Apr. 15 - Greg's Very Worst Sermon
Updated: Jul 8, 2019
As followers of Christ, it can be hard to navigate the materialistic, self-centered, over-scheduled world we live in. On Sunday, Greg addressed the problems we face by preaching a sermon filled with lies and bad advice. So kick back, set your sarcasm filter to “on,” and read ahead for highlights from the worst sermon Greg has ever taught.
Bad advice #1:
If we find life passes by too quickly, we need to do everything we can to get all of the happiness out of it for ourselves. Accomplishing important things in our lives and being available for our children may get in the way of that happiness; therefore, be sure to add more and more to your calendar in place of the things that are causing you all of this trouble.
Enroll your kids in all the camps and activities you can to keep them busy and out of your hair.
Ensure they’re too busy to attend church or youth group. If they are encouraged, cared for, and taught right from wrong, they may be able to evaluate your behavior with clarity.
Participate in mindless activities that provide nothing but pure entertainment.
Be like the crowd. Get less out of life by doing more. Don’t allow emotional health to grow out of a prioritized and balanced schedule.
Bad advice #2:
If financial giving to ministry is so exciting for you that you are having trouble sleeping at night because you can’t wait to see how God is going to use your income to positively impact our world for Jesus Christ, give less and spend more!
Remind yourself that having more stuff will make you happier.
Give less to ministry and make yourself the center of your universe. How can that possibly fail?
Bad advice #3:
Stop exhausting yourself by influencing so many of your friends, co-workers, and classmates to get their life right with God.
Fill your schedule so you can avoid all meaningful activities that may bring your friends into a right relationship with Christ.
Bad advice #4:
Are you concerned that there will be too many people at your funeral celebrating your life because of the time you invested into your relationships? Just force everything into your own timing.
Scripture tells us God does everything right and in his own timing. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do it better and sooner, right?
Make your schedule the priority and never accept that God wants what is best for you.
Yeah, that's really bad advice. Even worse than "Pour hot water on your frozen windshield to defrost it."
Setting the falsehoods aside, the best advice to help us to live in this often hectic and self-serving world is found in the Bible.
Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them?
Proverbs 21:5 Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.
1 John 2:17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps
Jesus, Everything in our culture says go for more, go for better, go for faster. But we instinctively know where that kind of insane lifestyle leads.
So today as a group of people supporting each other in this church family we want to make a counter-culture decision.
We want to enjoy the life You’ve given to us, not just endure it.
We want to bring sanity and simplicity back into our schedule.
We want to live balanced healthy lives.
We want to have time for the relationships that matter most – with You, with those we love, with each other in our church family.
We want to take a STAND for You and Your Kingdom!