Sermons in “Discipleship Attitudes”

Lovers in a Dangerous Time

Not for one second does Jesus suggest loving an enemy is easy. But, that doesn’t change the fact that it is exactly what he has called us to do. So, the disciple of Jesus needs to have the attitude that being like God (the cross) is more important than hating my hate for another.

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Go the Extra Mile

The world is convinced that it is good. It can be blind to its own selfishness. Christians are called to reveal the world to itself. One way we do this is by going the extra mile. Our attitude is that we will out live the world (in terms of goodness).

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Don’t Sell Me

We live in a world of words designed to influence us according to different agendas. It’s tempting to use our own Christian words to do the same. But, to do so would be to do violence to others. Our attitude needs to be nonviolence—we will speak simply, trusting God.

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Keep Being An Old Softy

Marriage represents our most intimate relationships: relationships with God and with each other. So, our attitudes towards marriage mirror these other relationships. The attitude Jesus disciples must have is not to treat those relationships lightly by casting them away. Instead, we need to want to protect each other.

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No Time to Fool Around

Our culture tells us that its okay to look as long as we don’t touch. But, the disciple of Jesus knows that looking will lead to touching. So, the disciple maintains the attitude that our relationship with Jesus is the most important thing—too important to fool around with.

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Squash Your Beef

One key attitude adjustment disciples need is to let go of grudges and being right. We need to prefer instead to swallow our pride so that our relationships can be restored.

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