January 15th Sermon Preview

Author Malcolm Gladwell has written motivational bestsellers for some time, but perhaps his best one is a book entitled “Outliers.”

According to the dictionary, an "outlier" is something or someone that is "classed differently."It is something that lies outside of normal experience. “Outliers” are those who excel above others.

And, in his book, Gladwell explores the question of what makes someone an outlier in life, or more to the point, "Why do some people succeed far more than others?"  The usual story focuses on intelligence and ambition.  But Gladwell argues that the true story of success is often different.

For example, he talks about the 10,000 hour rule, which is how people who have succeeded have logged in 10,000 hours on the front end to sharpen and hone their area of success. For example, there is…

• Bill Gates who spent 10,000 hours in his high school computer club room.

• He then looked at the same principle with hockey players, chess players, ...

According to Gladwell, the magic number for expertise, over and over again, seemed to be 10,000 hours. 10,000 hours of practice is what it takes to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world classexpert in anything.

Well, the Bible has a number, too. Only it isn’t a number for expertise, or for mastering a skill. It’s the number for life-change. And it isn’t 10,000. It’s the number 40.

This Sunday as we conclude our series on Living 2017 to the 40th Power. We will be examining a time when our Lord Himself experienced 40 days of challenge and testing as God prepared Him for greater things. And we will discover that the approach He took to achieve victory must be our approach as well.

I pray you will be with us!