The Order of The Lord’s Prayer Matters

Jesus taught the disciples how to pray by modeling a prayer – The Lord’s Prayer. What Jesus demonstrated is that the order of our prayers matters. It all starts with recognizing the holiness and greatness of God, and His will mattering more than our own.

There is nothing above God, and everything that transpires in our lives is for His glory alone.

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.

Daniel and Brie’s Story

Daniel and Brie share their emotional journey through infertility, and how God orchestrated people, finances, and treatments to come together to grant them the desire of their hearts. During the process, they learned to trust God – no matter what – and their prayer lives were changed forever.

Daniel and Brie were overwhelmed with joy when God not only blessed them with a pregnancy, but also twins, through a statistical rarity using only one embryo. It sweetened what they already understood to be an answered prayer and a miracle.

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.

The Bible Has Authority

The Bible should set our foundation for truth and how we should live our lives. However, it’s easy to fall prey to our emotions and want to do what we think or feel is right at the time.

Remember: Truth is not defined by our culture or our feelings, but by what God reveals in the Bible.

God invites us to submit to His authority, and His way is always the best way.

What Is Unique About the Christian Worldview of God?

In every other religion, people either have to know something, experience something, or do something to be made right with God.

In Christianity, the grace of God comes to us because of His innate love for us. That grace comes in the form of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died for our sins.

It is God’s love and grace that separates Christianity from other world religions.

The Faith in Science

A Biblical worldview includes God as the Creator of the Universe. A Philosophical Naturalist worldview says that “everything came from nothing” – usually through “The Big Bang Theory” and evolution. While there’s no proof that God created the world and everything in it, there’s also no proof that the world came from nothing.

We either put faith in God that He created the universe, or we put faith in science. Either way, it’s a matter of faith.

The Bible vs Philosophical Naturalism

As Christians, we believe in God and the Bible. Philosophical Naturalists do not believe in God (or the Bible).

Some people mistakenly believe that because Christianity and Philosophical Naturalism are opposed to each other (in the belief of a Creator) that the Bible is opposed to science. In fact, there is nothing that conflicts science with Christianity, and the study of science was born out of the Christian faith.

We Need a Shepherd for Eternity

Our physical bodies will die, but our spirits will live on forever. And hard as we may try, we can’t make it to heaven on our own. It doesn’t matter whether we’re good people who do good works every single day of our lives. We need Jesus, the Good Shepherd, to lead us into heaven. Take hold of the rescuing hand of Jesus to spend eternity in heaven.

 

Understanding the Debt Jesus Paid

The idea of being rescued from our financial debt is thrilling. We can imagine how freed up we would feel! The reason we don’t get as excited about Jesus, and His sacrifice for our sin debt, is because we don’t really understand it. It pales in comparison when we measure our financial debt against our sin debt – and Jesus’s offer to “pay it all.” What Jesus did is rescue us for eternity!

Easter isn’t about bunnies, eggs, and baskets. Easter is about eternal life through Jesus Christ.

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.

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?)

Separated from God

God told Adam and Eve, “If you sin, you will die.” They did sin, and they did die. They were kicked out of the Garden of Eden, lost their relationship with God, and all of humanity lost its’ spiritual awareness. Since that moment we have been displaced from God. We have tried to create our own paradise, make up our own rules, decide for ourselves what is truth, all a part from God. It has never worked.

The only answer to returning to what we are created for is surrendering to Jesus.

Mad at God

PK shares a story of when he raced his wife in the car and only “won” by breaking the law.

Setbacks in life are often because of our own sin. We often become mad at God, but the truth is we bring it on ourselves.

When we experience loss in life, it is always due to Sin (personal or universal). We try to blame God for hardships.

In reality, just as the officer was justified in pulling Kevin over for breaking the law, God has a case against us because we messed up His perfect paradise (Garden of Eden).

The Big Picture of the Bible

There are 5 major events in the Old Testament that look towards the coming of Jesus:

  1. God and righteous man in paradise (Genesis 1-2)
  2. Satan and sin enter (Genesis 3-5)
  3. The world is judged and destroyed (Genesis 6-9)
  4. One world government system (Genesis 10-11)
  5. The 12 tribes, the nation of Israel, God’s holy people (Genesis 12 – Malachi)

The first 4 books of the New Testament, Matthew – John, is the story of Jesus on earth, who came to establish a new contract. (re-word this 2-3 minutes)

The 5 major events of the New Testament are a mirror image of the events of the Old Testament:

  1. The 12 disciples, the church, God’s holy people (Acts – Jude)
  2. The coming of a one world government system (Revelations 6-19)
  3. The world is judged and destroyed (Revelations 6-19)
  4. Satan and sin exit (Revelations 20)
  5. God and redeemed man in paradise (Revelations 21-22)

 

 

Sin Leads to Death

Genesis 3 is the story of how Adam and Eve sinned against God, when God had already warned them that the price of sin is death.

Kevin uses a rubber snake as an illustration of how we often view sin. We tend to forget that sin is dangerous and treat it like it’s fake (rubber). But sin is real, and if we sin we die.

Are We More Like Judas or Jesus?

Judas, one of Jesus’ 12 disciples, was broken in his spirit. According to Psalm 109:17, he found no pleasure in blessing. He was all about himself!

By contrast Jesus was and is always about blessing others. We are more like Jesus when we bless others, but we are more like Judas when we only serve ourselves.

To live a life of blessing others, we need to ask ourselves daily: How can I bless someone today?

Live Better Than Living for Self; Live Sent

We can live for ourselves or live sent by God. Living for one’s self leads to a broken and empty life, while living sent by God leads to a blessed and fulfilled life.

Paul’s life is a prime example of how God transforms lives from living for self and living sent. God first rescued Paul from his selfish life, transformed it, then sent Paul into the world as an apostle. This is the pattern God uses in all of our lives.

Jesus Has Already Won

We lose perspective when we lose sight of the promises of God. One promise we can forget is that Jesus has already paid the cost for sin.

God has already given us victory! So we persevere in our faith through adversity because we are saved.

Since Jesus has already won the battles, our new perspective towards adversity should be: “God, what are you trying to build in me?” not “Why is this happening to me?

Adversity Tests Perspective

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

James 1:2-3

The original Greek translation of the word “consider” means to evaluate or gain perspective. James is telling us that overcoming adversity requires having the right perspective. In other words, our outlook on life determines our outcome.

Gear Up for Good

Challenge: Gear Up for Good

3 things to shift this season:

  • Shift gears from “Feel Good” to “Do Good”
    • When you chase feel good; it progressively destroys good!
    • When you chase do good; it grows feel good!
  • Shift gears from Good Intentions to Doing Good
  • Shift from Lower Gears to Higher Gears of Good

The Definition of Discernment

The beginning of discernment is separating out a truth from a lie.

Jesus gives us a good bit of truth to that, but not an answer for every situation. Jesus goes on saying God grants us wisdom and has sent the Holy Spirit to be with us everyday as a counselor.

Ultimately, we want to know what is truth in life, but there are circumstances where the truth isn’t clear, and that’s where wisdom and asking for guidance comes into play.