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HOW OFTEN DO PEOPLE REFLECT UPON THEIR OWN MORTALITY? WHY DON’T INDIVIDUALS STOP AND REFLECT UPON THEIR ETERNAL DESTINY?

                What a Christian has to Show for His Life

 

Intro.

 
1. Most everyone at some point reflects upon his mortality, Psa. 90:10 (Eccl. 12:1-8).
 
2. “What have I accomplished?” What do I have to show for my life?” “What will I leave to others?” Lk. 12:15-21; Matt. 6:19-21; 16:26
 
3. Christians can/should have a different outlook on life, Phil. 1:19-24.
 
4. What a Christian has to show for his life:
 
 
 
I. FAITH, Heb. 11:1, 6; 2 Cor. 5:7.
 
A. Faith that Holds Jesus as Lord, Jno. 8:24.
 
1. Sovereign Ruler of the world – Therefore, of my life, Matt. 28:18; Col. 3:17.
 
2. When we live in harmony with His will we have a meaningful, accomplished, fulfilled life!
 
B. Faith in God’s Word and Power, Heb. 13:5-6.
 
1. Content with life’s lot, placing faith in God’s presence and promise!
 
2. Contentment is not complacency; it is attitude of sufficiency free of covetousness. Phil. 4:11-13
 
C. Faith that Produces Conversion.
 
1. Some faith does not, Jno. 12:42-43.
 
2. Faith that justifies, Rom. 5:1.
 
3. Faith that continually converts/trans­forms the soul and life is it learns and grows, Rom. 12:1-2; Eph. 4:17-24.
 
D. Wherever You Go, Leave Faith in the World, Lk. 18:8; 2 Tim. 1:5.
 
-The legacy of faith is not one day, but a lifetime (2 Tim. 4:7).
 
 
 
II. FORGIVENESS, Eph. 1:7.
 
A. From God for Our Past Sins, Acts 3:19; 1 Jno. 2:12.
 
1. Sins of our youth, Psa. 25:7 (6-11).
 
2. Sins of our ignorance and injury, 1 Tim. 1:12-15.
 
3. Become a Christian through preaching Jesus, Acts 13:38; 26:18.
 
B. From God for Our Present Sins, Acts 8:22; 1 Jno. 1:8-2:2.
 
C. Forgive Others when they Sin Against Us, Matt. 5:7 (6:12).
 
1. Christians ought to be the most merciful people on earth.
 
2. Tragically, can be the most vindictive and accusing toward others.
 
3. Carry forgiveness with you wherever you go and your load will be lighter, Rom. 12:17-21.
 
D. Leave Forgiveness in this World, Lk. 6:36-38 (Acts 7:60).
 
1. By accepting God’s forgiveness in Christ you are forgiven and you are showing others how they can be forgiven.
 
2. As you forgive you teach others to forgive.
 
 
 
III. FUTURE, Jas. 1:15.
 
-Millions if not billions live with no expectations for the future; meaningless, futile lives without hope.
 
A. The Christian’s Future Holds the Prospect of Spiritual Growth and Maturity, Phil. 3:11-14.
 
1. We must set the daily goal of spiritual growth to achieve it.
 
2. Forget the past (do not be deterred by its failures) and stretch forward to future successes and rewards.
 
B. Christians Trust in Our Living Hope, Heb. 6:18-19.
 
1. Faith, forgiveness and future, 1 Pet. 1:3-4.
 
2. We do not faint like those of the world; our future is bright, 2 Cor. 4:16-18.
 
a. Heavenly home with Jesus, Jno. 14:1-3.
 
b. Crown of righteousness, 2 Tim. 4:7-8.
 
C. Christians Leave this Future to:
 
1. Our children, Psa. 78:4-7 (2 Tim. 1:5).
 
2. Our brethren, Josh. 23:14; 24:15.
 
3. The lost, Mk. 16:15-16.
 
 
 

Conclusion

 
1. The Christian has faith, forgiveness and a future unmatched by anything the world has to offer.
 
2. The Christian need not fret over his mortality. Indeed, the Christian longs for the day when mortality ends and immortality begins! Phil. 1:21-24
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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HAPPY?

                 “A  BIBLICAL  LOOK  AT  WHAT  IT  MEANS  TO  BE  HAPPY”

Intro.

1. Are you happy? What is happiness to you?

a. World’s definition: Fame, fortune, glory; self-satisfaction (we must not confuse the pleasures of sin with genuine happiness; sin destroys happiness, Prov. 13:15.

b. God’s definition: 1 Pet. 3:10-12 (Matt. 5:3-12).

2. God wants us to be happy as He defines it, Eccl. 3:12-13; 9:7-9.

3. Jesus is our way out of unhappiness & despair.

I. UNDERSTANDING HAPPINESS.

A. Happiness: A State of Mind, an Attitude of Heart (Prov. 23:7).

1. “…having, showing, or causing a feeling of pleasure, joy, etc.; glad,” Webster.

2. Happiness is an attitude of heart; not just an emotion.

3. Christian should be the happiest person on earth because his thinking should be right (forgiveness of sins, One in whom to trust, promise of eternal life, hope…), Jno. 14:1, 27; 16:22; 2 Cor. 6:10.

4. But, faith can weaken (faith’s contentment & trust is tested).

B. To Build a Happy Life, Build Faith in God.

1. Set your hope on God, Heb. 13:5-6.

2. Happiness is learned by trusting God, Phil. 4:10-13.

3. Count your blessings, Eph. 1:3 (Phil. 4:4).

II. THINGS OF EARTH DO NOT GIVE LASTING HAPPINESS, Eccl. 2:3 (1:13).

-(Each has its place, but none bring ultimate satisfaction.)

A. Pleasure, Eccl. 2:1-2.

1. Prov. 14:13: Even laughter may contain sorrow.

2. Pleasure does not last; therefore, it cannot ultimately fulfill (Heb. 11:25; Lk. 12:19).

3. 7:2-4: Tends toward not properly assessing life & the future.

B. Material Things (wealth, possessions), Eccl. 2:8-11 (Lk. 12:15-21).

1. 4:7-8: Tends to isolate & make one suspicious of others.

2. 5:10-11: No satisfaction to lover of money – Increased anxieties (1 Tim. 6:10).

3. Great possessions, yet great sorrow, Matt. 19:21-22.

C. Wisdom, Eccl. 2:12-17.

1. 2:13: While better than foolishness, to trust in one’s wisdom is foolish, 1 Cor. 3:18.

2. 2:14: Death still comes; Human wisdom doesn’t save us.

3. 8:16-17: Divine wisdom needed – 1 Cor. 1:21.

D. Labor, Eccl. 2:18-23.

1. 2:18-19 (Lk. 12:20): Whose shall they be?

2. 2:20: Elements of despair; 5:13-17 (its fruit does not last).

3. Work is good, but not the source of ultimate happiness, 1 Ths. 4:11-12.

4. Don’t let your work consume you…Regret it.

E. Success, Eccl. 4:4-6.

1. 4:4: Often envied by others.

2. While trying to be successful we must learn to be content with what our labor provides, 1 Tim. 6:6-8.

F. Fulfilling Desire, Eccl. 6:7-9.

1. When our desire rules us we are never satisfied.

2. “Bird in the hand worth two in the bush.”

3. Desires must be godly; controlled by contentment, Phil. 4:11-13 (sufficiency, enough).

III. THINGS NEEDED TO BE HAPPY IN LIFE.

A. Fear & Obey God, Eccl. 12:13 (Acts 10:34-35).

B. Address Sin in God’s Way. (Acts 2:41-42)

1. Sin destroys happiness by destroying one’s relationship with God (the source of joy).

2. Despair of sin turned into joy of salvation, Acts 16:27, 34.

C. Seek First the things of God, Matt. 6:33 (1 Pet. 3:10-12).

D. Pray Often, 1 Jno. 5:14 (Confidence in prayer; power, Phil. 4:4-7).

E. Count Your Blessings, 1 Tim. 6:7-8.

-Measure the good things in life & rejoice in them.

F. Patient Faith (“wait on the Lord”), Isa. 40:27-31. Always trust God – He always cares for you (1 Pet. 5:7; Heb. 13:5-6).

Conclusion

God wants you to be happy as you live for heaven. Be happy by obeying God & trusting Him in all things; walk with God, Psa. 128.

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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“IF YOUR HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT….”

“WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT OUR HAPPINESS”

Intro.

1.  Are you happy?  What is happiness to you?

  a.  World’s definition: Fame, fortune, glory; self-satisfaction (we must not confuse the pleasures of sin with genuine happiness; sin destroys happiness, Prov. 13:15.

  b.  God’s definition:  1 Pet. 3:10-12 (Matt. 5:3-12).

2.  God wants us to be happy as He defines it, Eccl. 3:12-13; 9:7-9.

3.  Jesus is our way out of unhappiness & despair.

 

I.  UNDERSTANDING HAPPINESS.

  A.  Happiness: A State of Mind, an Attitude of Heart (Prov. 23:7).

    1.  “…having, showing, or causing a feeling of pleasure, joy, etc.; glad,” Webster.

    2.  Happiness is an attitude of heart; not just an emotion.

    3.  Christian should be the happiest person on earth because his thinking should be right (forgiveness of sins, One in whom to trust, promise of eternal life, hope…), Jno. 14:1, 27; 16:22; 2 Cor. 6:10.

    4.  But, faith can weaken (faith’s contentment & trust is tested).

  B.  To Build a Happy Life, Build Faith in God.

    1.  Set your hope on God, Heb. 13:5-6.

    2.  Happiness is learned by trusting God, Phil. 4:10-13.

    3.  Count your blessings, Eph. 1:3 (Phil. 4:4).

II. THINGS OF EARTH DO NOT GIVE LASTING HAPPINESS, Eccl. 2:3 (1:13).

    -(Each has its place, but none bring ultimate satisfaction.)

  A.  Pleasure, Eccl. 2:1-2.

    1.  Prov. 14:13:  Even laughter may contain sorrow.

    2.  Pleasure does not last; therefore, it cannot ultimately fulfill (Heb. 11:25; Lk. 12:19).

    3.  7:2-4:  Tends toward not properly assessing life & the future.

  B.  Material Things (wealth, possessions), Eccl. 2:8-11 (Lk. 12:15-21).

    1.  4:7-8:  Tends to isolate & make one suspicious of others.

    2.  5:10-11:  No satisfaction to lover of money – Increased anxieties (1 Tim. 6:10).

    3.  Great possessions, yet great sorrow, Matt. 19:21-22.

  C.  Wisdom, Eccl. 2:12-17.

    1.  2:13:  While better than foolishness, to trust in one’s wisdom is foolish, 1 Cor. 3:18.

    2.  2:14:  Death still comes; Human wisdom doesn’t save us.

    3.  8:16-17:  Divine wisdom needed – 1 Cor. 1:21.

  D.  Labor, Eccl. 2:18-23.

    1.  2:18-19 (Lk. 12:20):  Whose shall they be?

    2.  2:20:  Elements of despair; 5:13-17 (its fruit does not last).

    3.  Work is good, but not the source of ultimate happiness, 1 Ths. 4:11-12.

    4.  Don’t let your work consume you…Regret it.

  E.  Success, Eccl. 4:4-6.

    1.  4:4:  Often envied by others.

    2.  While trying to be successful we must learn to be content with what our labor provides, 1 Tim. 6:6-8.

  F.  Fulfilling Desire, Eccl. 6:7-9.

    1.  When our desire rules us we are never satisfied.

    2.  “Bird in the hand worth two in the bush.”

    3.  Desires must be godly; controlled by contentment, Phil. 4:11-13 (sufficiency, enough).

III. THINGS NEEDED TO BE HAPPY IN LIFE.

  A.  Fear & Obey God, Eccl. 12:13 (Acts 10:34-35).

  B.  Address Sin in God’s Way.  (Acts 2:41-42)

    1.  Sin destroys happiness by destroying one’s relationship with God (the source of joy).

    2.  Despair of sin turned into joy of salvation, Acts 16:27, 34.

  C.  Seek First the things of God, Matt. 6:33 (1 Pet. 3:10-12).

  D.  Pray Often, 1 Jno. 5:14 (Confidence in prayer; power, Phil. 4:4-7).

  E.  Count Your Blessings, 1 Tim. 6:7-8.

      -Measure the good things in life & rejoice in them.

  F.  Patient Faith (“wait on the Lord”), Isa. 40:27-31.  Always trust God – He always cares for you (1 Pet. 5:7; Heb. 13:5-6).

 

Conclusion

   God wants you to be happy as you live for heaven.  Be happy by obeying God & trusting Him in all things; walk with God, Psa. 128.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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