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Sunday Extra: Triumphal Humility

What does entering into Jesus' triumph truly mean?

As a kid, did your church or Sunday School department have a Palm Sunday parade?

Palm Sunday is the celebratory launch of Holy Week and a great reminder that Jesus is our King!  But it can be easy to overlook that Jesus’ triumphal entry was made possible by His humility and quickly led to His death on the cross.

Pastor Ryan Falls says that to truly enter into Jesus’ triumph, we must first enter into His humility and death.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (Jesus, John 12:24 ESV).

Ryan Falls is senior pastor of Westminster Chapel of Bellevue, just down the road from Microsoft headquarters, but this sermon was recorded in 2019 when he served on staff at New City Church in Charlotte. Kevin Ford and his family have attended New City Church (formerly Church at Charlotte) for over a decade, and Leighton and Jean Ford have a decades-long relationship with the church leadership.

Are you tired?  Alone?  Struggling to make life work?  Join us today on Sunday Extra as Ryan Falls encourages us to find triumph through humility and surrender.

Dr. Jim Singleton
Executive Director of Missional Leadership
Leighton Ford Ministries

Dr. Singleton also serves as Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.


Earlier this week, Leighton Ford led a virtual prayer service hosted by the YMCA of Greater Charlotte.  The focus was on surrendering to God through prayer.

“Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand” (Jeremiah 18:6).

While it wasn’t coordinated in advance, we couldn’t help but notice the “coincidence” of a Sunday Extra sermon on “Triumphal Humility” and a virtual prayer service on surrender.

If you weren’t able to join Leighton live, the service is available on demand on the YMCA Charlotte YouTube channel.

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