Renovate: Made For This | 5 of 11

Renovate: God Gives (Phil. 2:5-11)

Matt Webel
Jun 16, 2019
Series Description

When life starts to leak - when we start to feel lonely or purposeless…it’s tempting to slap another layer of activity on top. To try something new. To add more in the hope that it will cover up what’s wrong. A new car, a new gadget, a new hobby, a new job, a new city, a new adventure, a new relationship.  

We can pinball from one new thing to another. Sometimes it feels like we’re moving too fast to even enjoy it. We put out one fire only to have three more flare up. We feel busy, frazzled, stretched wide but not deep. Disconnected from people and from God and from purpose. Left wondering, at the end of a day full of activity, did it count for anything

Philippians boldly proclaims a truth: God is at work in you and through you. You are God's renovation project. In this series, we are invited to particpate in the renovation project. It's hard. It's costly. And it matters.

Sermon Description: 

The scariest thing about our inward bent towards our own self-interests is that, without even realizing it, we can start to project our selfishness onto God. We can imagine that God must “takes” something from us - our charity, chastity, devotion, and our Sunday mornings - in order to bless us. 

In Christ, we see a different posture. If you want a picture of it is: Jesus on a cross. The fullness of God on display. Unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, the glory of God. On the cross we see who God really is: God is entirely other-oriented. Entirely selfless. God is a giver.