Am I Important? (Love Feast #3)

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Am I important? Am I more important than you? These are life-defining, never-ending negotiations we have with each other in every realm in life. What if we listened to Jesus and stop asking this all together? What if, instead of grasping for importance, we ceded the fight and devoted our lives to making everyone around us feel important?


Main Text: Luke 22:24-27

Simple outline:

  • What does it mean for Jesus to love? That’s the question we’re asking in this series, and to answer we’re looking at His last supper with His disciples the night before He was crucified.

  • The pattern of Jesus is to treat others as more important than Himself:

    • He treats His disciples as important—this is love.

    • He tells them to treat others as more important than themselves—this is an instruction on love, and it is also love.

    • He invites us into the same situation, where we can draw our importance from His love and therefore treat others as more important than ourselves.

  • How delightful would life be if we imitated Jesus?

    • We're having a year at the table--a year where we partner with Jesus and love our neighbors as actively, warmly, and simply as we know how. We're going to make a habit of hosting our neighbors for dinner, inviting them to feast on Jesus with us.

    • Will you join us?

    • How different might our lives and neighborhoods be if we treated our neighbors and each other as more important than ourselves?

Am I important? Am I more important than you? These are life-defining, never-ending negotiations we have with each other in every realm in life. What if we listened to Jesus and stop asking this all together? What if, instead of grasping for importance, we ceded the fight and devoted our lives to making everyone around us feel important?


Main Text: Luke 22:24-27

Simple outline:

  • What does it mean for Jesus to love? That’s the question we’re asking in this series, and to answer we’re looking at His last supper with His disciples the night before He was crucified.

  • The pattern of Jesus is to treat others as more important than Himself:

    • He treats His disciples as important—this is love.

    • He tells them to treat others as more important than themselves—this is an instruction on love, and it is also love.

    • He invites us into the same situation, where we can draw our importance from His love and therefore treat others as more important than ourselves.

  • How delightful would life be if we imitated Jesus?

    • We're having a year at the table--a year where we partner with Jesus and love our neighbors as actively, warmly, and simply as we know how. We're going to make a habit of hosting our neighbors for dinner, inviting them to feast on Jesus with us.

    • Will you join us?

    • How different might our lives and neighborhoods be if we treated our neighbors and each other as more important than ourselves?