A new six part series has started at the church I worship at called “Game Plan”. We will be looking at the most practical ways to discover and embrace God’s game plan for our life. The first in the series was yesterday titled “Fundamentals of the Game”. To listen or view you can click this link.
God communicates with clarity his game plan for our life but sometimes in our culture, it’s hard to understand. In Christ, God communicates how we can all win a spiritual Heisman trophy. The fundamentals of the game are loving God, making a difference, significant relationships, a life mission, and a growing faith.
Below is an outline of the message. The words in black are notes provided by the church staff and the notes in blue are notes I added as I listened to the Podcast.
1. LOVING GOD IS FUNDAMENTAL.
The scripture below defines who we are:
“ ‘Teacher, what must I do to receive eternal life?’ Jesus replied, ‘What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?’ The man answered, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ‘Right!’ Jesus told him.’ ” – Luke 10:25b-28a (NLT)
Many times we try to figure things out all by ourselves. Life can be complicated because there are so many strategies and books on how to be successful. We can work hard and think we can figure it out but the ONE who made us has the answers how to truly make it work.
2. MAKING A DIFFERENCE IS FUNDAMENTAL.
“Jesus came and told the disciples, ‘I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ ” – Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)
What we do in this world will resonate in eternity. We all want to have a life that matters because that’s how God made us. He made us with a drive, a dream, and a hope.
3. SIGNIFICANT RELATIONSHIPS ARE FUNDAMENTAL.
“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from His love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and sympathetic? Then make Me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose.” – Philippians 2:1-2 (NLT)
When we join a church, we become a part of a family with a purpose that is extremely important. We get to choose Christ and be a part of God’s family.
4. A LIFE MISSION IS FUNDAMENTAL.
“As You sent Me into the world, I am sending them into the world.” – John 17:18 (NLT)
God sent Jesus and Jesus sends His disciples so the world will learn His way. We can achieve great things and be successful but what really matters? What do we put into our tool box to fix or maintain life? Do we think about the dollar signs, the houses, the cars? What we need to put in the box is the cross.
5. A GROWING FAITH IS FUNDAMENTAL.
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts, Do not think only about things down here on earth. For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” – Colossians 3:1-3 (NLT)
Join us next week and we will continue to define what needs to go into our tool box. I hope this video will give a lift for your day as you consider the importance of putting in the things of God: Me Without You – TobyMac.
- Job 36:5-6 – DOES GOD DESPISE ME? (pastorross1.wordpress.com)
- Personal Encounter with Jesus: ground for discipleship (junjunfaithbook.com)