#Catalyst :: Judah Smith

Judah Smith

Judah Smith is the Lead Pastor of The City Church in Seattle, Washington. The City Church is a thriving multi-site church noted for its cultural relevance, commitment to biblical integrity and faith, and love for Jesus. Weekly attendance is over six thousand, and many thousands listen in each week via online video and audio broadcast at thecity.org.

Don’t Check Out

  • A picture is worth a thousand words.
  • I want to look at Scripture tonight where in unlikely circumstances, men and women were known by God.
  • Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laiden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28
  • Our Lord says, “Come to me.” Think on those words.
  • One of my favorite things about coming home to my family is seeing my kids.
  • Watching kids run to a parent who has returned from a trip is such a great moment.
  • I’m trying my best to not take it for granted.
  • One of the parts of Jesus’ life in Scripture when he gets the most upset is when the disciples are shooing away the children.
  • Jesus said, let the children come to me. Unless you become like one of these children, you will never understand my kingdom.
  • One of the keys to being known by God is that we would come to him in the simplicity of a child.
  • Jesus never promoted a childish life, but he promoted a child-like faith.
  • Can we recapture that simplicity of just loving Jesus?
  • My favorite kind of old people are those who have just been loving Jesus for a long time.
  • I don’t want to be reliving the glory days. I want to be an old person that believes that the best days are ahead of me.
  • Luke 15 – The Prodigal Son
  • Sons aren’t sons by worth, they are sons by birth. We are sons of God by birth. We are his.
  • One of the great hindrances of coming to God like a child is shame.
  • We think it becomes incredibly complicated to come to God when you start to consider the things we do in secret.
  • Everybody wants to come to Jesus until you screw up royally.
  • God’s ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. But whatever you do, just dance.
  • Sometimes we don’t like how people can just come to Jesus.
  • What was the prodigal son dancing about? Not his performance.
  • The only reason the prodigal son could still dance was because dad still loved him.
  • The greatest challenge of coming to Jesus is dancing, when the only thing you can dance about is that Jesus still loves you.
  • Now let’s talk about Peter.
  • Peter was the first human ever to walk on water. Then he took his eyes of Jesus and began to sink.
  • Then Jesus saved him. And Jesus said, “Why did you doubt?”
  • Then they worshiped Jesus.
  • Nobody cared about Peter when they got back in the boat.
  • The disciples are so overwhelmed at Jesus.
  • I want to come to Jesus when I’m dry and I got my stuff in order.
  • I don’t want to come to Jesus when my stuff is screwed up.
  • We are still not really good at letting screwed up people come to Jesus.
  • We don’t like people dancing, hours after they’ve screwed up.
  • Sometimes being known by God means you have to dance and worship after you’ve messed up.
  • Jesus says, “You’re mine. You’re forgiven. I love you. I’m with you.”
  • Peter later in John 21 has denied Jesus. 
  • Peter is in a sad state.
  • If you’ve never felt like going fishing, you haven’t been leading very well.
  • After Peter denied Jesus, he checked out and went back to the one thing he knew, fishing.
  • Have you ever in your most critical time in leadership and your church, you just wanted to escape and get out?
  • When we check out, many times we take many people with us.
  • Has checking out ever worked for anybody? No!
  • We can’t afford anymore pastors and leaders to check out.
  • In the disciples’ moments of weakness, Jesus had
  • God doesn’t need what we bring to him, but he wants it.
  • God’s wants for you is not dictated by your performance.
  • Are you ashamed like the prodigal son? Have you tried to check out? God will come for you every single time.
  • We are all in this together, so Jesus says, “Come to me.” He has already come to you. Now you just reciprocate.
  • Let’s return to that reliance on Jesus.

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