Today the pastor decided to change it up a bit and preach on Luke two today, rather than Galatians. Here where his four points:
I. Christ is worth pursuing first.
II. Christ is worth pursuing fast.
III. Christ is worth pursuing faithfully.
IV. Christ is worth pursuing foolishly.
For all of these points he used the shepherds (in the Christmas Story which is found in Luke two) as examples:
I. Christ is worth pursuing first. — The shepherds didn’t care about their sheep, instead, they went straight to Jesus.
II. Christ is worth pursuing fast. — The first point overlaps with this one.
III. Christ is worth pursuing faithfully. — Somewhere in Luke two is says something like, “and all who heard were amazed” in reference to the shepherds proceeding to tell everyone about the Messiah. We should be like the shepherds in that we should, in our day-to-day lives, be faithful to Christ… I’m going to get to how exactly that’s possible in a minute.
IV. Christ is worth pursuing foolishly. — “Imagine for a moment that some shepherd with a scraggly beard and who smells like sheep runs up to you and gives you a hug. He says, ‘Christ is born!’ and then goes running off. Suddenly, another shepherd does the same, and so forth twenty-eight more times.” — Pastor Chris. We shouldn’t be worried about who it is that sees us, instead, we should be willing to spread the Gospel everywhere and anywhere we go. Whether by simply handing out tracks, or in the case of revival, hugging people.
Here are my (and my dad’s) four sub-points:
I. Christ pursued us first. — He didn’t hold an angelic board meeting. He didn’t wander around Heaven for a bit, instead, he went after us first. Therefore we can now go after Him and pursue Him; and indeed, should.
II. Christ pursued us fast. — As soon as it was ‘the right time’ Jesus came down to Earth. He didn’t dally, he rushed. Therefore we should now rush to Him!
III. Christ pursues us faithfully. — We can run but we can’t hide (why we would want to do either though is beyond me). Christ pursues us faithfully; he doesn’t slack off for a night. Therefore now we can pursue Him faithfully as well.
IV. Christ pursues us foolishly. — Do you think that Christ coming down from on high to lowly man, and then dying for said lowly man, is a smart idea? Many would regard it as foolish; Christ pursued us ‘foolishly’, thus we can now, and should, do the same to Him.
You are Loved!