God’s Will, God’s Way

We must surrender to “God’s Will” and “God’s Way,” and we cannot separate the two.

“God’s Will” is His sovereign will – it cannot be changed; it’s what God wants most. He wants everyone to be saved and spend eternity with Him. “God’s Way” is His revealed will – what He has revealed to us through the Bible on how we should live our lives.

God Shapes Life Through Prayer

There are many future events in the Bible that were preordained by God – they will happen no matter what. But God has made it clear that not everything is set in stone. God is moved by our prayers, and we can participate in the shaping our lives through the act of prayer.

This does not, however, make God our servant. Sometimes He will answer the way in which we desire and sometimes He won’t. The mark of maturity comes through trusting God regardless of how He answers.

We Give the Bible the Highest Place

When we give the Bible the highest place in our life, we put God’s word and His wisdom above our own thoughts and reasoning. We acknowledge the Bible as the most reliable guide for life. That’s because everything we need to know – about marriage, family, finances, morality, eternity, and more – is all tucked inside God’s word.

The life that God invites us to in the Bible is better than the life we can build on our own.

We Need a Shepherd Every Day

Some people mistakenly believe they only need a shepherd to lead them to eternity. And once they accept Jesus, they stop seeking God and live their lives according to their own desires. The truth is, we all need a shepherd every single day. The nature and the heart of God is to also be our shepherd on earth – through every step of our life’s journey.

Even as we love and shepherd others, God is shepherding us.

How Will You Run the Bases of Life?

As Pastor Kevin explains, we live in a world in which most people run the bases of life backwards. Sadly, many people wait until the end of their lives to acknowledge their Creator and connect with God.

It’s a great discovery to eventually come to God; it’s a better life to start with God.

Growth Starts with Connecting with God

Using Pastor Kevin’s baseball analogy, God’s pattern for our lives starts at home plate. This means our spiritual growth starts with us connecting with God, our Creator.

We discover that God created for us for a reason, and He will give us the power to accomplish our life’s purpose.

Life begins to make sense when we understand why God created us and what we’re here to do.

Home Run Life

4 questions that can transform your life:

1) What makes for a Home Run Life Dream?

  • Success
  • Someone
  • Self Respect
  • Significance

2) What can we learn from Joseph’s Life Dream? (Genesis 37-50)

  • Win Dependence
  • Win Within
  • Win With Others
  • Win Results

3) What is the pattern? (Gods Game Plan for Life & Leadership – Romans 12)

  • Home Plate – Connect
  • 1st Base – Character
  • 2nd Base – Community
  • 3rd Base – Competence

4) How do you run the bases of life? (How will you?)

Rejoice Or Regret

In Paul’s last letter (near his death), he declares that he had lived up to God’s call. He had triumphed over the troubles and temptations that had come his way. He fought to the finish!

God’s call on your life may not be the same as it is on Paul’s, but if you’re gonna live like a boss, then you need the same grit that Paul had. Because life is harder than it seems like it’s going to be.

Very often the difference between rejoicing and regret is grit. Grit is a key ingredient of a life well-lived.

Does Heaven Have Any Rules?

Scripture: John 14, Acts 2

How do you get in heaven?

Jesus + Nothing = Heaven

  1. Heaven (John 14:3)
  2. Nothing (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  3. Jesus (John 14:6-7)

Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:38

Fearless

Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Matthew 8:23-27 (NIV)

Following Jesus means making bold crossings.

Fear holds us hostage.

Fearless comes from a change in perspective:.

  • Fear filled: Storm > Us
  • Fearless: Jesus > Storm

Become Fearless:

  • Stay in the scriptures.
  • Start small.
  • Stand on God’s Promises.

Reflect:

  • Where are you in the comfort zone and God is calling you to a Bold Crossing?
  • What will you do to train yourself to be fearless?
  • How might Fearless become a Game Changer in your life?

Prayer

Scripture: James 5:13-18

One Thing To Know:
Prayer is keeping company with God.

Two Things To Do:

  • Talk with God everyday, because he enjoys your company.
    Talk with God about everything, because he cares about you.

Three Life Hacks:

  1. Power Down
  2. Invite In
  3. Host The Dove

Boasting

Scripture: James 4:13-17

Need to Know: (2 Life Truths)

  • What is unknown; your future.
  • What is known; you are fragile.

Need to Do: (3 Life Hacks)

  1. Give credit where it’s due.
  2. Pray through work plans.
  3. Talk like you’re dying vs. Divine

Who is Wise

Scripture: James 3:13-18

Need to Know: (2 Life Truths)

  • There are two kinds of wisdom (above and below)
  • The two cannot be mixed (without double-minded disorder)

Need to Do: (3 Life Hacks: before you Act)

  1. Stop
  2. Look
  3. Listen

Trials

Scripture: James 1:1-12

What’s The Goal?

  • Try to live free from “pressure” & be secure
  • Try to live free under “pressure” & be mature

Life Principle:

  • In a World of TRY; (to be free from trials)
  • You will be TRIED; (face trials of many kinds)
  • So Mature to TRUST! (Joy in God who reigns & restores)

Life Hacks:

  1. Learn Under Pressure
  2. Laugh Under Pressure
  3. Look Up Under pressure