There is Joy in the Valley.
What situation has my attention today?

 

#1: What we will do as a TRUE FOLLOWER of Jesus.

Finally, my brothers, Philippians 3:1a

A true follower of Jesus will rejoice in the Lord.
rejoice in the Lord. Philippians 3:1b

A true follower of Jesus will look out for evil.
To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. 2 Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. Philippians 3:1c-2

A true follower of Jesus will worship by the Spirit.
For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God  Philippians 3:3a

A true follower of Jesus will glory in Christ Jesus.
and glory in Christ Jesus Philippians 3:3b

A true follower of Jesus will put no confidence in the flesh.
and put no confidence in the flesh— Philippians 3:3c

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#2: A warning against FALSE CONFIDENCE in our flesh.

though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more:  Philippians 3:4

A false confidence in the flesh is based on ritual.
circumcised on the eighth day, Philippians 3:5a

A false confidence in the flesh is based on race.
of the people of Israel, Philippians 3:5b

A false confidence in the flesh is based on rank.
of the tribe of Benjamin, Philippians 3:5c

A false confidence in the flesh is based on tradition.
a Hebrew of Hebrews; Philippians 3:5d

A false confidence in the flesh is based on religion.
as to the law, a Pharisee; Philippians 3:5e

A true confidence in Jesus is not found in sincerity.
as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; Philippians 3:6a

A true confidence in Jesus is not found in legalism.
as to righteousness under the law, blameless. Philippians 3:6b

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#3: A TOTAL WIN in Christ will create a TOTAL LOSS in ourselves. 

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Philippians 3:7

It is a total win to have the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, Philippians 3:8-9a

It is a total win to have the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— Philippians 3:9b

It is a total win to have the power of Jesus Christ.
that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, Philippians 3:10a

It is a total win to have the fellowship of Jesus Christ.
and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,  Philippians 3:10b

It is a total win to have the eternal life of Jesus Christ.
that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:11

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#4: We are transformed to live in HOT PURSUIT of Jesus.

As we live in hot pursuit of Jesus we will have a proper awareness.
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect,  Philippians 3:12a

As we live in hot pursuit of Jesus we will have a full effort.
but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me
his own. Philippians 3:12b

As we live in hot pursuit of Jesus we will have a clear focus.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, Philippians 3:13

As we live in hot pursuit of Jesus we will have a heavenly motivation.
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

As we live in hot pursuit of Jesus we will have a mature mentality.
Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Philippians 3:15

As we live in hot pursuit of Jesus we will have a correct path.
Only let us hold true to what we have attained. Philippians 3:16

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#5: We TAKE ACTION to stay on course for Christ. 

We can take action by following after godly examples for Christ.
Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. Philippians 3:17

We can take action by turning away from evil enemies of Christ.
For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. Philippians 3:18-19

We can take action by focusing on our future with Christ.
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3:20-21

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There is Joy in the Valley.
Who will I share a verse with today?

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Brothers, Workers, and Soldiers!
Philippians 2:25

We’re all learning to walk the ancient path in a modern culture.

This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.  But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

Meanwhile, I thought I should send Epaphroditus back to you. He is a true brother, co-worker, and fellow soldier.  Philippians 2:25 NLT

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#1: The Christian life is a community of brothers (and sisters) in the Lord!

Meanwhile, I thought I should send Epaphroditus back to you. He is a true brother, co-worker, and fellow soldier.  Verse 25

How do you get into this family?

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.  John 1:10-13 NLT

As Jesus was speaking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. 47 Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, and they want to speak to you.”  48 Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 49 Then he pointed to his disciples and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. 50 Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”   Matthew 12:46-50 NLT

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So, you get into the family by surrendering your life over to Jesus!

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.  Philippians 2:3-4 NLT

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#2: The Christian life is a community of co-workers serving the Lord!

Meanwhile, I thought I should send Epaphroditus back to you. He is a true brother, co-worker, and fellow soldier.  Verse 25

How do we serve the Lord?

Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. 14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.  Philippians 2:12-15 NLT

Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity… 16 Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.  1 Timothy 4:12, 16 NLT

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  1 Peter 3:15 NIV

So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”   2 Corinthians 5:20 NLT

“Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves.”  Matthew 10:16 NLT

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#3: The Christian life is a community of soldiers battling for the Lord!

Meanwhile, I thought I should send Epaphroditus back to you. He is a true brother, co-worker, and fellow soldier.  Verse 25

A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.   Ecclesiastes 3:8 NLT

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.  1 Peter 5:8-9 NLT

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”   Luke 22:31-32 NLT

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil.  Ephesians 6:10-13 NLT

Several days later a man named Agabus, who also had the gift of prophecy, arrived from Judea. 11 He came over, took Paul’s belt, and bound his own feet and hands with it. Then he said, “The Holy Spirit declares, ‘So shall the owner of this belt be bound by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and turned over to the Gentiles.’ ” 12 When we heard this, we and the local believers all begged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.13 But he said, “Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.”  Acts 21:10-13 NLT

So all the men of Israel got together and united as one man against the city.  Judges 20:11 NIV1984

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Would anybody call you their “brother”?

Would anybody call you their “co-worker”?

Would anybody call you their “fellow soldier”?

JOY IN THE VALLEY

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:1-2 ESV

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#1: The Elements of Joy

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-8 ESV

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#2: The Essentials for Joy

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11 ESV

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#3: The Experience of Joy (Even when there is trouble.)

I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Philippians 1:12-14 ESV

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#4: The Experience of Joy (Even when there is opposition.)

Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Philippians 1:15-18 ESV

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#5: The Experience of Joy (Even when facing death.)

Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live
is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:18-21 ESV

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#6: The Experience of Joy (Even when dealing with the flesh.)

If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. Philippians 1:22-26 ESV

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#7: The Everyday Life of Joy

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have. Philippians 1:27-30 ESV

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God, I pray that you enable me to live with joy in the valley. 

­—APPEAR—

1. Jesus appeared AMONG us.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 ESV

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Teaching with Authority

And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes. Matthew 7:28-29 ESV

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Miraculous Signs and Wonders

“If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” John 10:37-38 ESV

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Personal Encounters

And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Mark 10:21 ESV

Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40 ESV

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2. Jesus’ life appeared to be OVER.

After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:28-30 ESV

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3. Jesus unexpectedly appeared ALIVE.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” John 20:11-17 ESV

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4. Jesus now appears in GLORY.

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.” Matthew 25:31 ESV

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5. When He descends from heaven will you appear WITH JESUS?

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 ESV

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If you have yet to place your hope in Jesus, consider this…

For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 ESV

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If you have already placed your hope in Jesus, consider this…

Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:18 ESV

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HE CAME FOR US
Luke 18:31-19:10, 28-40 

  1. Background
    1. , not
    2. years (Luke 3:21-18:1)
    3. The was (John 2:4; 7:1-9; 12:23-27; Galatians 4:4)
    4. Mass of (Acts 2:5, 6-13)
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  2. Disciples
    1. They were anticipating the appearance of the Kingdom of God (Luke 19:11; Matthew 20:21; Mark 10:37)
    2. They weren’t it! (Luke 19:34; Mark 9:32)
    3. An was coming! (Luke 24:44-49)
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  3. Bartimaeus
    1. This is out of miracles recorded in the Gospels.
    2. Notice the (Luke 18:39)
    3. Notice his (Luke 18:38-39)
    4. Notice his (Luke 18:41)
    5. Notice Jesus’ (Luke 18:41,42)
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  4. Zacchaeus
    1. Only in Luke
    2. ,  ,   and it was !
      (Luke 19:2)
    3. Jesus knew his ! (Luke 19:5)
    4. Jesus had a appointment to keep! (Luke 19:5)
    5. The crowd (Luke 19:7)
    6. Zacchaeus was changed! (Luke 19:8)
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“The Lord often chooses the most despicable people of this world, redeems them, gives them new hearts, and uses them in remarkable ways.” (John MacArthur)

  1. Why would Jesus go the distance?
    1. Jesus was not ! (Matthew 16:21; Mark 10:33-34; Luke 18:31-34)
    2. To His Father’s plan (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 53; Zechariah 9:9)
    3. the of God (Romans 5:6-8; Ephesians 2:4-9)
    4. Because our was too great! (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:10-18, 23; 6:23)
    5. Because the between us and God was too wide (Romans 5:6-11; Ephesians 2:1-5)
    6. He could make a way! (John 1:29; 3:14-15; Hebrews 7:25-28)
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  2. So, today Jesus is…
    1. Not willing for any to and experience (Matthew 7:13-14; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9)
    2. Continually ,  ,   (Isaiah 30:18; Luke 15; Hebrews 3:15; Revelation 3:20)
    3. Coming ! (2 Corinthians 6:2; James 4:14; Revelation 3:3)
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DIGGING DEEPER
Read Luke 18:31-19:10, 28-40

  1. Consider what it might have been like to be one of Jesus’ disciples, Bartimaeus, or Zaccheus in this story. What all would you have been thinking and feeling, especially when Jesus stops and talks to you?
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  2. What was the point in your life when your eyes were opened to see Jesus as your Savior? When did you sense His desire to have “dinner” with you?
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  3. What divine appointments has Jesus placed in your life so that they might see and find joy in Christ?
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  4. What is your takeaway from these passages of scripture?
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We are INVESTING in our students by:
Equipping Faith that is Built to Last in a Decaying Culture

We avoid wasting opportunities with BIBLICAL STEWARDSHIP:

1. Biblical Stewardship begins with our God-given ASSIGNMENT.

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.” Matthew 25:14-15 ESV

  1. Do I see God as the owner of my life and all that I possess?
  2. Do I see God has entrusted me with responsibility?
  3. Do I see God working through my life to bless others?

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2. Biblical Stewardship depends upon our GODLY RESPONSE.

He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Matthew 25:16-18 ESV

TIME: Does my calendar reflect the priority of disciple making? 

TALENT: Are my God-given abilities prioritized for disciple making? 

TREASURE: Do my finances show a priority to support disciple making? 

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 ESV

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3. Biblical Stewardship will be held ACCOUNTABLE by God.

“Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.” Matthew 25:19-27 ESV

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3.1 Everything we have is on LOAN from the Lord

Job 1:20; Psalm 24:1; Luke 12:13-21

3.2 The FIRST PART belongs to the Lord

Genesis 4:3,4; Exodus 13:1-2; Proverbs 3:9-10; Malachi 3:8-12

3.3 The REST is ours to MANAGE

Proverbs 6:6-11; 27:23-27

3.4 In all things we are to SEEK His kingdom FIRST

Matthew 6:25-34; 1 John 2:15-17

3.5 The Lord asks us to TEST Him

2 Kings 17; Malachi 3:10

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4. Biblical Stewardship will be REWARDED by God.

“‘So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” Matthew 25:28-30 ESV

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Two current OPPORTUNITIES for Biblical Stewardship:

  1. Gospel Ministry Budget
  2. Built to Last

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BUILT TO LAST
Equipping Faith that is Built to Last in a Decaying Culture

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV

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We are INVESTING in our STUDENTS.

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Ephesians 4:11-14 ESV

We are investing in our students by:
EQUIPPING

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Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. Hebrews 11:1-3 ESV

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6 ESV

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV

We are investing in our students by:
Equipping FAITH

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For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 1 Corinthians 3:11-13 ESV

We are investing in our students by:
Equipping Faith that is BUILT to LAST

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For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. Romans 1:21-28 ESV

We are investing in our students by:
Equipping Faith that is Built to Last in a DECAYING CULTURE

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FAMILY

Number 1
    “You shall have no other gods before me.”  Exodus 20:3 NIV

Number 2
    “You shall not make for yourself an idol”  Exodus 20:4 NIV1984

Number 3
    “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God”  Exodus 20:7 NIV

Number 4
    “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”  Exodus 20:8 NIV 

Number 5
    “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the
     land the LORD your God is giving you.”  Exodus 20:12 NIV

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CHILDREN
How do you honor your parents?

Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. 2 “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: 3 If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” Ephesians 6:1-4 NLT

“Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord…” Colossians 3:20 NLT

Obeying your parents is the right thing to do and it pleases the Lord!

A good name is more desirable than great riches..  Proverbs 22:1 NIV

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A few thoughts to remember from God to you…

Listen to your father; without him you would not exist.  Proverbs 23:22 GNT

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23 NLT

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13 NLT

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. 28 If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”  Proverbs 3:27-28 NLT

Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” 27 And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.  John 19:25-27 NLT

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Dad/Mom—It is easier for your children to honor you when you choose to live honorably.

“Children are great imitators, so give them something great to imitate.”  Anonymous

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PARENTS
How do you raise your kids?

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.  Ephesians 6:4 NLT

Don’t treat your kids in a crummy way.
Discipline them when needed, and help them to understand and live out the Scriptures.

“It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around your neck than to cause one of these little ones to fall into sin. 3 So watch yourselves!”  Luke 17:2-3 NLT

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him. Proverbs 22:15 NIV1984

Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death. Proverbs 23:13-14 NIV1984

Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. 5 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NLT

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.  Proverbs 22:6 NLT

Whoever does not care for his own relatives, especially his own family members, has turned against the faith and is worse than someone who does not believe in God. I Timothy 5:8 NCV

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Our series WALK IN LOVE:

Ephesians 5:1-21Imitators of God

Ephesians 5:22-24Wives

Ephesians 5:25-33Husbands

Ephesians 6:1-4Children

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. Ephesians 5:1 ESV

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God’s STANDARDS for Faithfulness in the Church 

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not become partners with them… Ephesians 5:2-7 ESV

Standard #1: Walk in LOVE

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…for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:8-14 ESV

Standard #2: Walk in LIGHT

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Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery… Ephesians 5:15-18a ESV

Standard #3: Walk in WISDOM and SOBRIETY

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…but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:18b-21 ESV

Standard #4: Walk in GOD’S SPIRIT

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God’s STANDARDS for Authority and Submission in the Church 

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Ephesians 5:22-24 ESV

Standard #1: Wives submit to your own husbands, as TO THE LORD

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Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church… Ephesians 5:25 ESV

Standard #2: Husbands, love your wives, as CHRIST LOVED THE CHURCH

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…and gave himself up for her… Ephesians 5:25b ESV
2.1: The love of Christ is SACRIFICIAL ACTION

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…that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word… Ephesians 5:26 ESV
2.2: The love of Christ is TRANSFORMATIONAL with TRUTH

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…so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:27 ESV
2.3: The love of Christ is PERFECTING in HOLINESS

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In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. Ephesians 5:28-30 ESV
2.4: The love of Christ is NOURISHING and CHERISHING

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“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:31-32 ESV
2.5: The love of Christ is FOR THE CHURCH

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However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. Ephesians 5:33 ESV

 

WALK IN LOVE summary for APPLICATION:

  1. Be imitators of God, as beloved children. (v.1)
  2. Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. (v.21)
  3. Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. (v.22)
  4. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church. (v.25)

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Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain and sat down there. 30 And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, 31 so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel. Matthew 15:29-31 (ESV)

Jesus can heal any relationship!

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Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Ephesians 5:22-24 (ESV)

Real life stuff. (Marriage & Kids)

It all starts with our relationship with Jesus. Whether you are married, single, young, old, or middle-aged, God calls you first and foremost to be a godly man or a godly woman.

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What does this word submit mean?  

To be ranked under in military order. 

Chosen by God (order and harmony).

For God shows no partiality (or favoritism). Romans 2:11 (ESV)

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free,
there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 (ESV)

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“God-intended role.”  

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8 (ESV)

Wives are to submit to their own husbands.  

This submission is not forced. The Christian wife who promises to submit does so because her vow is “as to the Lord,” to her own husband.

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This points to the bigger picture of what marriage is to be…

The Marriage reflects the relationship between Christ and his church.  

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All of our lives, our marriages, our families, our jobs are to point to something bigger—to redemption. To God’s plan of redemption accomplished through Jesus Christ.  

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