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Investing Your Life Message Introduction

Basic Training is the current message series. What are we training for? We are training as soldiers in the army of the Lord. Now, we don’t fight with bullets or bombs. But we do fight. We fight with spiritual weapons. What are we fighting for? We are fighting to expand the kingdom of God and to destroy the kingdom of darkness. How does that happen? It happens as your friends, relatives and neighbors get saved and in turn become soldiers in the Lord’s army. And as we fight in God’s army, God takes care of everything that we need.

Matthew 6:33 (NIV)  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

When you are seeking first to expand God’s kingdom, when you are seeking to be the best soldier you can be, than God will meet every need that you have in life.

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Today we’re going to talk about Loving God’s Great Purposes. God created this world with a purpose in mind and that purpose includes you and me. God purpose is not just a bunch of individual purposes, but it is a great purpose. God’s purpose encompasses the entire creation. The wonderful aspect of God’s great purposes is that you and I have the privilege of being part of them. When we’re part of something much bigger than ourselves, something conceived in the mind of God Himself, it gives us significance. Our lives matter for eternity as we see our individual purposes as part of God’s great purposes.

Our significance in life is not based on the things admired by our culture: wealth, prestige or power. All of those things will have no value in eternity.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV)  This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches,  but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD …”

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Today my message is entitled “Loving God’s Purpose for Your Life.” God has put in the heart of every person a desire to do something meaningful with their life. We want our lives to matter, we want to make a difference in our world. In other words, we want our lives to have purpose.

Now, if evolution is true, then each of us evolved from the primordial ooze by a series of random chemical events. Obviously then, our lives would have no purpose or point. But God’s Word teaches that you and I are not the product of random events. We have been created by the creator of the universe, God Himself. Since we have been created, our creator has a purpose for our lives. If your life has purpose, then there is a point in each day that God has given you. When you get up in the morning, God has a purpose for that new day.

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

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Merry Christmas! It’s a wonderful time of the year as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Jesus was not just another baby, He was God come to earth to live among us. Christmas is about one of the most incredible miracles that has ever happened. A virgin birth, where Jesus was born of a human mother and the Holy Spirit.

Luke 2:10-11 (NIV)  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

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In our message series, The Book of Life, we’re looking at the importance of the Bible to every person’s life. The Bible, God’s Word, is the one and only essential guide to living a successful life. Today, my message is entitled “Guided by the Word.” We’re going to be learning how God’s Word can guide your life, directing you away from paths that lead away from God and guiding you on the path that God has designed for you.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

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