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1st - FOLLOW Faithful Leaders, v7

Why should I follow the leaders in the church?

#1 - Because they GUIDE us. "Remember those who led you..."

#2 - Because they SPEAK God's Word to us. "...who spoke the word of God to you..."

#3 - Because they SET the Pattern of Faith for us. "...and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith."

3rd - Learn the SECRET of being Satisfied with what you Have.

4th - Lean Completely on God's PROMISE.

5th - Get Your CONFIDENCE from the Word.

The Principles of Contentment from Hebrews 13:5-6

1st - Make CHARACTER the Issue

2nd - Understand that MONEY isn't the Problem, LOVE Is.

3rd - Learn the SECRET of being Satisfied with what you Have.

to be continued...

How do you evaluate your relationship to God as it relates to sexual purity?

1st - DEFINING the Terms

2nd - DEFILING the Act

3rd - DOOMING your Future

4th - DIRECTING your Path..... 

.....and from 1 Thess 4:3-8.....

1) Get far away from sexual sin, v3

2) Learn how to control your body, v4

3) Don't copy the world, v5

4) Don't take advantage of others, v6

Christian Love is to be...

#1 - SUSTAINED, v1

#2 - BIG-HEARTED, v2

#3 - SYMPATHETIC, v3

#4 - SEXUALLY PURE, v4

1st - The PURPOSE of Marriage

Why does marriage exist?

1) Propagation

2) Prevention

3) Patching up your loneliness

4) Pleasure

How do we honor it?

1) Recognize that God designed it.

2) Choose the right person

3) Get married God's way according to God's will.

What to look for in a potential spouse?

    1-Character

    2-Creed

    3-Conduct

    4-Conversation

    5-Clothes

    6-Companions

4) Be a clear leader to your marriage

5) Be a clear submissive follower to your husband

6) Filter everything with love

2nd - The PRIVILEGE of Marriage

Four thoughts on this point...

1st - Sex is God's design.

2nd - Marital sex glorifies God.

3rd - Marital sex isn't for you, it's for your spouse.

4th - It's an indication of relational health.

3rd - The PARAMETERS of marriage

1st - Keep it regular

2nd - Romantic

3rd - Restricted

4th - Rousing

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

 

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