Monday, October 29, 2007

Life on Loan: Renew Your Love - Revelation 2:2-5

You work hard. You do the right things and say the right things. You persevere despite the opposition, but why? Because it’s the right thing to do? Because God said so? They are good reasons, but not the right reason. Love must be our motivation, our guide and our sustenance. BUT, what happens when we don’t feel that love? We felt it before, but it seems to be gone now. We often try to find something else (some new teacher or group or program or book) to bring that excitement back. God doesn’t say to find something new. He says to go back to basics.

  • You're Doing well... - v2
  • You've forsaken your first love. v4
    • Tongues - Love = Noise (1 Cor 13:1)
    • Knowledge + Power - Love = Nothing (1 Cor 13:2)
    • Good Deeds + Sacrifice - Love = Nothing (1 Cor 13:3)
  • Renew Your Love - v5
    • Remember the height from which you have fallen
    • Repent
    • Re-Do the things you did at first

Monday, October 15, 2007

Life on Loan: Redefine Your Faith - Acts 21:10-15, Matthew 16:21-26, James 2:14-19

How do you look at faith? Like a vitamin that you take every day to keep spiritually healthy? Like a good luck charm that keeps you from harm? Like a parachute to catch you when things get too intense? Like a book of rules to keep us on the straight and narrow? Do we get so stuck on these ideas that we miss what faith is really all about. If we are to fulfill our purpose with the lives God has loaned us, we must take a step back and redefine our faith, to align it with the faith found in God’s Word.

  • The Attitude of Faith
    • Bring it On! - ...I am ready not only to be bound, but to die... Acts 21:10-15
    • Get Behind Me - ... you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men... -Matthew 16:21-23
  • The Action of Faith
    • Follow Me - If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. - Matthew 16:24-26
    • Show Me - ...I will show you my faith by my deeds. - James 2:14-19

Monday, October 8, 2007

Life on Loan: Reassign your Resources - Luke 10:27-37

Are you a giver or a taker? Does all that taking make you happy, or does it just make you want more and more? Too many people in this world are takers, and not enough people know the joy of giving. God created us to give to those in need. He prepared us to do good works for those in need by giving us talents and resources to use for His purposes. Too often we have buried those talents or used them for our own purposes instead of looking for God’s purposes. It is up to us to reassign those resources to do God’s work here and now.

Luke 10:27-37
The Good Samaritan Gives:
  • Inconvenient Help - v33
  • Personal Involvement - v34
  • Sacrificial Transportation - v34
  • Lodging and Companionship - v35
Matthew 25:14-30
The One-Talent guy was
Scared, Lazy and Wicked because he:
  • Didn't look past his Fear
  • Didn't exert any Effort
  • Didn't take any Risks

Monday, October 1, 2007

Life on Loan: Re-Examine Your Values - Isaiah 32:1-8

What’s important to you?
What do you invest in? Things that make you noble, or things that make you just like everyone else? Throughout history it has become apparent that most men do not value anything but themselves. The same cannot be said of God. If we are going to lives our lives on loan from God, we must do what God would have us do with them. This means valuing the things that God values and living according to those values.

Isaiah 32:8 - But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.
  • A Noble Man Values Purpose - v1-2
    • ...if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. - 1 John 4:11-12
  • Noble Plans Value Preparation - v3-4
    • Seeing - Hearing - Knowing - Telling
  • Noble Deeds Value People - v5-7
    • Do you SEE this woman? - Luke 7:36-44