Who Will I Be In 2019?

Making a New Years resolution to be more like Jesus.

Scott Rodgers
Jan 6, 2019    38m
In this sermon Pastor Scott Rodgers talks about making a New Years resolution. He suggests instead of asking yourself what your want to do, you instead ask yourself who you want to be in 2019. He then challenges you to answer that question with, I want to be more like Jesus. He uses biblical passages to give you ideas of how to more like Jesus in your conversations, your conflict, and your times of confusion. Video recorded at Chandler, Arizona.

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Scott Rodgers: 00:25 Hey cornerstone, how's everybody doing today? Nice to see you, good to see you my name is Scott. You know, let's put our hands together for everyone who's joining us, maybe visiting Cornerstone for the very first time. Come on, man, we're so glad that you're here. We hope you have a great experience today. Love it, love it, love it, thanks for taking time out of your day. And same for everyone at the location in San Tan and location in Scottsdale, we love you guys. Thanks for just being big part of the Cornerstone family. Come on, let's welcome Scottsdale, San Tan, in on this with us today, as well as everyone joining us online throughout the week. And if it is your first time here at Cornerstone, man, we're just thankful that you're here. A whole lot of folks at every single location have invested time in preparing the environment, praying that you would have just a great welcoming experience. And hopefully when we're done in just a few minutes, you're going to go home with maybe something a little more helpful to help you out in this year, 2019, but want to just invite you back.

Scott Rodgers: 01:23 If I don't scare you away today, next weekend, Linn's going to kick off this brand new series called The End, It's Just the Beginning, and he is super passionate about this set of teachings that he's going to do. Have you ever wondered like what's the ultimate future that the Bible says is going to happen? And how do we live today if that's really true, and how does what it says about the future bring hope and encouragement for us in the today? And maybe even what are some of the big questions that we're all asking about the future that may be scripture is answering, that we've yet to notice. So it's going to be an incredible series, come on back next week, and I know Linn is just really, really looking forward to digging into the scriptures, and teaching on this series, so it's going to be fun.

Scott Rodgers: 02:15 Today, my goal is just in this conversation is to give maybe a bunch of us kind of a compass, going into this new year, 2019. Something that'll guide us through whatever might come our way. Is there anybody here that you're glad 2018 is over? Anybody? You're like, man, that was all right, but I'm glad, I'm ready to move on. And anybody anticipating something a little better, a little more this year? Anybody? Twenty-nineteen, going to be a good year? Eight of you are looking forward, the rest of us are negative. It's all good, because I know Scottsdale, San Tan you all raised your hands, yes, bring it on. Paul Goldschmidt or not, we're going. Anyway, you know, as a speaker, you never do something like that. Now everybody's like bummed out, like where do I go from here? How do I recover?

Scott Rodgers: 03:00 But if you have a Bible with you, open it up to the book of First Corinthians Chapter Ten, first Corinthians 10. And we're going to get into this conversation. About four or five weeks ago, I'm speaking at a church and I had just finished, I think it was literally the fifth or sixth service. So I was a little tired, but still, I love to mingle, I love to meet folks. Many of you have become friends with me, and I just enjoy getting to know people. So I love to just go around and mingle and say hi. And so I get done with this service at this church, and I walk off the platform. And folks are kind of hanging around, and some are praying and talking. And I begin this conversation with someone, and just a few feet to my right is a man and his wife waiting to talk, and they have, I think it was three kids, little kids. And the kids are like running all over the place, having a blast, making the church their home. You know, they're running up on the stage and everything, and getting into all that stuff, just having a great old time. And I could see clearly that this gentleman was nervous or concerned about something. And so I finished my conversation with this one person, and I walk over to him and like, hey, how you doing? I'm Scott and it's great to meet you. And he just says with kind of this anxiousness in him, this anxiety you know. He says, man, I got a question for you. And I'm like, well sure, absolutely. And he says, well, let me just tell you the deal. We love our church, we've been to this church for years. We love it. We love the teaching here. We Love the worship, we love what they do for the kids. And every time we're here, he literally says, we're encouraged, we're inspired every single time. And he says, but every time when we go home, it all falls apart, everything breaks down. My wife and I, and she's standing there with them. He says, like, we're arguing all the time at home. Our kids, they're out of control. And I'm thinking, mmm hmm. And he's like, we're just frustrated. And he's almost tearing up, I'm not being over dramatic, he's almost tearing up. And he says, there's just a difference between what we're experiencing in church, and what's going on at home. And I'm thinking, oh my, what do you do in that moment? First, let me ask you this question, does anybody relate to that? Thank you for your honesty. We take this, you know, hopefully great teaching that Linn gives us, and in other folks. And we're like inspired, we're going live this out, and we're even in the parking lots and it starts to break down. It's frustrating. It's that gap between the information and the transformation. Right? And he says, Scott, what do I do? I'm standing in this moment knowing I only have a few minutes. So what I assumed was going to be a short conversation, is quickly devolving into a counseling session. And I'm thinking, I don't know if, what do I say in this moment, in two or three minutes, that's going to give some hope, some help for when they go home. And it's all going through my mind, and I'm thinking what am I going to say? What do I do? And so I'm thinking do I say, hey, have you ever read the book The Five Love Languages? It's a great book, helps you to really understand one another better. Give that a shot, start there. And then I'm thinking, well maybe I recommend to them to read the book Boundaries with Kids. That Shelly and I read when our kids were little, it's incredibly helpful, Read Boundaries with Kids. And then I'm thinking, well maybe I say, have you done the Myers Briggs personality indicator test? It's actually very beneficial, and it's helpful, give that a shot. Or what's your family of origin? What baggage are you bringing into this? And I'm this all this stuff going through my mind like, what am I going to say? And I don't remember exactly what I said, but I'm pretty confident that whatever I said wasn't incredibly helpful. So I did, and I'm going to let you in on this. I can't speak for other pastors , but I'll speak for myself. When a pastor doesn't know what in the world to say, we say, let's pray. Let's just pray. And I prayed with them. Laughing now, but I wasn't then.

Scott Rodgers: 07:37 And that interaction bothered me, for literally the next week, I was preoccupied throughout my days for the next five or six days just going, what do I do with that? Because that's not the only time I've had that discussion. If I had a dollar for every time I had that conversation, I'd be able to go to Dutch Brothers every single day of the week, every day of the month. It's a common conversation. And what was most frustrating, even a little shameful for me is like, Scott, you've been doing this for like 20 years, and you've never paused long enough to come up with a helpful answer to that conversation, when you've only got two or three minutes. And so as I wrestled with that, I really feel like God gave me the answer, and that's what I want to talk to you about here for the next few minutes. Because this gentleman is just like me, and he's just like most of us. He asked me the normal question, what do I do? Scott, here's my situation, it's great at church, we go home, it all falls apart. We can't figure it out, what do I do. And I think there's a better question to ask, then what do I do. I want to suggest the better question is asking, who should I be? Who should I be in this situation? Who should I be in the middle of my circumstance? Who should I be? And if I were to have the opportunity to have a do over conversation with this gentleman and his wife, I would say lovingly, I'd say, I think you're asking the wrong question, what do I do. The better question is asking, who should you be? And here's my recommendation, go home and be more like Jesus. I'm so profound aren't I? Right? And some of you are thinking, some of you much more intelligent than me. I'm sure you're going, Scott, you've been doing this for 20 years, and it took you 20 years to come up with that answer. Just go home and be more like Jesus. But think about it for a moment, that would change everything. And so I began to go, okay, Linn I think this is some wisdom here. Let me go to scripture, and make sure it's biblical.

Scott Rodgers: 10:04 So let's go to First Corinthians, and just know this, it's written by the Apostle Paul, inspired by the spirit of God. And Paul actually wrote nearly, maybe a little more than, half of the New Testament. And his teaching really falls into two primary buckets or categories. One is he says to followers of Jesus, here's what we're to believe. And then in the other bucket he says, because this is what we believe. Here's how we should then live. And that's what's going on in chapter 10 and 11, and on and on in the book of Corinthians. He's saying, because this is what we believe, here's how we live. And throughout the whole conversation, I'm going to use two translations of the Bible. One's The New Living Translation, And the other's The New International Version. And what's unique about that is the verse I'm going to read is actually different in each one. I'm going to read The New Living Translation, which is First Corinthians 10, verse 34. But in the NIV, it's actually chapter 11, verse one. So whichever one you have, that's where we're going to go. So First Corinthians 10 verse 34 says this, Paul writes, "And you should imitate me." He's writing to the people of Corinth "And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ." He's literally saying, hey, we've been talking a whole lot about what we're to believe. Now let's get into the reality of it, let's get into the brass tacks, this is how we should live. And he basically is saying, and let me just make it a little easier to understand, let me be a walking, living illustration for what this looks like, just imitate me. I mean he must've come to a place where he was confident enough in the work of God in him, that he's saying, hey, if you wanna know what this looks like, look at me. That seems a little arrogant, but I think he was really confident. Look at me, how I'm doing it, because ultimately I am looking at the example Christ has given us.

Scott Rodgers: 11:58 In fact, look at this on the screen. Luke chapter six, verse 40. Jesus says something very similar. Here's what it says, Luke 6:40, Jesus says, "The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be (What?) will be like their teacher." Now, many of us realize there was only one Jesus, right? There's only one son of God who lived the life that you and I cannot live, which is a life without sin. He died the death that no one else could die, which is for the sin of the world. He's the only one who could hang on the cross, and be the mediator between God and man. He's the only messiah. He's the only one. He's Jesus, the Christ, the risen Lord. There's only one, but even he says, for those of us who are following him, we should begin to look more and more and more like him. Now, let's not get our hopes up and think that we're going to walk on water, or turn water into wine or maybe not even raise a Lazarus from the dead. However, he is calling us to look like him, in a reverence for our Heavenly Father. In our life of worship, in loving our neighbor as our self, in doing unto others as we'd have them to do unto us, etc, etc, so on, and so on. He says, hey, you're not going to exceed me, but you're going to be like me. Paul says later in Ephesians chapter five, back to Paul. Here's what he writes. You can see on the screen real quick, verse one and two of Ephesians five, he says, "Imitate God." Just give that a thought for a moment. Wow. "Imitate God therefore in everything you do, because you are his dear children." What? How in the world we do that? Well verse 2 gives us a little insight. He says, "Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ."

Scott Rodgers: 13:58 Do you realize that for those of us who are here who were followers of Christ, that the goal of our spiritual formation, our spiritual growth, the cornerstone of what we call discipleship, which is living out the teachings of scripture, the cornerstone of it all, the end goal is Christ likeness. It's that you and I look more and more like Jesus in every area of our life. So maybe you're someone who's mentoring someone else that's maybe new in their faith, and they're asking you a whole bunch of questions like, what's the bible say? What do we believe? What do I do? Just keep in mind, the goal of it all is Christ likeness, for us to become more and more like Jesus. And as intimidating is that may be for most of us, like be more like Jesus, I mean that's just huge. You should look at me man, I'm pretty far from that, it's pretty intimidating. But I don't think it's as complex as we might think it is. In fact, I would suggest we are actually really good, even natural at imitating those closest to us. Some of you may have had family over for the holidays, maybe you went and visited family. If you're married and you went to your spouse's family, and you saw in your spouse's parents the behavior you see in your spouse, and you're thinking, oh lord, I'm stuck with this. It's not been a change, it's in the DNA, right? And they probably saw the same in you and your family of origin, your parents.

Scott Rodgers: 15:40 See, we're so good at imitating others that were close to, its natural. Our daughter Morgan, who's now a junior in college in south Florida, when she was four years old, her and my wife Shelly and I were at a restaurant in Michigan where we lived. Conservative community, and an even more conservative kind of restaurant. Where we were there in the afternoon, about 4:30, for really early dinner. And this is the kind of restaurant where most of the clientele are on the older spectrum, it's one of those places where at 4:00-4:30 in the afternoon the parking lot is full of Buick Lesabres and Lincoln Continentals, right? You're driving a Lincoln, and it just wants to turn in when you're going by this kind of place. And so we're sitting in there, and we order our good midwestern comfort food. And we're waiting for the food to arrive, and our daughter Morgan stands up in the booth and she looks across the restaurant, a whole bunch people in there. And she looks through the big windows in the side of the building, and she yells out loud, she points and says, what thought is beep? Everybody in that section looks at us, you know, and they give us that look. Right parents, whether they're saying with their eyes, you have lost control, you are a bad dad, you are a bad mom. And we're just feeling like really awkward, and so we're like, Shelly and I looked at each other and we didn't even have to say it, but we were communicating this. Where did she learn that? She didn't just make that up, she had to pick it up somewhere. So I said to Morgan, I said Morgan, sit down,don't ever do that again, and Morgan, you've got to stop acting like your mom. I didn't say that, I didn't say that, that would have been so bad. I would have been in the dog house, man. I'm telling ya, and it wouldn't have been the truth, she probably picked it up from the neighbor or something like that. But isn't it true, we just naturally take on, imitate, those closest to us? We take on the personality, and the gestures, and things of that nature.

Scott Rodgers: 18:11 So what I want to do for the next few minutes, even though we know that becoming more like Jesus is what we're called to be as followers of Christ, in every area of life. I want to give us just a few, what I think are key areas in our life, that if we were to be more like Jesus in these areas, everyone wins if were to do this.

Scott Rodgers: 18:34 So here's the first one. Let's be more like Jesus in our conversation. Everybody say conversation. Let me read something to you. If you're a super fast bible turner, you can go to Ephesians chapter four, if not, it's on the screen. Verse 29, Ephesians four, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth." Everybody take in a deep breath, here we go. But only, everybody say only. What is hurtful, but only what is condescending, but only what is arrogant, but only what is judgemental. But only what is helpful, helpful for what? Building others up according to their needs that it may benefit those who listen. Do you ever, if you read the bible you ever come across verses where you're like, come on, God, why'd you put that in there? I don't like this one, this is a challenge. Especially if you're anything like me where at some point in your past you really truly believe that sarcasm is a spiritual gift. Anybody, anybody here like you've almost mastered the gift of sarcasm. I was on my way. At least I thought I was, until my wife Shelly told me otherwise, and she's like, Scott, you've got to quit having fun at other people's expense. So here's what I'm committed just in the area of sarcasm, believe me, this speaks into my life in more broad way than just this example. But here's what I'm committed to trying to live this out, to try to be the example of what I'm talking about, try to practice what I preach. Okay? I am committed to at least in 2019, we'll see how it goes for my soul, but I'm committed that when I'm at Cornerstone, I am not going to pick on Dodgers fans. You're welcome, sir. I am committed that I am not going to pick on Seahawks fans, especially today. And by the grace of God almighty, I am committed to not being sarcastic and picking on cat lovers, just not going to do it, not at all. Because I am having fun at your expense. Dodgers fans, it's easy to pick on a winner, right? But think about this, what are you saying, maybe even the ways that we say things. That this verse really challenges us and says, hey, if we're going to be more like Jesus, we got to say something different. There's some things we need to stop saying, or say them from a different posture, or a different tone. But think about that, what do you and I need to subtract from our language and our conversations, if we're to be more like Jesus in our conversations. And I think it goes on both sides, not only what do we stop saying, but what do we now say? Because it says right here that God has really, I'm paraphrasing this whole thought, God has given you and I a tool called vocabulary and words, and he wants us to use that tool to what? To build others up, be helpful, and benefit those who listen. There's going to be times when we need to say some things that are going to be helpful, that we kind of, we feel awkward to say. I think we've had the moment, I know we, I think we all have. Someone's coming to you for feedback, which is the good qualifier. Because unsolicited feedback, unsolicited advice, is seldom heard and never acted upon. So if no one's asking, maybe we keep it to our self. But if they're asking you and me for input and feedback, and you know those moments, like, hey Scott, what do you think about this? And you're like, oh, you had to ask me that. Do I really say what I'm thinking? Have you ever been there? And so what we do, because we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, we don't want it to be awkward. We say 95 percent of what we really wanted to say, but maybe it's that five percent that we need to say that's the most helpful. So I would task each of us to learn the art of gracefully telling the truth, and that is an art, and that takes practice, and that takes time. But let's learn, how do we gracefully tell the last five percent of the conversation, that might be the most helpful, when someone's asking for our input. Let's just be more like Jesus in our conversation.

Scott Rodgers: 23:36 Here's another area I want to encourage us with, let's be more like Jesus in our moments of conflict. Everybody say conflict. I want to read something to you out of the Book of First Peter, so feel free to go there if you'd like. It's important that when I read this, we understand the context of First Peter. It's important whenever we're reading the bible that we understand it's greater context, but really in First Peter, it's important because these folks are followers of Jesus, but they're an exile. They're scattered, and they're persecuted for their faith, and they are embedded in conflict with the culture around them. Not as much with one another, maybe there was, but it was more so people looking in on their faith and it was full of conflict. And so here's what Peter the Apostle writes to these folks, and I think it's applicable, regardless of the context of our conflict. Chapter 2, verse 21, he says, "To this." And I would just in parentheses say to this, Christ follower, okay? "To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps." Then he quotes the Book of Isaiah in the next verse, he says, "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." Verse 23, "When they hurled their insults at him." Now he's referring to when Jesus was flogged, beaten, pulverized, spit in his face, and hung on a cross. He says, "When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate. When he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, (Everybody say instead.) Instead he entrusted himself to him, who judges justly." He didn't retaliate, he didn't threaten, he entrusts himself to God's greater plan. And if we're going to be more like Jesus in our moments of conflict, this scripture is going to challenge us to walk that out in this way, and being more like him.
Scott Rodgers: 25:49 And here's the reality, I think we all know this. That in moments of conflict, regardless of who it's with, in our moments of conflict, there's a time to speak up and there's a time to stand down. Sadly, I think we don't pause long enough in the moment of conflict, to consider which., so instead we just lash out. You know, it's like gloves off. You're going to say that to me, you think you're going to say that to me, you're going to accuse me of that. Are you kidding me? Let's talk about your mama, right? This is gloves off, let's go baby, let's do it. And how many of us already know, lashing out hardly ever brings about the results we're hoping for? In fact, I would challenge those of us who want to live out God's word. Here's what it says in James chapter 1, verse 19, 'My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this, everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry." Man, that's easier said than done, isn't it? Verse 20, "Because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires." Isn't it amazing? Right here it tells us that whenever you and I lash out in anger, we're instantly out of alignment with the process God wants to use to bring peace and reconciliation.

Scott Rodgers: 27:23 And here's the thing, and I say first, not always, not always, but maybe more than we think. Sometimes the most Christ like response, in the moments of conflict, is silence. No need to defend our self, no need to throw back the dart of accusation, no need to throw the gloves off. Just be at that place where we're like, you know, I know I'm imperfect, I make mistakes. I'm trying to walk out my faith, I'm walking in integrity. I'm trying to live a Christ like life, I'm trying to love my neighbor as myself. And in this moment of conflict, I'm just going to be silent, and entrust the results to God. Not always, right, there are times when we speak up, graciously telling the truth, or least our perspective, but there are moments when we're just silent. And I would even suggest this, a great indicator of our spiritual maturity is in the moments of conflict, and how we respond. Because how many are thinking what I'm thinking? To be silent is going to require the power of God. Anybody? Like man, if God does miracles, he's going to have to do one in this relationship, or in that moment of conflict. Here's the thing, we easily overlook that for those of us, if we're willing, the holy spirit of God is present and willing and able and desiring to empower you and me to walk through conflict in a Christ like way. If we ask, God, help me through this, give me the wisdom in how to respond, give me the strength not to lash out. Jesus is my example, he was silent. Sometimes silence is the best, and most Christ like way, to act in conflicts. Not easy though, right? Not easy at all. Let's be more like Jesus in our conversation, in our moments of conflict. It's a big deal, makes a big difference.

Scott Rodgers: 29:49 And here's what I'm going to give us, and then we're going to wrap it up, is this. Let's be more like Jesus in our times with confusion. Everybody say confusion. Like have you ever been there, not knowIng what to do? Like the gentleman who was saying, Scott, we love our church, and all falls apart by the time we get home, what do I do? I mean, for those of us who you know, we're part of Cornerstone. We have scripture as our guide, we have prayer as a resource, we have friends close to us for counsel and input. But even that there are times when we're like, I just don't know my next step, I'm confused, I don't know what to do. Is it just three of us, or is it more than that? When we get into these spaces in life, I was there. I've shared nuances of the story, you know, over the few years with Cornerstone. But I was really a tough place in life,, and several years ago my family and I, we lived in Houston. And we're in Houston, I think my family and I were actually in Galveston that day. Hanging out at the beach, and going on the strand, and all these places, we had fun in Galveston. But I was so frustrated, I was so angry, I was bitter, I was unforgiving towards some folks, and I'm just ticked off. And I'm thinking I got to talk to somebody right now, so I call up my friend Leonard. Leonard lives in northern California, near where we now live. And I'm literally like, I call him up, I'm like, Leonard, this is Scott. He's like, hey Scott, what's going on? And that was like, the bad question. Because I just unloaded on him. I was like, Leonard, you know what? The bleep bleep and this and that, I'm so frustrated, and I'm angry, I'm just so mad. And whenever I would pause long enough for him to interject, I'd say blah, bla, blah, I'd pause. And leonard would say, hmm. And then I would go on again, and I'd pause, and Leonard would go, hmm. And then I get off on some new diatribe, and just unloading, and you know. I mean, I'm like, Leonard, I'm ready to pop tires, break windows, punch throats, man, whatever it takes. I'm so mad right now. And he'd be like, hmm. And Finally when he knew I had it all off my chest, I didn't say anything more, my pause was long enough. He said two things, he had like this Yoda moment. First he says, Scott, man, I'm so sorry, that must really suck to be in that spot. So he tries his moment of empathy, right? And then he says this, he asked me a question that literally changed how this thing played out. He says, Scott, have you decided who you're going to be in this season? And I was just like, what? I'd never heard that question before. Scott, have you decided who you're to be in this season? And my mind's reeling, I'm like, wwll, I know what I am right now, but who do I want to be? Ultimately, I want to be Christ like, I want to walk in a God honoring way. I want to be at peace with others, I want to live a life of integrity, I want to have the posture of humility, I want to be dependent on God, I want to walk through this and get to the other side. And it just that question was, have you decided who you want to be in this season? And it really gave me direction. You know, in our moments of confusion, our seasons in times of confusion. Just be honest, right, there are times we just don't know what to do. But in all of our confusion, we can know with absolute certainty who God's calling us to be in that moment. We may not know our next step, but we know he's calling us to be more like Jesus. In fact, I would suggest this, that there are times when the only next step that God's telling us to do, is to be more like Jesus, right in that situation. And in my experience, there have been times where God hasn't revealed to me tactically the next step, until I become more like Jesus right where I am.

Scott Rodgers: 34:15 What if your situation would never change until you changed? What if the path to a better tomorrow, was our becoming more like Jesus today? It's probably the greatest strategy, and the greatest step, of what to do in every situation. I'm just going to be more like Jesus, right where I am. In my marriage that's frustrating, falling apart, and my kids are going crazy. Or I'm in the unemployment line, and I don't know what to do. Or my business is really struggling, I don't know what to do. I mean, we're going to figure out some things to do, but we know with certainty the biggest thing to do is to be more like Jesus. Think about this Cornerstone. I'm going to pray for us. It's not only, you know, for us personally, but what did people see, what does the community see, when they look at Cornerstone? When folks are in the San Tan area, and they drive by the location in San Tan, they see the signs in the street you know, pointing to the gathering in the school. When they're in Scottsdale, driving by location in Scottsdale, and see the sign out there, maybe there's service times on there. They drive by here in Chandler, they drive by the building. Maybe they're driving by Chandler, late October, and there's police lights all over the place, and thousands of people walking around because it's harvest festival. And there's like a ferris wheel, and all this kind of stuff. They see all this stuff, it's cool, it's good. Maybe they're even driving down the 202, and see the big billboard promoting the men's legacy conference coming in February. Which is going to be awesome by the way, guys, make sure you're there, and Jay Feely's pictures on there. Which by the way, I've been speaking at Cornerstone for like eight years, I've never made it on the billboard on 202. Jay Feely was the kicker for the Cardinals, I won punt, pass and kick three years in a row as a kid, I should be on another of the billboards. What do they see our social media feed? I hope so, it's good stuff. But I think God's heart is that the community sees a whole bunch of people, thousands of people, in our neighborhoods, at school, in our businesses, at the grocery store, in the restaurant, at the ballgame, behind closed doors, acting a whole a whole lot like Jesus. That's where true influence comes from, and who we are, that's who God's calling us to be. And being more like Jesus gives you and I the opportunity to share our story of how good God is.

Scott Rodgers: 37:06 So here's the question, then we're going to pray. Who will I be in 2019? Say that with me, say, who will I be in 2019? Think about it for a moment. The normal question is, what do I do? I think the better question is who will I be, and I also suggest the best answer is, I'm going to be more like Jesus. I'm going to be more like Jesus, right where I am.

Scott Rodgers: 37:32 Let's pray, let's pray with all of our locations, let's pray. Father God, were grateful, Lord. We're grateful that you have this graciously shown us that the life you're calling us into isn't incredibly complicated, but it's very fruitful, because you're calling us to be more like Christ. Lord, give us the strength to do this, because none of this happens based on our own will, our own desire, our own intellect, it's being empowered by the Holy Spirit to live out this life. Paul told us, imitate him, as he imitates Christ. Jesus, you said that we're going to be like you, our teacher. And we also see in scripture that we're called to imitate you, our God, to follow in your steps. Help us to do this, help us to be more like Jesus in our conversations, in our conflicts, even in our times of confusion. Lord, we give you all the glory for what you do, as we chase after becoming more like Jesus, and we thank you for that. In Jesus' name, amen.

Recorded in Chandler, Arizona.
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