Yesterday was Palm Sunday and we continued our series “Marks of a Missional Community.” Here is the sixth mark we explored: A missional community orients its life around the new social order inaugurated by Jesus called the kingdom of God.
While preparing for my message, I noticed that in Matthew’s Gospel this potent text comes almost immediately before the Palm Sunday narrative:
25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28)
Right before Jesus reveals himself as the King, he teaches that his kingdom operated with a very different value system than that of the world. The new social order that Jesus inaugurated is one marked by humility and service, rather than powering up on people and using them for one’s own advantage.
As you travel through Holy Week, what would it look like for you to choose the pathway of humility, sacrifice and service?
Here is our complete worship flow:
- Our God Saves (Paul Baloche)
- Palm Sunday Video (SermonSpice)
- Hosanna (Paul Baloche)
- Here Is Our King (David Crowder Band)
- Because of Your Love (Paul Baloche)
- Prayers of Confession
- Simplicity (Rend Collective)
- Welcoming Covenant Partners
- Announcements and Offerings
- Message (A New Social Order)
- Mighty to Save (Hillsong)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this past weekend in worship at The Worship Community.