40 Days of GROWTH

Our journey towards Christ-likeness here in His Life Ministries -- Central (Bacolod City)

Sunday, August 14, 2005

The 1st MESSAGE of 40 Days of Growth OUTLINE

WASTE NOT YOUR LIFE
Preparing for 40 Days of Growth
(adapted from PDL Kick-Off Message)

“Be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. Don't act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do.”
Ephesians 5:15-17 (NLT)


3 BASIC QUESTIONS

1. WHAT DOES GOD WANT FROM ME?
All of ME.


“Give yourselves completely to God since you have been given
new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right
for the glory of God.”
Romans 6:13 (NLT)

“This is what the Lord your God wants you to do: Respect the
Lord and do what he has told you to do. Love him. Serve the
Lord your God with your whole being.”
Deuteronomy 10:12 (NCV)

"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and
love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the
other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Matthew 6:24 (NIV)

“In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and
crown your efforts with success.”
Proverbs 3:6 (LB)


2. WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GROW?
Total Commitment.

“As they were walking along the road, a man said to him,
"I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes
and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place
to lay his head."
He said to another man, "Follow me." But the man replied,
"Lord, first let me go and bury my father." Jesus said to him,
"Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and
proclaim the kingdom of God."
Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back
and say good bye to my family." Jesus replied, "No one who puts his
hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."
Luke 9:57-62

“Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet
and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his
servant to tell those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is
now ready.' "But they all alike began to make excuses.
The first said, 'I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it.
Please excuse me.' "Another said, 'I have just bought five yoke of oxen,
and I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.'
"Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'
Luke 14:16-20

“Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the
sin that so easily hinders our progress.”
Hebrews 12:1b (NLT)

“Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.”
1 Timothy 4:7 (NASB)

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these
things will be given to you as well.”
Matthew 6:33 (NIV)


3. WHY SHOULD I DO THIS?
The Cross.


“He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves
but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
2 Corinthians 5:15 (NIV)

“Brothers and sisters, in view of all we have just shared about
God's compassion, I encourage you to offer your bodies as living sacrifices,
dedicated to God and pleasing to him.”
Romans 12:1 (GW)

“We beg you, please don't squander one bit of this marvelous
life God has given us!”
2 Corinthians 6:1 (Msg)

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”
2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

“Ang inyo himuon, magpadayon kamo sa pagtubo sa kaalam nga
ginahatag ni Jesu-Cristo nga aton Ginoo kag Manluluwas.
Siya ang dapat naton dayawon karon kag sa tion nga wala sang
katapusan! Amen.”
2 Peter 3:18 (Hiligaynon)

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