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After You

After You

Pastor Ken Cline - November 10, 2019

After You

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Imagine you and another person are waking towards a door, but the doorway is only big enough for one person at a time. Do you speed up and go through the door first? Or do you slow down, hold open the door, and say “after you?”

Pastor Ken kicked off this week’s sermon with this example to help us apply Ephesians 5:21, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”  Submitting means to say “after you”, just like Jesus’ heart is an after you heart. As Christians, we are called to demonstrate this, to spread His light in our after me culture.  

And we have so many opportunities to demonstrate this! In Ephesians Chapter 5, Paul describes how we can say “after you” in three key relationships: marriage, family, and relationships where someone is in a position of power and someone is not. You can hear PK describe each one by listening to the full sermon, but when it comes down to it, they all share the same principle. It does not matter who is in charge of who. It all comes back to putting God first, which means submitting to one another, just as Christ gave himself up for us. 

Now imagine if the world saw us putting others before ourselves, living of life of saying “after you.” This sermon left us with a challenge: demonstration comes before explanation. If you have to explain what you are demonstrating, it is not demonstrating Jesus. Join me this week and ask yourself, “am I busy explaining or am I busy demonstrating?”