February 1, 2015 Sermon Notes
Grace Greater | Week 4
Grace Greater Than Performance
1. Jesus reveals that his authority and our humility pave the way for a new identity (Matthew 11:25-27)
2. Jesus invites those who carry the heavy weight of performance to come to him (Matthew 11:28)
Characteristics of those Weighed Down
A. Pressure to perform shapes us into a image of an idol not Jesus.
It is possible [for the Christian] to avoid the pain and humiliation of repentance and renewal by maintaining an outward facade of spiritual commitment, moral impeccability, and orthodox behavior. In doing so, he can preserve a reputation for spiritual growth and maturity that is satisfying to the ego and seems to gain much in the way of opportunity for service and the commendation of the Christian community. – Ray Stedman
We live photo-shopped existences in order to maintain our image when our performance lets us down.
B. Pressure to perform enslaves us to the image and its demands.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ announces that because Jesus was strong for you, you’re free to be weak. Because Jesus won for you, you’re free to lose. Because Jesus was Someone, you’re free to be no one. Because Jesus was extraordinary, you’re free to be ordinary. Because Jesus succeeded for you, you’re free to fail…The gospel doesn’t just free you from what other people think about you, it frees you from what you think about yourself. – Tullian Tchividjian
C. Jesus performed the work of the cross that we could experience grace.
3. Jesus invites us to take on a new identity with him (Matthew 11:29-30)
Discipleship remains the only alternative that satisfies our deepest longings” because Jesus calls people not to the law but to himself. – Craig Blomberg
As complicated as life may become, discipleship is at heart simply walking with Jesus in the real world and having him teach us moment by moment how live life his way. – Michael Wilkins