When Jesus teaches the prayer class – sermon outline

Series: First Priority ~ prayer

Title: When Jesus teaches the prayer course
Matt 6:9-13


Two guiding principles:

– Private before public – v. 5-6
– Conversation over presentation – v. 7-8

– Jesus teaches us how to approach God in our prayers – v. 9a

– “Our” stresses community.
– “Father stresses relationship.
– “Heaven” stresses authority.

– Jesus teaches us where to prioritize our prayers – v. 9b-10

– “Hallowed be Thy name” commits to His holiness.
– “Thy kingdom come” commits to participate.
– “Thy will be done” commits to obey Him.

– Jesus teaches us where to trust Him in our prayers – v. 11-13a

– “Daily bread” praying trusts for physical provisions.
– “Forgiveness of debts” trusts His cleansing of sin.
– “Deliverance from evil” trusts God’s power over temptation.

– Jesus teaches us focus our hearts in our prayers – v. 13b

– “Yours is the kingdom” says yes to His rule.
– “Yours is the … power says yes to His sufficiency.
– “Yours is the … glory says yes to his presence.


My position on race, police and life.

I posted on Facebook a couple of days ago about the shooting of a Black man in Tulsa by a White officer. The video of the situation looked bad. Even after discussion and reflection, while I have a greater understanding of what Police Officers walk into and up on every day, I still think “that” situation in Tulsa at the very least does not look good. It’s sad all the way around.

I’m waking today thinking of mistakes we make in trying to interpret race, police and life.

The most glaring mistake we all make right now is this: we make it about taking sides. 

Just because I comment on one situation where I question the Police handling of a situation, that doesn’t mean I am anti Police. Or support the Black Lives Matter Movement.

And just because I don’t support the Black Lives Matter Movement doesn’t mean I don’t believe in justice. I do believe in justice.


I greatly value the Police, of course. Are there issues? Of course there are issues. Just like the military there are some who don’t handle situations correctly. And they have their own justice system inside, and sometimes not.

I greatly value the issue Blacks face here in the US. Is there history? Yes of course. Are all White people racist? No. Of course not. Are all Black people anti White? No. Of course not. Are Blacks disenfranchised? In some ways yes. Of course. Is there White Privilege? Of course! And the stakes are higher for Black people. Why?

  • They are 10-12% of the population.
  • They have baggage from the 1800s slavery and Civil Rights Movement.
  • Their areas in the inner cities are dangerous and violent.

Blacks don’t need hand outs. They need a hand up at times. And I think that is what most are saying.

We often define a person’s position by what video he/she “likes” or “comments” on. We wage position wars by video. I’ve done it. I’m not saying it’s all wrong. It’s the way we communicate now. But we need to be careful not to define someone by what the culture shoves us into. The world segments. I don’t segment. I think it’s a mistake. And I’ve lost friends who think I have to fall into a “category.” Or I didn’t fit into theirs because of one statement or comment. Or they don’t fit mine.

We must not define each other by one incident. I look for patterns in a person’s life. If there are patterns, then I can make a pretty good decision.

I wonder how we would have responded if the officer in Tulsa had been Black? Someone would say, “well, it would have been like Charlotte.” We don’t know that actually. Tulsa is Tulsa. Charlotte is Charlotte. Would White culture look at it different? If the officer in Tulsa was Black, would the Black community look at the Tulsa situation different? We don’t know. Whites are sometime in a hard place. They are the majority. It’s all their fault is the claim, but that is not true.

The situation is complex. Being a person who cares for all cultures I’m empathetic to Blacks and Police. We ask the Police to police our streets and cities, yet everywhere can be a war zone these days. I could never be an officer. It’s asking too much. They have to play to rules. In the Army, the rules were different. I’m very thankful for our Police officers. It’s the best system in the world that has the population the US has.

The situation is complex. Yet let’s keep having the courage to risk safety in conversations. It’s a path forward. Whites, Blacks don’t understand each other because they don’t talk these issues with civility. We talk at the worst of times. And our politicians chose politics of governing rather than healing the wound of a nation.

I’m not judging anyone based on what side they are on. That is a mistake. Let’s unify where possible and move forward.

What do you think about what I am saying? 

RIP – Bobby Romero

bobby-romeroBobby Romero. 

My friend died today. Too young. Too fast. Unexpected. It’s pretty sobering to think of it. What impact did Bobby have on my life? I want to get it out now because Bobby deserves it. Some of this he knew. Some he may not have known.

First, Bobby kindled my desire for disciple making. He saw on Facebook that I was reading Simple Church. He took the initiative to get coffee with me and pick my brain, and me his. I was awesome.

Second, Bobby taught me that it’s ok to ask the questions no one else will ask. He asked the most aggravating yet deep questions that moved Bible study and conversation forward. Bobby would say things that boarded to much, but just far enough.

Third, Bobby was a good Bible teacher. We just taught a men’s bible study in James together at Starbucks last Spring. He helped me prepare a preaching series in James for FBC Ruidoso.

Bobby laughed. We had a special relationship where we could pick on each other and not get upset.

Bobby valued my leadership and opinion. 

Bobby served a tough ministry field – a race track. And he loved those people like a pastor should. I was so proud of him to enduring hardship in the ministry.

Bobby introduced me to Jon Burton. He helped me capture a fresh vision and passion for one-on-one disciple making.

Thanks for the love Bobby. You impacted my life, FBC Ruidoso, and our community for Jesus Christ. I’m sad Bobby is gone. I’m glad Bobby knew Jesus as his savior.

And if you don’t know Jesus, Bobby would want you to accept Jesus Christ as your savior.