God's truth for today's world

Multiplying Forever Friends Message Introduction

We’re beginning the year 2015 with the message series “Living in Light of the End.” What does it mean to live in light of the end? To live in light of the end is to live life here and now, keeping eternity in view. Living in light of the end is thinking about the future, not just in this life, but in the next as well. We use God’s revelation of the future to prioritize our lives today.

Colossians 3:1-2 (NIV)  Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

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Expectantly Waiting Message Introduction

Today, we begin a new short message series called “Living in Light of the End.” Last Sunday we completed the series “Understanding the End Times” in which we looked at the events the Bible prophesies will happen at the end of time. Our new message series “Living in the Light of the End” will address how we should live today, here and now, having this understanding of the end times.

Bible prophesy is never intended to just give us theoretical answers to questions we may have. Bible prophesy, in fact all of the Bible, is intended to teach us how to live for Jesus here and now in the way most honoring to God.

Today, my message is entitled “Expectantly Waiting.” What are we waiting for? We should be expectantly waiting for the return of Jesus Christ to this earth. Of this return, Jesus says in …

Matthew 24:36 (NIV)  “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

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Defeating Worry Introduction

Today, we’re concluding our message series “Need Direction?” In this series, we’ve been talking about how to get God’s guidance for our lives. We need God’s guidance in order to make right decisions and stay on track with God’s plan for our lives.

Today, our message is entitled “Defeating Worry.” We’re going to be talking about worry in the context of making decisions. First last answer the question “What is worry?” Worry is anxiety, concern or even fear of something bad happening in the future. We don’t worry about the past or the present, we worry about what may happen in the future.

So, people may worry before making a decision. Will I make the right decision? If I don’t make the right decision, what will happen in the future? People may worry after making a decision. Will this decision work out in the future? You can even make a decision based on worry. Since I am worried about X, I will make a decision to minimize my worry about X.

Worry is the polar opposite of faith. Faith looks to the future with hope and anticipation of good things happening. Worry, on the other hand, looks to the future with fear and anxiety of bad things happening. What does the Bible say regarding worry? The Bible tells us as believers, as people of faith, that we should not worry, but have faith.

Philippians 4:6 (NLT)  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

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Today we’re back to our message series Change Your World. In this series, we’re looking at passages throughout the New Testament that give us examples and instruction on how to influence and impact our world. When we look around us, when we read the news or look at various media, the problems of our world and it’s lack of godliness is evident. We all long for a better world. Our temptation as believers is to criticize, grumble and complain about the problems in the world. Is it right for us as believers to complain or worry about the sinfulness of the world? What do you think?

I don’t think it is. God’s Word tells us not to complain or worry about anything. Not only does it not accomplish anything, it turns off the very people that God wants us to reach. Now, this is not to say that we must never point out the sin of the world, but if we do, it always must be in the context of the solution to the problem, which is Jesus. The answer to every problem of our world is Jesus. The answer for the problems of any particular person is in that person becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. So, how do we change our world? By making disciples of Jesus of the people of the world.

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In our message series, Change Your World, we’re learning how to influence others for Jesus, one person at a time. If you’re a believer, God has placed in your spiritual DNA a desire to lead others to Christ. God has created you as His son or daughter with both the ability and the desire to birth others into His Kingdom. Yet many believers struggle with reaching out to those who don’t yet know the Lord. Part of the struggle is simply not knowing what to do. Another aspect of the struggle to reach out is the fear of rejection or offending another person. Yet, God’s Word tells us to let our lights shine. Let the fire of God in our lives burn out in the open, not hidden away in our closets or our churches.

I want to start a fire, how about you? Once one believer let’s their fires burn out in the open, others catch the spark and the end result is remarkable. This morning, we’re going to look at something that everyone can do. Something that everyone can and should do to influence their world. My message this morning is entitled “A Life That Speaks.” God wants your lifestyle to be so different from that of the unbelievers around you that you stand out. God wants your life to be so radically different that others around you say “He/she sure is different.”

A life that speaks is a life that goes against the flow of our decadent culture to such an extent that it prompts people to come up to you and ask questions. Questions like:

  • Why are you so different?
  • Why don’t you do _____________ like everyone else?
  • Where do you go to church?
  • Why are so full of joy?
  • Don’t you ever worry?
  • Why do you read your Bible all the time?
  • Can you help me read my Bible?
  • Could I come to your church or Life Group?

How would you like people to ask you those kinds of questions? Just answering those questions would make outreach easier, wouldn’t it?

Philippians 2:14-15 (NIV)  Do everything without complaining or arguing,  so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.

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