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Christian love is to be...

#1 - SUSTAINED, 1

#2 - BIG-HEARTED, 2

#3 - SYMPATHETIC, 3

#1 - The Christian is a living SACRIFICE.

#2 - We must be continually RENEWING our mind with the Word of God.

#3 - Only the renewed mind is able to DISCERN the will of God. 

Hebrews 13:1 - Let the love of the brethren continue.

#1 - A Statement of NATURE

#2 - A Statement of NECESSITY

#3 - A Statement of NURTURE

#4 - A Statement of NETWORK

#5 - A Statement of SPIRITUAL HEALTH

#6 - A Statement of NAVIGATION

How does free will work when it comes to salvation?  It has 3 needs:

#1 - It needs to be FIXED, 1:12-13

#2 - It needs to be TRANSFORMED, 3:1-16

#3 - It needs to be EMPOWERED, 6:37-45, 65

Conclusion:

Why does it matter?  

It's either God's will or man's will.  

He gets all the glory or you take some of it.

Who came to earth to the manger?  There are 4 insights or pointers to Who came:

#1 - His PROPHECY

#2 - His WORKS

#3 - His WORDS

#4 - His EXPOSITORS (His messengers: The Apostles & writers of scripture)

 

Conclusion: Why was it important for God to come to that manger?  3 reasons-

1) To handle your sins

2) To handle your sanctification

3) To handle your send off 

#2 - A DIRE Admonition, 25-27

#3 - A DELIVERANCE-Based Appeal, 28-29

Why is it so hard to say no to You and yes to Jesus Christ?   

Consider 5 reasons:

1) Because of NEGLECT - Ch2

2) UNBELIEF - Ch3

3) TRADITION - Ch6

4) DOUBT - Ch10

5) FEAR - Ch12

Don't get out of the Race!

There is #1 - A DIVIDING Analogy, 18-24

Mt. Sinai = LAW   Mt. Zion = GRACE

Consider 7 Benefits when you come to Mt. Zion through Jesus Christ:

1) Heaven

2) Celebration

3) Reservation (election)

4) Defense

5) Fellowship (w/OT saints)

6) Being w/ Jesus

7) The Blood Sprinkling (forgiveness)

2 Kinds of Repentance:

#1 - Repentance that Falls SHORT

#2 - Repentance that Finds SALVATION

See the examples in the Gospel of Luke:  Luke 5:27 - Luke 7:36 -  Luke 15 - Luke 18 - Luke 19 - Luke 23

Don't quit in this race!  It won't be easy, but here's 3 commands to keep you moving...

#1 - Renew STRENGTH, 12-13

#2 - Refresh INTENSITY, 14

#3 - Impact OTHERS, 15-17

#1 - The STRUGGLES in Discipline, 5

#2 - The SIGNS from Discipline, 6-8

#3 - The SHAPE from Discipline, 9-11

#4 - Our EXAMPLE, 2a

#5 - Our EXHILARATION, 2b

#6 - Our EMERGENCY, 2-4

What are the Elements for a good Run?

#1 - Our EVENT, 1c

#2 - Our ENCOURAGEMENT, 1a

#3 - Our ENCUMBRANCES, 1b

What Courageous Faith looks like:

#1 - Courage to Face GREAT CHALLENGE, 30-35

#2 - Courage to Face GRAVE CATASTROPHE, 35-38

#3 - Courage to Fix themselves on a GUARANTEED SALVATION, 39-40

The Things Faith Rejects:

#1 - True Faith Rejects the World's POSITION, 23-24

#2 - True Faith Rejects the World's PLEASURE, 25

#3 - True Faith Rejects the World's PURSE, 26

#4 - True Faith Rejects the World's PRESSURE, 27

 

The Things Faith Embraces:

#1 - True Faith Embraces the Lord's WILL, 23-27

#2 - True Faith Embraces the Lord's WAY, 28

#3 - True Faith Embraces the Lord's WARRANTY, 29

 

The Things Faith Rejects:

#1 - True Faith Rejects the World's POSITION, 23-24

#2 - True Faith Rejects the World's PLEASURE, 25

#1 - Isaac TRUSTED God, 20

#2 - Jacob HONORED God, 21

#3 - Joseph SUBMITTED to God, 22

How is Abraham's life an analogy of Christian faith?

#1 - GOING without Knowing, v8

#2 - LIVING without Having, v9-10

#3 - TRUSTING without Seeing, v11-12

#4 - RESOLVING without Receiving, v13-16

#5 - OBEYING without Doubting, v17-19

Three things that show Evidence of Noah's Faith:

#1 - Built on what God said had SAID

#2 - Expressed in his PREACHING

#3 - Possessor of God's RIGHTEOUSNESS

 

Conclusion...

Examine the Heath of your faith with these 3 things:

1) Examine your willingness to be led by scripture.

2) Consider how open you are to say hard and true things.

3) Bring everything back to His worthiness for you and not your own performance.

5 Perspectives on Ministry from the Life of Paul:

#1 - A View to GOD, 19

#2 - A View to the CHURCH, 20

#3 - A View to the LOST, 21

#4 - A View to My SELF, 22-24

#5 - A View to the LEADERSHIP, 25-28

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