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Lingering in Worship: Qualifying

Lingering in Worship: Qualifying Sermon Audio Here

Ezra 2:1ff; Col. 1:9-14; Rom. 8:26-30

There’s been a shift in the meaning “qualified”: originally, it meant “to invest with a quality”, as in “I qualified him fit for duty”. NOW it means “to be entitled by fulfilling a necessary position”, as in “you can’t race in the Boston Marathon until you’ve qualified for it.” We’ve heard the phrase “God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called.” But what does that mean for US?

God INVESTS in the Qualified; So…

WHO are the Qualified? ~ Ezra 2:1 and following

  • 1 from last week: God moved these people’s hearts; NOW their bodies have followed
  • 36-43 Priests: you’d expect priests, Levites, and temple workers to go rebuild the temple. Vested interest (The VESTED)
  • 55 “descendants of Solomon’s servants” people who have already been involved often keep going (The TESTED)
  • 59 “couldn’t show they were from Israel” SOMETIMES the vision to do something for God is so compelling, that the unexpected show up (The REST)
  • 68 The VESTED+TESTED+REST=The QUALIFIED

WHAT do the Qualified Receive? ~ Colossians 1:9-14

  • 9 knowledge, wisdom
  • 10 life, fruit, growth
  • 11 strength, power, endurance, patience, joy
  • 12 thankfulness, inheritance
  • 13 rescue, relationship
  • 14 The Qualified -> The Redeemed

WHY are we Qualified? ~ Romans 8:26-30

  • 26 we’re weak
  • 27 we’re spoken for
  • 28 we’re called to HIS purpose
  • 29 we’re IN PROCESS
  • 30 The Qualified -> The Redeemed -> The Glorified (to become like Jesus)

God has INVESTED you with what He wants you to have (the old meaning of qualified), and THAT makes you ELIGIBLE AND ABLE to participate in the race He’s set before you (like the newer meaning). The whole POINT of our faith is to become like Jesus. God started it; God will finish it!

Snapshots from Mark: The Cost of Copper

Snapshots from Mark: The Cost of Copper Sermon Audio Here

Mark 12:38-44

The article “Keeping Score Matters, But Not How You Think” mentions the first ever sports psychology experiment: does a cyclist go faster when riding against their previous best time? Or against someone else?

Does God Keep Score With Our Offerings?

Warnings About Values ~ Mark 12:38-40

  • 38 Warning signs about religious people in power:
    • 1) fancy dress (to look special)
    • 2) salutations (to be recognized)
  • 39
    • 3) first seats in synagogues (to be counted as extra-holy)
    • 4) first seats at dinner (to be considered worthy of honor)
  • 40
    • 5) misappropriation of gifts (subverting offerings into their own pockets)
    • 6) surface words for show (to pretend closeness to God that isn’t there)

Various Worth of Gifts ~ Mark 12:41-44

  • 41/42 setup: as Jesus watches, rich people give abundantly, while a poor woman gives a tiny amount
  • 43 it’s worth noticing to Jesus: He calls the disciples attention; how does God measure our gifts? It goes beyond mere copper/silver/gold
  • 44 this offering is a gift of TRUST; she is trusting God to provide, even as she provides what she can for God’s work. (God can do more with our money than we can)

The gifts of the rich, though large, were easy gifts: the widow’s gift, though tiny, meant a real surrender of herself to God and trust in him, and therefore an honouring of God as God, as the one to whom we belong wholly and is able to care for us.”1


1. (Cambridge Greek Testament Commentary; St. Mark, by C.E.B. Cranfield, p. 387)


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