Uncommon Humility
Part 3

August 15, 2021 • Brian Becker • The Greatest Stories Rarely ToldUncommon Humility

Join us as Brian continues The Greatest Stories Rarely Told, taking a look at some of the greatest, yet lesser-known stories of the Bible, that point back to our 3 core values; Sacrificial Generosity, Radical Hospitality, and Uncommon Humility.

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Sermon Notes - August 15, 2021
The Greatest Stories Rarely Told -Brian Becker

Uncommon Humility

Resentment & Bitterness
Humility & Forgiveness
Uncommon Humility is forgiving everyone who is trying to ruin your life.

Hebrews 12:2 (BSB)
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of God.

Hebrews 12:1-3 (MSG)
Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it.

We need to learn this, because nothing inside of us is ever going to feel this.

Hebrews 12:1-3 (MSG)
Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.

PAIN IS PAIN.
BETRAYAL IS BETRAYAL.
HUMILIATION IS HUMILIATION.
INJUSTICE IS INJUSTICE.
SABOTAGE IS SABOTAGE.
ABUSE IS ABUSE.

Hebrews 12:1-3 (MSG)
When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

Luke 23:34 (NIV)
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Forgiveness is not minimizing the seriousness of the offense.
Forgiveness is not reconciliation.
Forgiving is not about doing what is fair.
Forgiveness is not impossible to do.

Genesis 37:4, 8b (NLT)
But his brothers hated Joseph because their father loved him more than the rest of them. They couldn’t say a kind word to him…And they hated him all the more because of his dreams and the way he talked about them.

Genesis 37:19-20 (NLT)
“Here comes the dreamer!” they said.“Come on, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns. We can tell our father, ‘A wild animal has eaten him.’ Then we’ll see what becomes of his dreams!”

Genesis 45:1 (NLT)
Joseph could stand it no longer. There were many people in the room, and he said to his attendants, “Out, all of you!” So he was alone with his brothers when he told them who he was.

Genesis 45:2,4b (NLT)
Then he broke down and wept. He wept so loudly the Egyptians could hear him, and word of it quickly carried to Pharaoh’s palace…“I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt.

Genesis 45:5 (NLT)
But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.

Genesis 50:20,21 (NLT)
You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.” So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them.

Genesis 37:4 (NLT)
But his brothers hated Joseph because their father loved him more than the rest of them. They couldn’t say a kind word to him…

“Mercy is most empowering, liberating, and transformative when it is directed at the undeserving. The people who haven’t earned it, who haven’t even sought it, are the most meaningful recipients of our compassion.” - Bryan Stevenson

Proverbs 18:19 (NIV)
“An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.”

Matthew 6:12 (NLT)
“And forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.”

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable in others because God has forgiven the inexcusable in me.” - C.S. Lewis

Forgiveness is God’s desire, but my decision.