The Extra Mile
Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables has recently been made into a movie, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and others. This story contains a beautiful picture of the difference between law and grace. One leads inevitably to death, the other to abundant life.In the book of Galatians, Paul highlighted the difference between living by law or grace. There were people in the church of Galatia who were falling back into a life under law, literally “falling from grace”. He wanted to remind them of the importance of staying in grace, under the gospel that he had proclaimed to them. He compared the two ways of life allegorically as either being a child of Hagar, a slave under the law, or the child of Sarah, a heir under grace. The Les Mis story highlights a similar idea.
This pack includes a Sermon Outline with PowerPoints and a four-part Small Group Study that can be used in corps to further discuss the biblical themes in Les Misérables while the movie is still fresh in people's minds.
- See more at: http://www.sarmy.org.au/en/Resources/Sermons/Les-Miserables/?id=19934_143505&idkeep=True&epslanguage=en#sthash.pzgpFqix.dpuf
The Kingdom of God expands through the active service of volunteers. Volunteering allows us an opportunity to serve God and live out what Jesus taught. Jesus taught, “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles” (Matt 5:41)
Jesus values volunteers:
- Mark 10: 43-45 “… whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant…For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve”.
- Matthew 23:11-2 “The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
- Mark 9:35 “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
The following resources include a Word Docx and PDF with Sermon Outline and Scripture. Also supplied is the image as a JPG file.