March 22 – In Order to Win We Have to Lose

Whatever we say about the message of Jesus, it is counter intuitive. Our text this week is John 12:20-33. We are paying particular attention to this word that we might not want to hear: Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. No one likes to be labelled a “loser”. We are wired to win, to achieve. At least, that’s how the world is wired. Jesus seems to have been wired differently. His primary purpose was not to win; it was to be faithful, to be fruitful. He recognized that his calling put him at odds with the priorities of the world around him. He invited his disciples to follow him, believing with all his heart that he had found the true “way”.

The message on Sunday will begin with several questions: Are you competitive? Do you want to win? Do you ever let someone else win and, if so, when and why?

We’ll follow those questions with a story about a basketball game. “March Madness” is all about winning; but this game was less about winning or losing, and more about making sure there was someone there to cheer the team on.

We will post the link to Mark’s sermon notes later this weekend.

Come – worship with us this Sunday.

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Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.