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Influencers: How Ordinary People Can Make an Extraordinary Impact

Influencers: How Ordinary People Can Make an Extraordinary Impact

Big Idea

Influencers are all over social media these days – when we see a person we admire sharing their favorite products, we find ourselves embracing their interests, their hopes and sometimes their lifestyles. In fact, a variety of studies have shown that about 75% of today’s teens want to be a YouTuber more than any other profession.

This isn’t really a new idea, though. Jesus called us to use our influence to be his ambassadors, to be his light in a dark world, no matter what platform we use. Jesus understood that people are watching us and can be inspired by us to change the world.

Series Breakdown

January 8, 2023: Not “Likes”, but love

Instead of using our influence to get “likes” for ourselves, let’s follow Jesus who laid down his life for us. Let’s love not just with words but with actions and truth.

 Sermon Text: 1 John 3:16-18

Preacher: Pastor Bill Limmer

January 15, 2023: Not first, but last

Instead of working so hard to be the greatest, Jesus calls us to work hard at being last and the servant of all. He showed his disciples how to serve by taking on the role of a servant and washing their feet.

Sermon Text: John 13: 1-17

Preacher: Pastor Ben Sadler

January 22, 2023: Not outward appearance, but inward peace

Jesus taught us to not just do good things to be seen by people. Instead we are to love God and love others even when no one is looking because our love comes from a deep belief in the reality of God and his love for us.

Sermon Text: Matthew 6: 1-8

Preacher:Pastor Bill Limmer

January 29, 2023: Not filters, but transparency

Often influencers are tempted to filter their life to their audience, giving the impression that they are better people than they actually are. Paul, on the other hand, was honest about his brokenness and sinfulness. He wanted to be transparent about his sinfulness so that his followers could see the extent of God’s grace for sinners.

Sermon Text: 1 Timothy: 12-17

Preacher: Pastor Ben Sadler

February 5, 2023: Not getters, but givers

Instead of using our influence just to gain from others, let us trust that God will provide richly so that we can be generous on every occasion. In this way, we store up treasures in heaven and take hold of life that is truly life.

Sermon Text: Timothy 6:2-10;17-19

Preacher: Pastor Bill Limmer

February 12, 2023: Not “selfies”, but self-forgetfulness

Instead of making a name for himself, John the Baptist wanted to glorify God and make people followers of Jesus. He believed that Jesus and His name must increase, and John’s name decrease.

Sermon Text: John 3: 22-36

Preacher: Pastor Ben Sadler

Not Filters, But Transparency

Often influencers are tempted to filter their life to their audience, giving the impression that they are better people than they actually are. Paul, on the other hand, was honest about his brokenness and sinfulness. He wanted to be transparent about his sinfulness so that his followers could see the extent of God’s grace for sinners. Sermon Text: 1 Timothy: 12-17 Preacher: Pastor Ben Sadler

Not Outward Appearance, But Inward Peace

Jesus taught us to not just do good things to be seen by people. Instead we are to love God and love others even when no one is looking because our love comes from a deep belief in the reality of God and his love for us. Sermon Text: Matthew 6: 1-8 Preacher: Pastor Bill Limmer

Not First, But Last

Instead of working so hard to be the greatest, Jesus calls us to work hard at being last and the servant of all. He showed his disciples how to serve by taking on the role of a servant and washing their feet. Sermon Text: John 13: 1-17 Preacher: Pastor Ben Sadler

Not “likes”, but Love

Instead of using our influence to get “likes” for ourselves, let’s follow Jesus who laid down his life for us. Let’s love not just with words but with actions and truth. Sermon Text: 1 John 3:16-18 Preacher: Pastor Bill Limmer