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This Sunday at Mayfair | August 27th 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, we learned from the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.

One of the hallmarks of a great story is the way it treats stereotypes. Many stories employ stereotypes, but the greatest stories use them to teach us, and the parables of Jesus do just that.

In Luke 18:9-14, Jesus gives us a parable based on two stereotypes: a Pharisee and a tax collector. In our time, we’ve re-stereotyped Pharisees as hypocritical and elitist, but if we want to get the full effect of Jesus’s parable, we need to remember that the Pharisee’s were the “good guys.”

The people hearing the parable, started out thinking “I want to be like the Pharisee, not the tax collector.” But if we immediately stereotype the Pharisee and come away saying “I want to be like the tax collector, not the Pharisee,” we may have missed the point.

Too often, we come away from this parable praying in our hearts, “God, I thank you that I am not like this Pharisee.” We’re focused on stereotypes (i.e. ourselves) when we pray.

Instead, of focusing on ourselves, let’s focus on our God. And when you kneel before the Almighty, Holy God in prayer, focused on Him, you’ll find it easy to pray like the tax collector did.

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This Sunday at Mayfair | July 23rd 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, we loosened our grip on the “how” and focused more on the “who.”

We continued our study of Jesus’s parables this week. The farther we get into this study, the more Jesus’s storytelling pulls us in.

Luke 11:1-13 contains an often overlooked parable. The disciples come to Jesus and ask Him to teach them how to pray. The example prayer He gives is less about a ritual practice and more about trusting in God. Every line of the prayer is a reminder that God is in control.

In case the disciples (or we) still don’t get it, Jesus follows it up with a short parable starting in verse 5. The parable is essentially one big question: don’t you realize that God is big enough, wise enough, and good enough to care for us?

You want to know how to pray? Start focusing on who your praying to. Don’t get hung up on the words; get caught up in your Father.

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This Sunday at Mayfair | July 16th 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, Jesus humbled our view of our rights and privileges.

Jesus has a way of revealing people to themselves. He knows our hearts better than we do, but he also knows how to help us understand as well. He does it often in His parables, and especially in the parable of the unforgiving servant.

In our culture, it’s easy to detach from others. We come; we go; we get what’s ours and we get out. Mind your own business, make sure you get what’s owed to you, and you’ll do fine.

But if we’re putting ourselves above channeling the love and forgiveness that God gave us into the others in our lives, then we’re undermining the message of the Gospel.

Maybe we’re well within our rights to hold a grudge. Maybe the brother or sister in the pew next to us hasn’t done a single thing to earn an ounce of self-sacrifice from us.

But if we insist on standing on our own rights then God will stand on His.

God made the ultimate sacrifice for you. Now what will you do for others?

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