and the means.
- John 6:22-27
- John 6:35
- John 6:52-55
- John 6:60
- John 6:66
© Joshua D. Smith, Ph.D., 2021