Justin Hiebert

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A reading of 1 Corinthians 13

Posted on 23 Jun 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A reading of 1 Corinthians 13

An excerpt from my sermon, a reading of 1 Corinthians 13 in the life of the modern church:


If I decorate the gym, serve snacks, or lead small children around, but do so without love, I am really nothing more than garbage heap, something of little worth.

If I sing songs and dance ecstatically, but do so without love, I am nothing but nails on a chalkboard.

If I cook food, serve others, or share a meal with someone, but do so with an unloving Spirit, I am nothing but rotten spiritual food.

If I mow lawns, paint houses, or clean up trash, but don’t carry love with me, I am a religious hypocrite and a Pharisee of Pharisees. Old_Couple_Snow

If I attend ministry events faithfully, but do so more to be seen than to love, I am nothing more than old gym clothes stinking up the beautiful aroma of Christ.

For us, Love isn’t proud, boastful, arrogant, or self-centered. It is emptying and sacrificial. Love, true love compels me to do more than to just show up, but to serve. Because of love, I consider others better than myself. Love is joyous and exuberant delight in the presence of others. Love sees the best in people and wishes them wholeness in Christ. Love is kind, compassionate care for those around me. And I will commit to remember this week that without love, I am nothing more than garbage, nails on a chalkboard, rotten food, or dirty gym clothes; and by the grace of God I refuse to be any of those things because I choose love. I choose to live in and demonstrate the same sort of love to others that Christ has first given to and shown to me. I will not be arrogant or conceited, Pharisaical or hypocritical, judgmental or stubborn; no instead I will love extravagantly and exuberantly, joyously and happily, serving others with compassion and tenderness with the name of Jesus.

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Justin Hiebert

Leadership Catalyst - Entrepreneur - Coach at JSHiebert Leadership Coaching
I am a Business and Life Coach in both non-profit and for profit settings. I coach leaders, executives, and pastors in areas of vision, clarity, and values. In relationship coaching I focus on healthy and sustainable relationships, and in leadership development roles I catalyze change for individuals and groups to thrive. I also consult churches and organizations on how to train new leaders and create a healthy culture. In addition to that, I am an Anabaptist pastor in the Denver metro area. I specialize on topics that include: missional theology, discipleship, culture and the church in today’s society. I am married to my wonderful wife Elise and we have three kids. I grew up and now work in the United States Mennonite Brethren Church (USMB) and love the people and history of the Mennonite Brethren faith. I am a graduate of Tabor College with a dual degree in Youth Ministry and Christian Leadership, a graduate of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary with a Masters of Divinity, and a Doctoral Student and Bethel Seminary. I also teach college classes in areas of Bible, Communication, and Business.

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