To Serve Mankind
By Jeff Little
I follow Jesus. I take His commands as commands and make disciples, baptize and teach them to obey everything (else) He's commanded. Here, I serve up awareness and encouragement, inspiration and equipping so you can follow Jesus and prove yourself a true disciple.
John 1:48 - #18 How Do You Know Me?
Asking Jesus, "how do You know me" is kind of like asking the sun, "how are you so hot?" Nevertheless, Nathanael asks this question and we process together in this message that brings clarity to just how well Jesus knows each and every one of us - and how we are meant to engage because of it.
October 3, 2021
John 1:47 - #17 Here Comes [Your Name Here]
Philip answers Nathanael's good question about Messiah with the words, "come and see" and immediately we read about Nathanael being on his way... to see Jesus!
September 26, 2021
For The Thing Came About Suddenly
Hezekiah had an uphill battle to fight, against shadows of past leadership, family, culture... thankfully, God's plans for his life to be spared and for him to become a good king came to pass. Be encouraged and begin expecting God to show up and provide for you suddenly as you live for Him.
September 24, 2021
John 1:45-46 - #16 Come and See
Conversationally, immediately following a sermon titled "come and see," we focus our attention on how to actually get out there and make disciples, following Philip's humble example of using three little words... "Come and see." If Christians aren't knowledgeable or comfortable with the beginning steps and impetus towards making disciples, we tend to simply not do it - which means the Great Commission is forever ignored, and we must reverse this dire trend among the Church. Find out how.
September 19, 2021
John 1:44-45 - #15 Following to Find
Today, Karla Luther moderates the conversation that accompanied the message, Following Him, as we discover the steps of following Jesus... applying His example directly and immediately to our own Christian experience as true disciples who follow Jesus.
September 12, 2021
Lift Up Your Eyes and Look
Did Jesus just tell me to wake up? Is He calling me intentionally blind? Surely, Jesus compassionately draws the attention of every true disciple to the reality that there are so many all around each of us ready to enter into new life in Him, if we will only see them as they are, in truth, with love, and offer them entrance. May we all, as followers of Jesus, embrace the truth and then obediently carry out His instructions.
September 10, 2021
John 1:43 - #14 Follow me
Different than the message the preceded this, notice the lowercase m on "me," which indicates someone besides God is talking. :) today's Little Bible Conversation takes us deeper into the call of believers to follow the leader that Jesus established as under-shepherds in His ministry. We talk straight about disappointment and letdown from human leaders, pride that prompts offense, spiritual maturity/immaturity and how the phrase "spiritual abuse" can be thrown around inappropriately without proper discernment of The Lord and His ways. All in all, a powerful, practical LAB exercise.
September 5, 2021
Back In The High Life... Again
Unfortunately, there are things that raise themselves up (or we raise up) above God's rightful place - in our minds - that do not belong there and must be removed. We have each been gifted by God, equipped, strengthened and sent to tear them down, but we find ourselves back in the high life... again, worshipping at those same high places, instead of putting Jesus in that top spot. It's time to break that pattern... break down the high places... and never return to living below our dignity as those entrusted by God to cause godliness to reign in our lives.
August 31, 2021
John 1:40-42 - #13 What's In a Name?
What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet... We discuss personal names and corporate names we should become aware of in today's Little Bible Conversation.
August 29, 2021
John 1:35-39 - #12 So, Where're You Going?
In today's Little Bible Conversation, we discuss, fairly precisely, how to "go make disciples." We also look into submission to authority and unity and how they can and should work together for the best outcomes. We take time out to pray for a disciple-maker who needs a boost of truth and life and encouragement and instruction from her spiritual family... and we're all the better for it.
August 22, 2021
John 1:29-34 - #10 What Does The Spirit Reveal?
Often neglected in contemporary evangelical churches, doctrines, ministries and teachings, The Holy Spirit has many benefits available to every faith-filled believer willing to receive, so today's Little Bible Conversation asks, "What Does The Spirit Reveal?"
August 8, 2021
What Is My Life Worth?
"The Preacher" dispenses timeless wisdom "all is vanity and grasping for the wind," and shares deeply encouraging nuggets like, "I hated life," which leaves many wondering, "what is my life worth" then? Is my life worthless? Vain? What do we make of Scripture we know to be true, inspired by God, profitable to us for living godly lives? We serve up the answer in "What Is My Life Worth?" 7 BFAM Secrets #1 PRAY for direction and power #2 HEAL with the gospel and miracles #3 FIND persons of peace #4 DISCOVER God through His Word #5 PLANT reproducing churches #6 GROW by walking with God #7 MULTIPLY disciples and churches
August 4, 2021
John 1:21-28 - #9 Whatcha Gonna Do About It?
We all have a picture of ourselves that is likely somewhat complimentary. Regardless of whether we paint ourselves in a more or less flattering way, we can all start asking ourselves the question, "What Do You Say About Yourself?" and weigh that against what God has said about us - either in comprehensive or specific ways... about your righteousness consciousness or your personal ministry assignment... which leads us to the question, "Whatcha Gonna Do About It?"
August 1, 2021
John 1:18-20 - #8 What's Your Confession?
Having read and discussed John 1:18-20 where John the Baptist is... let's say 'approached' and not 'accused,' he responds not with a denial but a confession, reframing the conversation. He confessed strongly and in humility and truth - and kept on with his mission from God. The question we ask in this Little Bible Conversation as we seek to apply the Word to our lives is, "What's Your Confession?" and "What will you do based on your confession?" Let's process together.
July 25, 2021
John 1:15-18 - #7 Today's Glory
The glory that Moses experienced in the tabernacle, the glory that Jesus experienced on the Mount of Transfiguration, and the glory we experience today... What are we looking for? What are we open to? What will we welcome and receive?
July 18, 2021
John 1:14 - #6 So, this GLORY...
Beholding Jesus, walking just like we all do on this earth, encumbered and tempted in all the same worldly draws and snares, but He without sinning, is truly remarkable. Jesus - full of grace and truth is absolutely glorious and is the subject of today's Little Bible Conversation.
July 11, 2021
John 1:12-13 - #5 I Got a RIGHT to Get Right
Using the highly charged political vernacular of our time, we look at a "right" God gives to His people, which is very meta in verbiage... the right to get right.
July 4, 2021
John 1:6-11 - #4 John Rejects Rejecting
John the Baptist made his whole life about preparing the way for The Messiah - and preparing people to encounter, meet, follow and KNOW The Messiah. His singular commitment is one to be lauded. We take a close look at this man who did not reject but accepted and welcomed The Messiah with everything he was.
June 27, 2021
John 1:6-9 - #3 "Crazy John" Who?
In this Little Bible Conversation, we dive deeper into what living your calling looks like, as did John the Baptist.
June 20, 2021
John 1:3-5 - #2 Made to Be Loved... More
Following up from the message, "Made to Be Loved," we answer questions of devotion, ability, opportunity, and more. Dig deeper into these messages with these Little Bible Conversations each week.
June 13, 2021
John 1:1-3 - #1 About to Take It From The Top
In this first Little Bible Conversation, following the kickoff to our church's Verse By Verse teaching in the book of John, Pastor Jeff Little and Ally Jefferson discuss John 1:1-3 and the message, Take It From the Top.
June 6, 2021