40. thank u, next

Reading Plan

If you’re looking to dive deeper into what the Bible says about this topic, here’s a suggested Reading Plan, one passage per day for a whole week, based on the sermon:

  1. MONDAY: Matthew 3
  2. TUESDAY: Luke 3:1-23a
  3. WEDNESDAY: Mark 1:1-13
  4. THURSDAY: John 1:19-34; 3:30
  5. FRIDAY: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
  6. SATURDAY: Isaiah 55
  7. SUNDAY: Acts 17:16-34

eGroup Discussion Questions – Great for personal reflection/journaling, too!

Sermon Notes: “thank u, next” ⤵️

Preacher: Tim Somers
Passage: Matthew 3:13-17
Title: thank u, next
Date: February 23, 2020

Sermon Notes are taken during the 9:30 Experience at the Columbia Campus.

A. Next

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.
Matthew 3:13, NIV

  • God is always on the move.

But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
Matthew 3:14, NIV

  • Pastor Tim tells a story about his son Genesis who wants cake before dinner. When him and his wife say no, his son gives them “side eyes.”
  • How many of us do that to God when he says, “No?”
  • We think we know what’s best for ourselves and our lives.
  • The New King James Version says John “tried to prevent” Jesus.
  • We think we know what’s coming up next
    • “I’m a planner”
    • “I’m a visionary”
  • I don’t know what you’re going through, but I know that God is on the move.
    • John didn’t know Jesus was on his way to the Jordan to be baptized.
    • God is working on your behalf even if you don’t know it.

B. Now

15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

  • We have minor control over what’s next.
  • Instead of “Let it be so,” The Message translation says, “Do it” now.
  • Jesus is saying, “I know what happens next,” so you focus on what you’re doing now.
  • Why was Jesus baptized? — He is fulfilling the role of submitting to God’s will.
    • “In order to do next, I need to get baptized now.”

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.

  • Do you think John knew the heavens were going to open up?
  • Obviously not, he tried to prevent the miracle!
  • Where have we found ourselves preventing God’s miracle in our lives?
    • “This isn’t going according to plan.”
  • God will never give you “next
    • Because as soon as God gives you “next” it becomes “now
    • Pastor Tim had a clock up on stage and he used this as an illustration to show us that we can never have “next,” because as soon as we have it, it’s “now.”
  • Next is important, but it’s not the priority, otherwise it becomes prevention.
    • One of our church values: “We will not take this for granted.”


  • Our job is “Thank you
  • His job is “Next
  • The revelation of Next only comes with he responsibility of Now.
    • We try to move Now to the side but it’s all that God has ever given us
    • All we have is Now but we focus on what’s Next
  • Show me your Now, I’ll show you your Next
    • Who you are now is who you’re becoming
  • Everyone has breath, everyone has time
    • Those moments are going quicker than you think
  • Pastor Tim shares a story about parents who want him to convince them that sending their kid to YTHX is worth it.
    • Teens aren’t the hard ones to get excited about church stuff… it’s the parents
    • We don’t understand the ROI (return on investment) on the church
    • 100% guarantee God will show up and do something through your investment

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