Truly I Say to You :: Kingdom Greatness

Bible Study

Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon: Romans 12:14-18, Matthew 18:1-6.

 “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 18:3 ESV)

Sermon Outline

“Truly I say to you” – Jesus’ words confront and heal our broken, corrupted pursuit of greatness and glory.

We are hardwired to participate in and reflect God’s glory. But this right desire for glory was corrupted by the Fall (Genesis 3). Instead of seeking God’s glory, we seek our own. We seek to become like (replace) God.

Jesus gives us:

  1. New Perspective on Greatness – turn from worldly greatness, become like a child. Stop seeking status. Become dependent. Ask for help.
  2. New Practice of Greatness – welcome children, associate with the lowly. This is where we meet Christ.
  3. New Power for Greatness – the gospel: we receive as a gift the highest status in the universe – child of God! Having received this status, we are now free to work hard, use our gifts, even enjoy accomplishments – but not to fill our empty ego, but simply for the joy of doing them.

Sermon Application

  • Why did Jesus choose a child as a counterexample to the disciples’ question about greatness? Who might Jesus choose today as a counterexample?
  • What are some expressions of childlike humility? In addition to the ones Randy mentioned, can you think of others?
  • Who do you encounter in your daily life that is “lowly” and has little importance? What might it look like to welcome them?
  • What’s the difference between working toward an accomplishment for your own glory and doing so in order to reflect the glory of God?

For more on Gospel Humility, read the short book by Tim Keller, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness

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Do you have a question about today’s sermon? Email Randy Forrester (RForrester@StAndrews.Church)

The outline and application questions are intended for your further reflection and action upon the weekend message. They are also designed to facilitate discussion and accountability within your Life Group.

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Sermon Series

Truly I Say to You: Finding Truth in a Post-Truth World

We live in a time when it’s hard to know what to believe and who to trust. Various opinions on almost every matter, contradictory facts, talking heads, who do we listen to? As Christians, Jesus. One of Jesus’s favorite sayings was “truly I say to you…” He often used this phrase both to assert His own authority (compare with prophets “thus saith the Lord”) and to add emphasis to a particular truth He desired to communicate. In this series based in the Gospels, we will consider nine of Jesus’ statements that reveal important truths about the kingdom of God, the nature of sacrifice, faith, ministry, worship, His own identity, salvation, and life after death.