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Sunday, 16 September 2012


PODCAST LINK to CFRA broadcast - Sunday, September 9th, 2012:
Rev. Brian Wilkie

by Rev. Brian Wilkie       
Pastor of St. Andrew's United Church,                      
Rockland, Ontario

Broadcast Notes:
‘First World Problems

Today our theme is “First World Problems
Our Reading from the word of God is taken from the Gospel according to Matthew. It’s what I hope to be a familiar passage from the Sermon on the Mount:

Matthew 6:25-34  - (NIV)
Do Not Worry(A)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry(B) about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.(C) Are you not much more valuable than they?(D) 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?(E)
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor(F) was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?(G) 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.(H) 33 But seek first his kingdom(I) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.(J) 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

a.     Matthew 6:27 Or single cubit to your height

Cross references:
E.    Matthew 6:27 : Ps 39:5
F.     Matthew 6:29 : 1Ki 10:4-7
H.    Matthew 6:32 : ver 8
I.       Matthew 6:33 : S Mt 3:2

Introduction of Message:

I think everyone has worries. Each day has troubles of its own. We are told by Jesus not to worry, and yet most people suffer diverse anxieties. If we are Christians, we are learning to cast our cares on God, and trust him to sustain us.  Yet what are these things we care about? Are troubled by the things that trouble God? Or are we still troubled by matters that have little to do with his kingdom and his righteousness? Jesus addresses some very basic needs, when he says that we should not worry about food, clothing and shelter. Why then are we so often preoccupied by even lesser things than these?

In my summer reading I’ve had a chance to look at the challenges facing Christians in the developing world, and have noticed a model for life and prayer that could be very instructive for us in the “first world.”  So today I hope we can look at what God thinks of our “first world problems.”

Conclusion of Message:

What are "first world problems"?
·         Prom night
·         Career success
·         Material abundance
·         Diets and addictions
·         security

What are “third world Problems”?
·         Food, shelter, security

What are “Kingdom Problems”?
·         Salvation of the lost
·         Care for the weak
·         Grace to the needy

God’s heart for third world problems
·         Care of the widow and orphan, give all you have to the poor, blessed are the peace makers.

God’s grace for first world problems
·         It’s amazing how caring God is.

God’s call to Kingdom problems.
·         Seek first the kingdom of God
·         Don’t run after these things, in fact let go of these things when called to.
·         Petty problems distract us from the higher call?
·         “selling blood” to buy tools for evangelism.
·         Suffering beatings and threats to share the gospel
·         “You have not resisted to the point of losing blood”
·         It’s incredibly unlikely that we will suffer what others have suffered, and what others are now suffering in other parts of the world.

God is worthy of our sacrificial service, and he is trustworthy to make us fruitful in his service. He has shown us that He can be trusted with the needs of today ... and He wants to trust us with the needs of His Kingdom. Kingdom problems can be our focus, and our aim, and the hope that we have in God can turn us from trivia to truth.


Would you pray with me? 

Loving God, Increase our faith. Didn't you lovingly addressed the disciples as "ye of little faith", who worry about little things? Lord, we admit that we often don't have a lot of faith; but we pray that you would increase us in faith, and that you would lead us and show us how we can take part in greater things: in eternal things, as we become a blessing to the world around us.

We ask all this in the name of  Jesus Christ, who gave up everything, for our sakes, when he died on the cross for us. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.

May you know Jesus Christ personally and profoundly. May the Holy Spirit reside deep within your heart. And may the heavenly Father surround you with his constant and abiding and accompanying love.

Rev. Brian Wilkie
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