This sermon is part of the sermon series "Life Force". See series.
Steve Jobs has been in the news this week after announcing that he was stepping down as the CEO of Apple. When Jobs announced the original iPhone as little more than a combination of "three revolutionary projects"—a cell phone, an iPod, and a handheld computer with internet connectivity—even he didn't know what had been unleashed.
Once Apple introduced the App Store and opened it up to outside developers, the iPhone became capable of performing almost any task. That's what an app is; it's software broken up into all kinds of little pieces, or individual applications, like iTunes, which took albums or discs and made each song an individual download.
There are now more than 425,000 applications on the apple.com app store. So now you can say, "There's an app for that," for almost anything in life. And that's what we're going to explore today.
We've been in a series called Life Force, looking at how our lives can have the impact and significance they were meant to have. We began by learning, from the teaching of Jesus, that the key to Life Force is serving, giving our lives away. Then we learned that those who follow Christ have been given at least one spiritual gift to be used in and through their lives for service. It might be leadership, helps, administration, or giving. It could be in the arts or in teaching. Whatever it is, it's a supernatural capacity to develop a particular ability for kingdom-impact through the church.
Today we're going to explore a simple idea: you're one of God's apps. Let's look at what Jesus had to say about this. And he did it through a miracle, and it's the only miracle recorded in each of the four Gospels. It's a miracle we're not supposed to miss.
This is what happened:
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James Emery White is founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a consulting editor to Leadership Journal. He is author of Serious Times and A Search for the Spiritual, and blogs at churchandculture.org.