Dean Inserra, pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Florida, delivered the first message of Focus Week 2020 during a Monday chapel service held Feb. 10 in OBU’s Raley Chapel. Inserra will also deliver the Focus Week message Feb. 12. The final message of Focus Week will be delivered by Dr. David Gambo, assistant professor of Christian Ministry, Friday, Feb. 14, during the morning chapel hour.
Focus Week is an annual week on the OBU campus emphasizing discipleship and encouraging students to focus on their lives in Christ.
During the service, Inserra taught from 1 Corinthians, chapters two and three. He emphasized 1 Corinthians 3:1, “For my part brothers and sisters I was not able to speak to you as spiritual people but as people of the flesh, as babies in Christ. I gave you milk to drink instead of solid foods, because you were not yet ready for it.” He talked about the worldly nature of humans and how even Christians succumb to focusing on the world instead of focusing on Christ.
Inserra argued that we are introduced to three different types of people in the scripture. He used an illustration of three chairs sitting side by side to demonstrate his point. The first type of person, sitting in the first chair, is the unbeliever, who does not understand the things of God. The second type of person, sitting in chair two, is the spiritual person, who believes in and follows the commandments of Christ. The third type of person, sitting in chair three, is the fleshly believer, who believes like a spiritual person but lives like an unbeliever.
The main point of his message was that the fleshly believer is too focused on the temporary things of the world. He noted that the fleshly believer knows what is right but has fallen into the ways of the world. At the end of the message, he encouraged the audience members to examine their own lives, know which chair they are sitting in, and identify where they are in their relationship with Christ.
Inserra is the founding and lead pastor of City Church in Tallahassee. He is a graduate of Liberty University and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned a master’s degree in theological studies from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is pursuing a D.Min. from Southern Seminary. He is an advisory member of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s Leadership Council with the Southern Baptist Convention and is also a member of Baptist 21. He and his wife Krissie have three children: two sons, Tommy and Ty, and a daughter, Sally Ashlyn.
View the message.