Pursuing OneThing: Gaze


Pursuing OneThing: Gaze

Passages:Psalm 27:4, Matthew 6:19-24, John 17:24

Sermon Synopsis

What are you desiring most this year? Does anyone want more of God!? When holiday meals become thrown away leftovers and New Year’s habits fizzle into last year’s patterns, what are our souls left hungering for?


Setting our eyes on exemplary examples brings inspiration and permission to pursue. As we take the next 7 weeks to look at one verse, we are going to see the core of an exemplary man, “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Sam 13:14).


King David’s life is a picture of pursuit. In prosperity or in promotion, in pain or in persecution, David’s life was marked by a single pursuit of intimately loving God (Ps 101:1-4) and walking as a lover of people through meekness (Ps 18:35). Our hearts are going to burn as we dissect the core burning of his heart in Psalm 27:4.

Let’s pursue OneThing. Let’s pursue our Coming King, Jesus.

Psalm 27:4

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.

Matthew 6:19-24

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

John 17:24

24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.