One Life One Goal
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2Cor 5:9-10 So we make it our goal (strive for love of honor) to be pleasing/acceptable to Him…For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
I. What do we Value? What we gravitate toward Doing.
Health and Wealth (diet, exercise, debt, budget, better job, save $); Banish Bad habits (smoke, drink, excess, TV, stress, anger);
II. We Please God by Walking/doing in the Light of His Revelation/Will
Eph 5:8 you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)10 and (try to -esv) find out/PROVE-DEMONSTRATE what is pleasing to the Lord. cf Rm 12:1-2
Specific (schedule/trigger) Measurable (checklist; calendar) Activating (visualize consistent action) Realistic (baby steps) Transforming (changes us and things)
Accept Christ as Savior, Lord and Judge Rm 14:10…why judge brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Bible is Bread 1Pt 2:1 So rid yourselves of all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, crave/desire the pure milk of the word, so that you may grow by it in your salvation, since you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Christ followers are friends/fellowship 1Thess 5:11 encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Deny self, sin, and Satan to walk dependently in the light Mk 8:34 Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 Whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 What will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Exchange the old life for the new life Eph 4:21 you heard of him and were taught in him in acc with the truth that is in Jesus.22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. Cf Rm 12:1-2
Focus on Fleeing and Following in Faith 1Tim 6:11 O person of God, flee these things and follow/pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on the eternal life, to which you were also called 2Tim 2:22
Grow in godliness with goalsCol 1:9 asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance
Help others do the same Mt 28:19-20 make disciples…teaching them to obey everything Heb 13:21 (May God) equip you in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever
III. We Displease God when we seek to please ourselves or others Rm 15:3 For even Christ did not please himself
Jn 5:44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
Lk 14:26 If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. 27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. 34 Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Jn 6:66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
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