SSC Living Room Worship March 29

Let’s make Sunday as enjoyable–and worshipful–as possible. Here’s the link to our YouTube page where you’ll find the broadcast.

If you’re tired of boring Zoom business meetings, try Zoom Church with your friends. Put the service on the TV and connect with a few people on Zoom or Google Hangouts on another device. Admit it, church isn’t the same unless you can make a snide remark or two about the sermon to the person next to you.

Here are the sermon notes so you can follow along and fill in the blanks.

Don’t forget the kids. There are videos for Preschool, Kids, and Preteens, and here are links for the Spanish versions if that works better for your family.

If you or someone you know is ready to unpack a Blue Bag and learn more about having a relationship with Jesus, click here to go to our online Blue Bag, or use the Blue Bag in our app.

And if you want to tithe or make a contribution, you can do that here or on our app.

Faith in Action

James 2:14-26

14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?

17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”

19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God.[a] Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?

21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”[b] He was even called the friend of God.[c] 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.

25 Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. 26 Just as the body is dead without breath,[d] so also faith is dead without good works.

Words Matter

Here are the notes in case you want to follow along.

“I Have a Dream”

As I mentioned in my sermon, Martin Luther King’s most famous speech can be divided into two sections. If you watch the video below, up until the 10:45 mark or so, you can see him frequently looking down at his notes.

Just after that mark, the cameras spend over a minute panning the enormous crowd. Most of that time you can tell he is still following his notes. But when the camera returns to Dr. King, at about 12:14, there is a shift. He starts a sentence, possibly from his notes, but after an interruption for applause, he abandons that sentence and starts a new one.

“So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.”

And with the camera clearly on him, he never looks down at his notes for the rest of the speech.

Gives me chills every time I watch it.

Here is the article that started me down the path to the story I shared. It’s a pretty good read.

Innovation and Winging the “I Have a Dream” Speech

by Doug Paul

Two hours before standing at the steps of Lincoln to deliver one of the most important speeches ever given, in the literal shadow of monument to rhetorical greatness from one hundred years before, Martin Luther King, Jr. couldn’t land the speech. Minutes before it was time, he was still furiously working on it, knowing it wasn’t there yet. “Just before King spoke, politician Drew Hensen writes, he was “crossing out lines and scribbling new ones as he awaited his turn. And it looked like he was still editing the speech until he walked to the podium to deliver it.”

He stood at the podium and delivered the opening pages of the speech, staying mostly on course, but ad libbing a few extras here and there. But about mid way through, the voice of King’s favorite gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson, came ringing through the audience behind him:

“Tell ’em about the dream, Martin!”

Read the rest of the article here.

Wisdom, Not Will Power

Due to some sound issues, the sermon video starts about a couple minutes in. Good news, the first minute or so was primarily me talking about the limitations of will power and asking “Is the mic working yet?”

If you want to follow along with the notes, they are here. However, I make a few points before I get to the fill-in notes.

All humans have two natures, the Image of God and Fallenness.

Image of God: Live God’s principles

Fallenness: Live opposed to God’s principles

The Image of God is our truest self but our fallenness is our default setting.

And here are the stats for the poll I mentioned:

Center for Biblical Engagement Poll
Biblical Engagement 4x per week
30% less likely to feel lonely
30% less likely to have anger issues
40% less likely to harbor bitterness
60% less likely to feel spiritually stagnant

Speaking of angels on your shoulder, here’s a video David Cooke sent me. I laughed.