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All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Suffering Triumphantly Until I Died

To know Christ, we must share in his sufferings.
This sermon is part of the sermon series "Harmony and Humility in the Church". See series.


In All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Robert L. Fulghum writes:

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sand pile at Sunday school. These are the things I learned:
Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash you hands before you eat.
Flush …
… When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.

I'm sure all those things are good to know, and they do cover a large part of life. But for those of us who are Christians, lessons from kindergarten don't cover all we need to know. In fact, they don't teach us the most important thing we need to know.

I have a friend in Dallas named Bill Lawrence. Bill is one of the godliest men I know. All during his life, Bill has let the Lord change him from a brash, insecure, sometimes-obnoxious young man into a spiritual leader who trains other church leaders all over the world. Bill has grown more spiritually during his life than any other person I know. But one night a few years ago Bill said something that has stayed with me. Commenting on his spiritual life, he said, "I don't really know the Lord like I want to." My first thought was, "Bill, if you don't know the Lord, none of us do!" But as I've thought about it since then, it's become clear to me that knowing christ—becoming so close to him that he's a constant presence in our lives—is the most important thing for us to do. Little by little our Christian lives are ...

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Donald R. Sunukjian is professor of homiletics and chair of the Christian Ministry and Leadership Department at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California.

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I. Share in Christ's sufferings.

II. Be conformed in his death.