Fighting A Knockoff Culture
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Delivered By
Brian Winburn
Delivered On
September 24, 2017
Central Passage
Mark 10:17-27

These are the pastor's note from his time of preparation.

Mark 10:17- 27 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”


Putting together my desk at Lamar. The pieces are labeled with a sticker. If I recall the majority of it was done by myself, but last thing to go on was a draw. A simple draw that I didn’t need to be honest, but it wouldn’t fit right. The front part that everyone would see had the sticker showing out. The desk was put together all wrong. No one would know about it if it wasn’t for the sticker.

Today some of you have come to Church or as you may think of it, Show and tell. You are here chasing after God to show Him. To show the world that your life is all put together. And no one knows that your life isn’t perfect, except maybe a small draw that closes to tightly or the sticker being on the wrong side of the desk.

Look at vs. 19-20 he has kept all of those commands. He has created a life for Himself that most would envy and desire. Outwardly, he’s got it going on. This can even be true of organizations. You can have a well organized church and not have a church. They can say the right things, dress the right way, act the right way, and not have Jesus or the Spirit.

This man lacked one thing: ANOTHER WAY TO SAY it that the man, loved 1 thing more than God. That one thing had shape his life, his company’s life.

Some of you are here this morning to get your Sunday fix so you can hopefully make it through the next with your guilt, shame, and hurt. Every Sunday when you leave, you leave more disheartened, more rejected. It is becoming harder and harder to keep it together, why? GOD is commanding you to Love Him above all things.

Is there something that disheartens you that God is commanding that you give up in order to follow God? Is there something that breaks your heart more than the lostness of our community? Is there something that you are unwilling to give up in order to please and follow God?

Has there ever been a time in your life? The church’s life that you have been closer to God?

One of the great tragedies of having a newborn in when its like 3am and you get up to change the diaper and accidentally drop the remote. Even worse is when the channel changes. Now, on the tv is a cheerleading movie. The new girl with wealth is clapping back at the girls(poor) pocketbook and calls it fake. They aren’t really made that she called it fake, but the fact that she called made fun of her not having the real deal.

The disciples are blown away that Jesus spoke this way with the Rich man. Who can be saved then?

The issue is not money. The issue is that He loves something more than God.

The people have been spiritual conditioned in such a way that they are amazed that wealth doesn’t equal salvation.

It is possible for a church to be so condition that it will value, people, spirits, and events over the Lord. Having those things, people, or types of spirits are more valuable than the Lord. If you dared to touch them they would run you off.

How difficult is it for anyone to be saved? Rich, poor, white, black, man, woman, etc… the point again isn’t about wealth, but about the Power and greatness of God over all things.

It is possible to have a culture that is built on being fake, put together wrong, and the people will never question the fakeness, but will rejoice in how well you cover it up.

The rich young ruler is the knockoff of knockoffs. NO one would question him. Most would want to be Him. But he doesn’t love God above all things.

We are like the child who went to the museum. Child sees penny and want let go. They break the vase to find that if he let go of the penny they wouldn’t had to break the priceless vase. What are you holding onto that is worthless? What knockoff church image are we trying to present?

Salvation is impossible without God. With God it is possible. As you ask God for the impossible, are you valuing God above all things? Would you rather have your request or God? Are you willing to give up the worthless for the priceless?


Valuing God above all things


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