Title: “So, What Does it Matter to You?” – Sermon by Mark Brown (July 2, 2023)
In this insightful sermon, Mark Brown explores the negative effects of comparing ourselves to others, highlighting its potential to distract us from our spiritual mission and rob us of Christ’s power. Referencing key passages such as John 21:18-22, he emphasizes the importance of focusing on Christ and His work in us.
The sermon challenges the human nature of self-comparison, using various Bible verses such as Matthew 14:23-32, Luke 18:9-14, and Hebrews 12:1-4 to underscore the dangers of false pride and contempt. Brown proposes a transformative solution: if comparison is inevitable, let us compare ourselves to Jesus and people who inspire us to draw closer to Christ.
Moreover, the sermon encourages practicing gratitude for our unique attributes and circumstances, as depicted in 1 Corinthians 15:9-10 and 1 Timothy 6:6-7. It calls on believers to build up others rather than judge them, as seen in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Romans 14:19, and Ephesians 4:29.
Drawing on Micah 6:6-8, the sermon concludes with a call to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. This inspiring content will guide Christians in eschewing harmful comparison and focusing more on their personal spiritual journeys.