The Power of the Towel (2 of 6) by Kerry Shook

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The Power of the Towel (2 of 6)
Series: Stand
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• John 13:3-5, 12-17 (NIV)

An idol is anything we substitute for God in our lives.

"You shall not make yourselves any idols ... you must never bow or worship it in any way." Ex. 20:4,5 (LB)

• Titles

• Trophies

• Treasure

Idols steal our happiness

"Those who make idols are disillusioned because the gods they make are false and lifeless." Jer. 10:14 (GN)

Idols strangle our freedom

"... you were controlled by dead idols, who always led you astray." 1 Cor. 12:2 (GN)


"If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for My sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live." Mark 8:35 (LB)



On the night before Christ went to the cross, He gathered His disciples in the upper room, and He looked into the faces of the men He had invested the last three years of His life in, teaching them to stand for something that would last for all eternity and knowing this was His last chance to inspire them to carry on His vision. He would give them a powerful gift that would enable them to change the world. And what was the gift? Did He bestow on them a title? Did He deem them chief executive officers of Christianity and that title that He gave them so motivate them that they went out and died for the cause? No. Did He give them a trophy? Did He say: Guys I have a trophy for each one of you because you've done such a great job following me the last three years, and I wanted to build up your self-esteem, so here's a trophy. It says 'Greatest Leader of all time, just pick it up on your way out and that's going to motivate you to change the World." No. Did He give them treasure? I mean He could have made them all wealthy beyond their wildest dreams because He owned the cattle on a thousand hills and the hills those cattle are upon but no He didn't give them that. He gave them a weapon that they would wield to win victory after victory -- the most powerful weapon ever forged. And what was this great weapon? A towel. A towel is the weapon that would help them stand out in a culture of selfishness. And the towel was the weapon that would help them stand against darkness and despair and emptiness and change the world.

I want you to open your Bibles to John 13 as we see how Jesus gave them the weapon of the towel. And would stand in honor of God's word? And I'm going to read verses 3 -5 and then verses 12 -17. So just follow along with me.
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