So as I mentioned before, or as Chase mentioned before, we’re in a series called The Purpose of God’s people where we have been talking about what it means to be a follower of God. What it means to be a disciple of Jesus. And the elements that we’ve talked about are as follows. We talked talked about people who know the story they’re a part of.

We said that if you really want to know your purpose, you have to understand where you fit into the story of God’s, rather into the arc of God’s narrative. You have to understand that you play a role in God redeeming the whole world. And that part of your role is to figure out where you play and the skills that you have and the things that you’re supposed to do are all supposed to be entangled into this idea of you understanding the story that you’re a part of.

We talked about being God’s coworkers. Joe did a lesson about the value of us working alongside God. And then the week after that, I talked about we are people who care for creation.

The very first thing that we were given by God is a command, an edict to take care of the Earth. To fill it, but also take care of it and manage it. And we didn’t know what all that meant necessarily, but it was for us to figure out how best to do that. We talked the following week about people who are a blessing to the nations that our goal is not just to have the blessings of God or the benefits of God for our own self and our own selfish gain, but that we are blessed to be a blessing, that we are blessed to show other people the beauty and the awesomeness of the God that we serve.

The week after that, Joseph Porter did a sermon for us about people who live set apart from the world. He talked about the need for us to be the foot soldiers of God in the war, on the other side of the battle lines, that we show what it’s like to follow Jesus in the midst of a chaotic and crazy world.

The week after that, I talked about we are people who attract others to God, that our lives are supposed to be attractive, and we’re supposed to live in such a way that people look at us and say, Man, there’s something different about this guy, something different about this woman, that maybe they are understanding the gospel in a way that or understanding life in a way that I could never understand it. And maybe what they have is something that I really need. And then last week, I thought Chase did just a great job of talking about redemption.

Yeah, we can give a hand for Chase, because that’s hard to do, step up here and preach and he did a great job.

Today we’re kind of continuing in the purpose of God’s people. And I hope this series has been as moving for you as it has been for me. But today I’d like to open up Matthew chapter Eleven. Normally, what we do is we take the entirety of the Bible and try to pinpoint different spots today. We’re not going to do that.

We’re just going to look at one story. We’re going to look at a story in Matthew chapter Eleven. And I want to use the story in Matthew chapter Eleven, verses two through nine as an allegory. And if you understand biblical hermeneutics, you might understand that using a real story as an allegory is not what you’re supposed to do, but just stay with me, because what I want to show you here in Matthew, chapter Eleven is something I see playing out in our Church today, and particularly if you’ve been here for a while, this is something I see playing out over and over again.

And I believe that what we’re going to see here physically in Matthew chapter eleven is a really perfect illustration for what I see happening spiritually within our Church. Today, I’d like to use this passage to discuss these three ideas. Matthew chapter Eleven Expectations discouragement and doubt. Expectations discouragement and doubt. And I’d like to wrap that into one of the elements of the purpose of God’s people that we’ll see in just a little bit.

Okay. You’re with me? Matthew chapter Eleven, verse two, we’re going to open up there.

When John, this is John the Baptist who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, Are you the one who is to come, or should we be expecting someone else?

You know this because you’ve experienced it all the time, but there is a direct relationship between disappointment and expectation. There’s a direct relationship between high expectation and the bottom falling out and you feeling incredibly disappointed. If you had never heard of the person preaching next week, John Porter and I decided to make him sound like the greatest communicator that ever lived, which I believe he’s one of them. And I believe that I was like, He’s going to be awesome, and it’s going to be amazing and your life is going to be changed. And then you walked in the door and you realized that he wasn’t very good. There would be a sense of expectation that missed the Mark and then disappointment. This is the way life works, right? It’s nothing new.

It’s common sense. If you have high expectations about anything, a movie, a book, an event, a season, a sermon, and things just turn out okay, there’s a sense of disappointment. You’ve experienced this in your Christianity, haven’t you?

When you became a Christian, there was high hopes, right, that things would be changed in your life. And maybe you’re struggling with some of the same vices you were struggling with since day one. You were hoping that when you became a Christian. Or when you started following God. And when you started coming out to Church that maybe your children would follow suit.

But they never really did it. Or maybe they did it. And then they eventually left. You had high expectations, but it missed the Mark. And so the disappointment is tangible.

You can almost taste it. There’s a thing that you’re hoping for excited about. You thought your life would leave a Mark. And then if you don’t, there’s a sense of a letdown you get this. We understand this all.

And this is exactly what we see happening with John the Baptist in Matthew chapter Eleven. John the Baptist is in prison. But for his whole life, he lived with a sense of high expectation that something great was going to come of his life even before he was born an angel prophesied about his birth, which is super cool. Imagine an angel prophesied about your birth, saying that you are going to be the person to prepare the way for the Lord.

God himself predicted the impact John the Baptist would have. And John the Baptist, he did some amazing things. He was a hard worker, a passionate preacher. He was a prophetic voice.

He called people to come get baptized. And thousands, thousands of people were baptized because of John the Baptist, and sometimes even the people that John the Baptist was baptizing. He was such a passionate preacher that he called them broods of Vipers. Think of how intense that is. Hey, we see someone up there getting baptized.

I want to introduce you to my friend. He is a brood of Vipers. He is a poisonous snake. He was intense. He was passionate.

In fact, he’s not in prison for running a meth lab or for doing anything illegal. He’s in prison for standing up against a wicked King. Herod Antipas this King who decided to do an unrighteous act. John the Baptist was like, you cannot do that. So he threw him in jail.

He’s serving God. He’s living for God. He’s waiting for the Messiah to come. And he even paints a picture of what the Messiah should be like. This is in Matthew chapter three.

He says, I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Look at the way he describes the Messiah. He says, this his winnowing fork, which is what you use to separate wheat from chaff, is in his hands.

And he will clear the threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire. What is John the Baptist expecting? He’s expecting the Messiah to come down and just literally set the people on fire. When the Messiah comes, he’s preaching, y’all gonna be burned up. He’s looking for revival.

He is the first ever fire and brimstone preacher. He’s hoping for Jesus to be the Messiah that he always dreamed of. He’s wanting freedom from Israel. Israel had been under oppression for Rome for so many years. And he’s like, when the Messiah comes, all of you are going to learn what it really means for the Kingdom of heaven to begin here on Earth.

He’s expecting. He’s expecting. He has high expectations for what’s going to happen in his life. But here in Matthew chapter eleven, he’s in prison. He’s in prison.

He’s had high expectations. He has a whole bunch of disappointments, and that disappointment is leading to him feeling a lot of doubt. Don’t you understand this? We all feel this. That discouragement often produces doubt.

Man, I had high expectations for what the Ministry of Jesus is going to be like. And it didn’t happen. So now I’m disappointed. And now I’m thinking, I’m not sure this is where I ought to be. So John sends his messengers, his disciples, 100 miles on foot and he sends him a message.

And here’s the message. We read it. But it’s in verse three. He asks him, Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else? This is a question of doubt.

I thought you were going to bring the Kingdom of God. I thought you were going to remove the oppression of Rome. I thought you were going to restore Israel to a great nation. I thought we were going to change the world together. I thought you were going to bring your winnowing fork.

Where’s that thing? You know, I thought you were going to bring revival. I thought there were unquenchable fire coming my way. I thought you were going to burn those sinful people up. But here I am and I’m rotting away in prison. And because his expectations are high and his disappointment is great, he begins to doubt, are you the one who is to come, or should we be expecting someone else?

Now, here’s where I jump into the connection of the way I feel like many of us in this congregation, if you’ve been around here for a while, I feel like this plays out for us and also for our younger generation.

I look around and often I see us and all of us myself included in a prison of our own unmet expectations. Brothers and sisters in Christ who are not rebellious or subversive, but disciples who had high expectations, who dreamed that God would use their life to do something great to change the world. Especially if you were baptized in the 80s and the 90s and the 2000s. There’s a sense of man, I thought God was going to use me to restore the world, to do something great.

And so, many of us have asked the same question that John’s disciples are asking. They’re wondering, hey, is this the Church, or should we be expecting something else?

Is this all there is to my Christian faith, or should I be expecting something else. And I’m not trying to be negative, but I’d like to paint an honest picture of what I see of many people here today. I was in conversations with a lot of young people in our congregation. Over the last ten years. I’ve been in conversations with men and women who have sat in conference after conference and who have participated in Sunday after Sunday and went to countless international campus Ministry conferences and gone on youth Corps.

And I’ve spoken to people who are elders and other congregations and people who are evangelists and just members who are hardcore and they’ve been community group leaders or Bible talk leaders for years and years and years. And they’ve heard message after message after message that they could be used by God to change the world, that they could partner with God to change the world. And they heard again sermon after sermon that God was going to use them to help their children become Christians and their coworkers become Christians. And so with high expectations, all of us went on campuses and on mission fields, and we served and we evangelized and we served in the Church, and we served the needs of the poor.

And we decided to lead small groups and to dedicate our lives and now believing right with all our hearts that God was going to do more than what we asked or imagined.

And we look around and we wonder, Man, is this my life? Is this the amount of impact that God is going to allow me to have? They heard that they could change the world. And we look back at our lives and we realize we could barely even change ourselves.

And we wonder, there’s got to be something more than this. I talked to a brother who leads the Church out in Texas, and I was at a Church leaders conference and the brother who leads the Church out in Texas, telling me that he went on Sabbatical for a couple of months after kind of a horrific situation in his family. And he went on sabbatical for a couple of months. And after coming back, I think it was like two months on Sabbatical. He came back and he looked at the Church that he had helped found and helped start and was a part of all of it. And he looked around and said, Man, is this all that I’m ever going to be used for?

And that story is not just from Church leaders, but it’s from disciples also. People who have been Christians 20 years, 30 years, 40 years. Man, who heard the message, we’re going to change the world. I look around and go, is this really all my life is going to produce? Is this the impact I’m going to have? Caught up in a prison of their own unmet expectations, idealistic goodhearted men and women of God shackled by the tyranny of their own disappointment.

And we sit in churches and we watch service online and we wonder, is this the Church? Is this all there is? Or is there something else to come?

Maybe. I don’t know. Maybe I got to change things and adjust things. All I’m saying is, I believe this is the exact feeling. This line is the exact feeling of several generations in our Church.

Keep that in mind as we continue on this story. So John is disappointed, right? He’s frustrated. He’s concerned. Is this all my life going to add up to?

So he sends messengers. He sends messengers to Jesus and he asks the question, hey, are you the Messiah, or should we be expecting someone else? I was expecting the winnowing fork. I see there’s no winnowing fork.

I see. There’s no fire. What should we be expecting? I love verse four. Jesus replies, go back and report to John what you hear and see. The blind receive sight. The lame walk. Those who have leprosy are cleansed. The dead hear.

I’m sorry. The deaf hear, the dead are raised and good news is proclaimed to the poor. Go back and say the blind receive sight. The lame are walking.

People with leprosy are being cleansed. The death are hearing. The dead are raising. The good news is being proclaimed to the poor. Go back and tell him exactly what’s happening in my Ministry.

Go back and show him that this is the evidence of God’s presence in my life.

We could take some time to walk through each of these, but I’d like to instead just take them as a lot. What is Jesus saying? Go tell John my Ministry has the evidence of God in my life. Go tell John that lives are being changed from the poor to the leper, to the lost. People are being impacted by my life.

And let me just tell you this. I believe this is what all of us want. We want a life with impact. We want to be able to realize that, hey, when I enter a situation, when I enter a relationship, when I encounter someone new, there is a sense where I have impact on someone else’s life, that my life is more than just nothingness that I actually can help change someone’s life. See, the one thing I love about Jesus’ministry and we’ll get back to the idea of the purpose of God’s people in just a second is that Jesus’s Ministry prioritized impact.

And look, there was so much for Jesus to do. Imagine Jesus was leading a Church. Now there’d be budgets to approve and boards to elect and buildings to maintain and so on and so forth. But Jesus’s Ministry prioritized impacting people’s lives.

You’re in the same boat, right? There’s a lot of things for you to do. You got to go to work, you got to raise kids, there’s vacations to plan. There are things to do there’s your side hustle to kind of work on so you can quit your current job.

There’s some deep theological things that need to be studied. There’s some conversations around gender and race that need to be had. There’s all these things and don’t even get me wrong. I’m not saying those things aren’t important. I’m just saying and this is my own personal opinion.

I believe the reason why so many of us are disappointed is because we’ve been caught up on temporary things and have neglected the work of impacting people’s lives.

Of impacting people’s lives, neglecting the work of realizing that my goal is to touch someone else’s life and to see them change. Just like someone touched my life. And just like Jesus touched my life. People’s lives need to be changed, like regular old, everyday people in our city, in our community, in our neighborhood, our neighbors. Part of Christian living is just impacting people’s lives.

So here’s a question for you. Does your life have any current evidence of impact?

Does your life I use the word current because the stories from 20 years ago aren’t going to work.

Does your life have any current evidence of impacting someone else’s life?

Are you involved in helping someone understand the gospel of Jesus, or is this just become kind of like a social club thing that you attend for your own benefit? Are you involved in marriages being restored? Are you involved in addictions being broken, in parents or helping parents to break the cycle that they are perpetuating? Are you involved in Kingdom kids coming back into the fold and being restored and overcoming their doubts of their doubts? Are you involved in touching the poor or you just wait for the hope of that to happen?

Are you involved in helping the spiritually blind see again? Are you preaching the good news of Jesus to the poor? When I read the first century Christians, this is what they did. They prioritized impacting people’s lives. And this is why I think that Jesus tells John, hey, go back to John and say, the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk. I’m touching people who have never been touched. Those people who are in quarantine because of this dreadful disease. I’m touching them so they can go back to their families and give their families a hug again.

They’re clean. You know, the man and woman who was hungry? I fed him. The blind man, the guy who had never seen his children, can now look at the kids he loved.

Go tell John I’m changing people’s lives. Go tell John I’m touching people. Go tell John I’m having impact. I’m having impact. Lives are being changed.

Isn’t this why you became a Christian? Like you were changed and you said, you know what? I need to be changed. I need to change other people to bring the good news of Jesus to the world. We’ve got to get back to it.

We got to get back to it. And I believe you are the greatest at this. I’ve heard the stories from so many of you. You told me those crazy evangelism stories about the time when you met that person at Walmart and you studied all night and they became a Christian the next day. And I’m like, Whoa, you people had the faith.

You had faith. And I’m talking about there’s a younger generation here that has never heard those stories. I’m glad the campus is not here, and a lot of the singles are not here, because I think we need the influence of your faith on our generation. We need the influence of your faith. You guys are the best at it.

You touch people’s lives. I’ve sat and marveled at the work that you have done to rebuild marriages and to restore people’s lives and to change. You’re the best at it. And I’m just saying the people in our community are waiting for us to have the faith to touch them again. And sometimes we get our lives overly complex, dealing with all types of things, and it paralyzes us from impacting the average needs of people.

I love that Jesus used this line, all these things because he’s actually the deaf can hear and the blind can see and the lame can walk and all that stuff because he’s actually borrowing that. That’s not original for him. That’s from Isaiah chapter 61. There’s a prophecy of Jesus in Isaiah 61 that says exactly what he’s going to do.

And what makes Jesus so gangster is that in Luke chapter four, when he’s in the synagogue, he opens up that scroll. You remember this story? He opens up the scroll, he reads all those things, and then he sits down and he goes, this has been fulfilled in you’re hearing and he sits down and everybody wants to kill him.

So the things that he mentions to John are exactly what’s noted in Isaiah 61 and in Luke chapter four. Except there’s one thing missing. Do you want to just take a second? Turn your Bibles real fast, real fast. This is not in my notes.

Turn your Bibles real fast to look chapter four and tell me what’s missing. Tell me what’s missing there.

We showed it earlier. We talked about the deaf see, right?

The deaf see, and those with leprosy are cured and all that stuff. The dead are raised. Good news that proclaimed to the poor. There’s something they’re missing. Once you get it, can you shout it out?

Boom. Who said it? The prisoners less. There’s nothing in Jesus remarks in Matthew chapter eleven that says anything about the prisoners. Why?

Because John’s in prison.

The Bible is amazing. I feel like there’s something here for us to take away. There’s probably other things for us to take away.

But sometimes the person who is in a prison of doubt assumes that the gospel is there just for their own benefit. And I see here Jesus is like, go tell John I’m doing Isaiah 61, except I’m not freeing you from prison.

In fact, a couple of chapters later, John’s head is going to be served on the platter.

What does it tell me? Well, what’s more valuable in the gospel is the message. The messenger is secondary.

If you are expecting to impact people’s lives so that your life will then be fixed and everything will be solved. I think you may have the gospel mixed up a little bit.

The point is for you to have impact on others, not necessarily for you to get all your hopes and dreams and wishes. I know it’s hard, but man, you don’t get a chance necessarily for all your expectations to be met. But you do get a chance in becoming a messenger for the greatest message there has ever been in the history of time. The message of Jesus Christ. Let’s get back to the story.

So as John’s disciples are leaving, that’s what verse seven says. I like this. There’s a lot of words here. I’m sorry. As John’s disciples were leaving.

I like this because that means that Jesus what Jesus is about to say. John’s disciples don’t hear, which means that John doesn’t hear. So Jesus is like, tell John I’m doing all these things. I’m not freeing him from prison. Have a nice day.

John disciples leave. And then Jesus turns to the crowd. And this is what it says. What did you go out in the wilderness to see? A Reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see a man dressed in fine clothes?

No. Those who wear fine clothes are in King’s palaces. Then what did you go out to see a Prophet? Yes. And I tell you more than a Prophet.

What is he talking about here? He’s saying, look, I want to tell you how awesome John is, but I’m not going to tell John because then John might think it’s about him.

And he starts describing the quality of a person needed to bring the impact I think our world needs to see.

He talks about people who are willing to be strong. Think about the qualities, unmovable men, unmovable people who are not swayed. Did you go out to see a Reed swayed in the wind? He doesn’t change his opinions. He was hardcore from the very beginning.

He stood up for what was right. He had a sense of strength. Later on, jesus is going to say the Kingdom is forcefully advancing and forceful people are taking hold of it.

A friend of mine said it’s like a train going across. And some people think that the train are the people. He said, no, no. The people who are the forceful people are the people who are able to jump on the train and hold on.

They hold on to what God is doing. God is going. They’re holding on tightly. They’re not going to be knocked off by the whatever smooth sounding thing the world wants to teach us. Strong people who live with a prophetic edge who live with love and respect, but also who are willing to be strong.

I wonder if you’ve been a Christian here for a long time. Have you trended towards becoming weak? Weak in your convictions? Do you give up easily? You used to have some hard convictions about things.

Have those things weakened over time? Because it’s been easier to believe a weaker gospel.

Can I take a moment to just talk about strength?

I did a Men’s Day for the better man’s barbecue a couple of I don’t know. Should I fix that? Yes.

All right. Should I say who’s it is? All right.

This is why I need an eldership.

We did a men’s day better man BBQ a couple of weeks ago or a month ago, and I taught on the value of being men. Now I’m getting text messages. This is too much. On the value of being men. I just wanted to just tell everybody some of the stuff that I talked about and related to strength, because though our men heard it, I want to make sure that our sisters hear it as well.

The leadership of this Church has seen the need in the midst of our current climate to affirm the necessity and the honor and the dignity of strong men.

Strength in general, certainly, but particularly in manhood, to reaffirm the need of strong men, the need of men who carry their own burdens, who slay the proverbial Dragons, who provide for their family, who protect their community, men who will run into the fogs of war with courage and with strength, who will do the unpopular thing because it’s honorable, not because it’s going to be beneficial. To do what’s right to stand up for what’s true. See, strong people and particularly men are ridiculed nowadays. Strength is seen as a weakness today, and I don’t get it.

We’re ridiculed in movies and in television shows and people who want to destroy it and try to kind of teach this idea that what we need is less strength. Try to say that any sort of strength is toxic, that men are useless, they’re lazy and they’re dumb.

And the world has failed to see something that God affirms that we need strong men.

We need strong people in general, but we need some strength. We need some strong people who will act justly and righteously and honestly and forthrightly, who can help, and if we, as men, can put our lives together and help build our families and make our communities better. By the way, that’s not toxic masculinity. That’s what the world needs.

And I get really excited about this because I’ve seen a world of damage damage done to our children, damage done to our young men, damage done to in a community, to our Church community, to believing that being a man is just an optional idea that men are not really needed. That strength is not really needed because it all doesn’t really matter. And I believe that’s a joke, and it’s a lie because Jesus’s Ministry affirms the need for strength. The world is coming after us in every form and fashion and it’s been doing that forever just so we’re clear. We need some people who are willing to stand up against it. We need women who are willing to stand up against it. But we certainly need men who are willing to stand up against it. You might remember the story of Adam and Eve and the fallout of Adam’s behavior, but I just wanted to put it into some perspective. When Adam and Eve eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Eve’s punishment is that women throughout history are going to have more pain in childbirth. They’re also going to have tension in their relationships. That is terrible. That’s a horrible punishment. That’s the impact of women’s sin.

Hey, pain in childbirth and tension in their marital relationships. But do you remember what Adam’s punishment is? Adam’s punishment is that he has to work the ground and that also death is inaugurated. Eve’s punishment, pain in childbirth. Adam’s punishment, the entire creation is now in disorder. And also death happens. Who, according to God, bore the most responsibility for that sinful act. Who does God hold the most accountable? Adam. The men.

I am praying that our congregation will be a congregation of people, particularly men, who are willing to bear the weight of our responsibility. Our families are our responsibility, our careers are our responsibilities. The health of this Church is our responsibility. The health of our children is our responsibility. And certainly women have a role to play in all of this.

I want to affirm the need and the importance of women, but right now I just feel the desire to make sure I talk to our men for just a second. It’s clearly Adam, the woman suffers, but Adam’s actions have a disproportionate impact, and that is for negative. But that is also for the positive.

And at this point, no matter what the world teaches us, no matter what the world teaches us, if men abdicate our world or our role, the world is worse for it. Throughout Scripture, men are presented as given the greater responsibility in the New Testament passage and Colossians and Ephesians in First Peter authors make it clear that men are supposed to be the head of the household. By the way, the head doesn’t mean that they’re some sort of like they have power and authority. That’s not really what that teaches.

It’s that they bear the most responsibility.

The buck stops with us. And here’s what I’m saying. Our Church will never be what it needs to be unless the men here decide to stand up and be strong again.

Don’t think that your role is unimportant. And when we quit and when we stand down and when we give up and we just try to wash our hands, the world is worse and the Church is worse for it. Jesus’s Ministry prioritized impact. But he also affirmed the idea that people needed to be willing to be strong. Brothers, let’s get it right, let’s get it right, let’s get it right.

And if we don’t learn to speak with the prophetic edge, if we don’t learn to call things what they are, if we don’t learn to lead our families, if we don’t learn to lead in general, if we are men and women who are swayed by every good sounding argument, what’s going to end up happening is that this Church is just going to become a cool social club where we don’t actually do the Ministry of Jesus. The Church needs us. The Church is waiting for us, and I say, us, I know you are the Church.

All of us are waiting for us. You get what I’m saying to be people who prioritize impact, who are unmovable with the gospel.

Let’s be the Church that God birthed. And I really believe that if we do this, if we prioritize impact and if we’re people who are willing to be strong, God is going to do more in our lives than all we could ask or possibly imagine.

This is what Jesus was imagining when he raised up men and women like all of you. Let’s get to work. Let’s impact people’s lives again. And then let’s be strong again. That doesn’t mean let’s be abusive or arrogant or any of those things.

Don’t get me wrong. You understand what I’m saying? Let’s be strong in conviction. Let’s stand up for what’s right. Let’s do the things we’re supposed to do.

And I really believe God will take our Church from where it is now to to what the position that he always dreamed of. And we’ll see more than we asked or possibly imagined. Let’s impact people’s lives again. Amen. Let’s pray together, Father.

We know that we don’t really have it all together in any way. Lord, there’s nothing about us that says that we are perfect or awesome, or are people that are capable of having the impact that you allowed us to have? God, we are humbled before you. And yet, Lord, you ask us to speak with strength, to impart some wisdom, to be people that are not swayed back and forth by any fine sounding argument. God, I pray that we aren’t persuaded by lies, but we live by the truth.

God teach us to be men and women of courage. Men and women of strength. Men and women who prioritize impacting people’s lives again. Let’s realize that the purpose of your people are supposed to be people that are willing to do whatever it takes to help the lost sheep of Israel and the lost sheep of the world come back into the fold. Dad, every week we take Communion and we do it because we’re remembering the need.

We’re remembering the sacrifice of Jesus. But I pray today as we take the bread and the juice that we remember the strength of Christ that we remember the way he impacted people’s lives that we’re not afraid to stand up and be who we’re supposed to be, that we will be inspired to go out and serve in the way that we’re supposed to. God, I love you, Lord. I cherish the moments we have together. So your son’s name we pray Amen.