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Monument (4 of 6)
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 (NIV)
• Faith - 270 times
• Love - 551 times
• Giving - 2,017 times
1. GIVING SHIFTS MY FOCUS FROM TEMPORARY TRINKETS TO LASTING TREASURE
• Matthew. 6:19-21 (NIV)
2. GIVING BREAKS THE GRIP OF MATERIALISM ON MY LIFE.
• Mark 8:35-37 (NIV)
I've visited quite a few universities over the last several months as my son Steven, who is a senior in high school, is taking his perspective college visits; and one of the things that I've found that most universities have in common is they usually, in the center of their campus, have a monument dedicated to the founder of the university, and usually the founder is sitting in a stately chair, sculpted in marble or granite or maybe he's standing elegantly looking out over the horizon into the future. And the reason why the monument of the founder is there is so everyone can remember the founder's sacrifice of their time, effort and resources to start the university. And now the founder's statue at most universities is nothing more than just a meeting place for friends or it's something you can use if you're in a fraternity to play a practical joke on the administration and put a hat on or paint like at Rice University. I found out that they took the founder and the engineers at Rice took the statue and overnight they developed all this pulley system that was so intricate, and they turned him around so he was facing the other way. I don't know why they did that but it's pretty cool, and it's a famous story there. I guess because they could ... Who knows. And then they said Rice hired an engineering firm to put it back, and they broke the statue because they couldn't quite do it. So, but, the monument is there because somebody gave, and that's because they don't build monuments to takers. They only build monuments to givers. You're never remembered for what you take out of life. You're only remembered for what you give back in life.
And what we want to do today on this very special weekend is we want to remember the greatest sacrifice of all. We want to remember the greatest gift of all, and that's Jesus Christ's gift on the cross, because the greatest monument of all is the cross of Christ, and so we're going to take communion together in just a few moments, a very meaningful service.
But first I want to share with you some benefits of sacrifice, some benefits of being a giver rather than a taker as we're in this Stand series, and we're learning how to do something with our one-and-only life that's going to stand for all eternity, something that's going to last,. So I want you to open your Bibles if you would to I Corinthians 3. And would you stand in honor of God's word and just follow along with me?