Sunday Highlights

I’m really enjoying our Chronicles series.  Although I’ve heard these parables before, I think sometimes it’s easy to brush over them and miss many of the points that Jesus was trying to communicate.  Justin did a great job with this one today.  I needed to be reminded of the power of a little seed… of a little hope!

The Mustard Seed & Yeast by Justin Davis

Parable – an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.

Matthew 13:31-34

Have you ever had an unmet expectation of God?

When you’ve had enough unmet expectations, you lose hope.

Just because you can’t see it working doesn’t mean He’s not working.

Unmet expectations turn into hope deferred and hope deferred turns into spiritual disappointment.

Small beginnings from an unlikely source = Irresistible growth

We have unmet expectations of God because we’ve placed our culture’s measuring standards on a kingdom that can’t be measured.

We miss mustard seed moments because we resent small beginnings.

God’s work is not always instant, but it’s inevitable.

Don’t lose hope.

Hope waits patiently.

  • God’s timing isn’t always our timing.
  • God is much more concerned about your character than your calendar.
  • What area of your life do you need to wait patiently?

Hope lives courageously.

  • Courage is not the absence of fear.
  • Courage is overcoming fear with faith.
  • Is there an area of your life that you’ve allowed fear to overtake your faith?

God has placed a list of dreams in your heart… they may be your mustard see moments.

Once the seed is in the ground, once the yeast is in the dough, it’s only a matter of time.

Jesus knows all about broken dreams.

Don’t give up.

Don’t lose hope.

Is there an area of your life that you’ve lost hope?  How can I pray for you this week?

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  • Nicki July 11, 2010  

    Wow, I needed to read this today. I'll be downloading the sermon as soon as it becomes available. I have struggled recently with losing hope about a future as a wife and mother, struggled tremendously. But my timing doesn't matter. I needed the reminder. Thank you.

  • Justin and Trisha July 12, 2010  

    Jenni, thank you for faithfully doing this each week. Your recap is often better than my original message 🙂 I appreciate how you continue the conversation from Sunday on your blog each week. It sounds like Nicki really needed it…so cool how God works!

  • Janice July 12, 2010  

    I appreciate it, too, Jenni. Even used one of your recaps of Justin's in a devotional for a small group down here in Georgia! I gave him all the credit so, hopefully, it's legal :). Thank you, Jenni and Crosspoint!