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PARABLES - PRODIGAL SON

Gregory C. Magruder  Parkview Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL 04/19/15
 
“There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”
Luke 15:11-32
 
INTRODUCTION: We can experience grace-filled relationships. We do this by developing attitudes or dispositions of grace that reflect the gracious character of our Father in heaven. Jesus expressed grace and models the way we are to live. In order to teach us how we can develop grace-filled relationships, Jesus gave us the Parable of the Prodigal Son, also known as the Parable of the Loving Father.
 
WE MUST LEARN TO RECEIVE GRACE.
 
The prodigal son had an attitude of reckless rebellion (11-16).
 
The rebel moved from a spirit of defiance to an attitude of humility (17-20).
 
The way back from rebellion is to accept full and complete pardon (20-24).
 
WE MUST LEARN TO EXTEND GRACE.
 
The elder son had an attitude of self-righteous entitlement and arrogance (25-28).
 
The unforgiving son moved from pride to bitterness (29-30).
 
The way back from disappointment is empathy and compassion (31-32).
 
WE LEARN GRACE FROM THE FATHER’S LOVE.
 
The father had an attitude of persistent and unconditional love. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him” (20).
 
The father extended unrelenting generosity and mercy. “‘My son,’ the
father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found’” (31-32).

HOW CAN WE DEVELOP A DISPOSITION OF GRACE?
 
How to receive grace:
 
  • Acknowledge your sin and rebellion.
  • Accept forgiveness and pardon.
  • Celebrate
 
How to extend grace:
 
  • Admit your sin and pride
  • Love as you have been loved
  • Come alongside the restored sinner
 
There's a wideness in God's mercy
like the wideness of the sea;
there's a kindness in his justice,
which is more than liberty.
There is welcome for the sinner,
and more graces for the good;
there is mercy with the Savior; 
there is healing in his blood.

For the love of God is broader
than the measure of man's mind;
and the heart of the Eternal
is most wonderfully kind.
If our love were but more faithful,
we should take him at his word;
and our life would be thanksgiving
for the goodness of the Lord.

Words: Frederick William Faber, 1862

PARABLES - NEW WINE

Gregory C. Magruder  Parkview Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL 04/12/15
 
It’s a New Day!
Mark 2:18-22
 
INTRODUCTION: New Testament scholar Joachim Jeremias makes this startling claim: “Jesus’ parables are something entirely new. In all the rabbinic literature, not one single parable has come down to us from the period before Jesus…We stand right before Jesus when reading his parables” (The Parables of Jesus, 12). The parables of Jesus are unique. They contain the native language of Jesus, the scenes of everyday Palestine, the core elements of Jesus’ message, and the basic conflict his preaching produced. The word pictures Jesus painted with his parables resisted the religious stagnation, the spiritual confusion, and Roman militarism of his day. Jesus intentionally used the parables to present the Good News that the Kingdom of God was at hand. The parables of the new garment and the new wine in Mark 2 reveal that salvation has come in the person of Jesus!
 
JESUS BRINGS A NEW DAY!
 
*Jesus describes his coming as a wedding celebration and he is the bridegroom. It is time to feast not fast. Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast” (Mark 2:19-20).
 
*Jesus did not come to repair the old system; he came to establish a new era and a new way of doing things. “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins” (Mark 2:21-22).
 
*Jesus quoted Isaiah 61 to describe his mission and the new day: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners  and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,  to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19).
 
The new day of Jesus brings joy and favor to all who receive him.

JESUS BRINGS A NEW WAY!
 
*Jesus transforms the lives and habits of sinful and misguided people. Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him (Mark 2:13-14).
 
*Jesus rescues sick and hurting people instead of maintaining the rigid rules and regulations of those who think they are well. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
 
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:16-17).
 
The way of Jesus:
 
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).
 
The parables of the New Garment and the New Wine reveal that salvation has come in the person and work of Jesus!

EASTER SUNDAY

Gregory C. Magruder  Parkview Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL 04/05/15
 
What Will You Do with Jesus?
Mark 15:12
 
INTRODUCTION: Can you imagine living all your life and looking back and discovering that you were wrong? How would you feel? Would you want a do over? The Easter season provides us with the opportunity to ask ourselves about Jesus – his life, his death, his resurrection. What have you decided about Jesus? On the day of Jesus’ crucifixion, the Roman governor Pontius Pilate asked an angry crowd a question: What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” (Mark 15:12). There were at least three responses to his question that day. As we think about Jesus and the day he died, let me ask you the same question Pilate asked: What will you do with Jesus?
 
WILL YOU RESPECT HIM?
 
*Pilate admired and respected Jesus and believed in his innocence. “Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate, knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead (Mark 15:9-11).
 
*Pilate respected Jesus but he turned him over to be crucified. It is easy to rationalize Jesus away if you will not follow him. “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them. “Crucify him!” they shouted. “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”  Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified (Mark 15:12-15).
 
WILL YOU REJECT HIM?
 
*The mob refused to follow Jesus and chose to eliminate him. “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them. “Crucify him!” they shouted (Mark 15:12-13).
 
*Rejection of Jesus always leads to ridicule:
 
  • The soldiers mocked Jesus: And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him (Mark 15:18-20).
  • Scoffers passing by insulted him: Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!”(Mark 15:29-30).
  • The religious leaders scorned Jesus. In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself!” (Mark 15:31).
 
WILL YOU RECOGNIZE HIM?
 
*The Centurian recognized that Jesus was divine. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39).
 
* Paul recorded the testimony of those who recognized Jesus as the Son of God: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time...Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).
 
*It is not enough to recognize Jesus as the Son of God. You must also receive him as your Lord. Thomas was not present when Jesus appeared to the other disciples and doubted their testimony. When Jesus appeared to him, Thomas recognized and accepted Jesus as his Lord. A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:26-28).
 
*What will you do with Jesus? Don’t look back on your life and realize you were wrong. Give your life to Jesus today.
 

CORE VALUES

Gregory C. Magruder Parkview Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL 3/15/15
 
Core Values
John 14
 
Introduction: Values are caught or taught. Values are those underlying principles that are the foundation for everything we do. Sometimes those values are spelled out and written down. Other times those values are unspoken guidelines that govern the way we do things. Values determine our behavior. We may say we believe certain things but our behavior shows what we really believe. What we value determines what we do. We all have values that guide and govern our lives. We may not even be aware of those values, but when they are threatened or questioned, suddenly we become defensive or angry or very vocal. Individuals have values. Families have values. Organizations have values. Churches have values. We need to examine our values because values guide our decisions and actions. What are some of the core values of Parkview Baptist Church?  We believe in the Trinity but what values emerge from that belief that influence our actions?  Jesus restated some core values to his disciples in John 14. Let’s see them.
 
GOD, THE FATHER, LOVES US AND IS ALWAYS AT WORK AROUND US.
 
*God loves us and sent his Son as proof of that love. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
 
*God is doing his kingdom work and invites us to join him in his work just like Jesus did.  Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father…The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work” (John 14:8-10).
 
*We must always be sensitive to what God is doing around us and then join him in that work.
 
THE LORD JESUS IS THE HEAD OF HIS BODY, THE CHURCH.
 
*Jesus is the only way to be connected to the Father. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
 
*The Father has made Jesus the supreme authority over all creation and the church through Christ’s victory on the cross. The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation…And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross (Colossians 1:15-20).
 
*Jesus does the work of his Father and we follow Jesus. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it (John 14:11-14).
 
*Jesus is our boss and shows us our part in his church. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others (Romans 12:4-5).
 
THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDES US IN WHAT WE ARE TO DO.
 
*The Holy Spirit does what Jesus wants done. “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:15-17).
 
*The Holy Spirit intercedes for us and communicates to us. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:26-27).
 
*The Holy Spirit leads, guides and directs the church to do God’s will. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God…The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children…In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. (Romans 8:14, 16, 26-27).
 
*We must move with the Spirit.

DANIEL PLAN: Where Do We Go from Here?

Gregory Magruder   Parkview Baptist Church   Gainesville, FL   2-22-15
 
Where Do We Go from Here?
Hebrews 12:1-2
 
INTRODUCTION: The Bible uses the theme of life as a journey. The writer of Hebrews describes the Christian life as running a race. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2). We are concluding six weeks of the Daniel Plan. Where do we go from here? God did not bring us this far just to start the race; he wants us to finish the race. Let’s see how we can complete the five essentials of the Daniel Plan. Let’s keep running the race and set some goals.
 
MAKE FAITH CENTRAL TO YOUR RACE.
 
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith (Heb. 12:1-2).
 
I can do all this through him (Christ) who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).
 
·         Build spiritual habits into your routine.
 
·         Share your faith in Christ with others.
 
CHOOSE FOOD THAT ENHANCES YOUR HEALTH.
 
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
 
·         Maintain healthy food choices and encourage each other.
 
DEVELOP FITNESS PLANS THAT BUILD YOUR STRENGTH.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
 
·         Find an exercise that you enjoy and start moving.
 
CHANGE YOUR MENTAL FOCUS.
 
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:1-2).
 
·         Protect your brain through prayer, exercise, sleep and good nutrition.
·         Renew your mind through Bible study, meditation, stress reduction and an attitude of gratitude.
·         Develop a Christian mind and worldview through personal goals, a balanced schedule, and on-going learning.
 
CONNECT WITH FRIENDS FOR CARING SUPPORT.
 
Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
 
·         Become part of an on-going small group.
·         Spend time with other Christians.
·         Serve the Lord with a team of committed believers.
 
God did not bring us this far just to start the race; he wants us to finish the race.

DANIEL PLAN: Becoming Who God Meant You to Be

Gregory Magruder   Parkview Baptist Church   Gainesville, FL   2-15-15
 
BECOMING WHO GOD MEANT YOU TO BE
Psalm 139
 
“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!” Psalm 139:14 (NLT)
“A person who fears God deals responsibly with all of reality, not just a piece of it.”                                  Eccles. 7:18 (MSG)
 
FIVE FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE MY IDENTITY:
 
      “Life is like a hand of poker. You have to play the cards you’re dealt.”
 
1. My chemistry.
 
“You remember that it was because of an illness that I came to you the first time, preaching the Good News” (Gal 4:13 NCV).
 
2. My connections.
 
3. My circumstances.
 
4. My consciousness.
 
“For as a man thinks in his heart, so he is” (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV).
 
“Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life” (Proverbs 4:23 NCV).
 
“What I have always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come to be” (Job 3:25 NLT).
 
5. My choices.
 
 
FIVE WINNING CHOICES:
 
1. I can choose to get healthy.
 
“You made my body, Lord; now give me sense to heed your laws” (Psalm 119:73 LB).
 
2. I can choose to deepen relationships.
 
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear”
(1 John 4:18 NIV).
 
“Let love be your highest goal” (1 Corinthians 14:1a NLT).
 
“I pray that Christ will live in your hearts by faith and that your life will be strong in love and be built on love” (Ephesians 3:17 NCV).
 
3. I can choose to trust God no matter what happens.
 
“God knows us far better than we know ourselves... That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.  God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him” (Romans 8:27-29 MSG).
 
“I will praise the Lord no matter what happens” (Psalm 34:1 LB).
 
4. I can choose what I think about.
 
“Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think” (Romans 12:2 NLT).
 
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8 NLT).
 
5. I can choose Jesus as my savior.
 
“When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!”
(2 Corinthians 5:17 LB).

DANIEL PLAN- The God Factor

Gregory Magruder   Parkview Baptist Church   Gainesville, FL   2-8-15
 
THE GOD FACTOR—GOD’S POWER IN YOUR LIFE
The Awesome Power of Faith
 
What kind of person does God bless? What kind of person does God use?  It is people who are not afraid to trust God completely. That is what I call the faith factor. God blesses people who are not afraid to trust Him completely. When you do that it produces enormous power in your life. The Bible tells us there’s a direct connection between faith and power.  “Jesus did not do many miracles of power in His hometown, because of their lack of faith” (Matt. 13:58 Amp). In the Bible Abraham is called the father of faith. Why is he the father of faith? “Abraham’s faith did not leave him, and he did not doubt God’s promise; instead his faith filled him with power...” (Rom. 4:20 GN). Today we’re going to look at four ways that you grow in faith so that God’s power can be more evident in your life.
 
1.FAITH IS CHOOSING AND BELIEVING GOD’S DREAM FOR MY LIFE.
 
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Prov. 29:18 (NIV)
 
*Dreamers dare to ask. “God, by His mighty power at work within us, is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.”      Eph. 3:20 (LB)
 
*Dreamers believe God’s promises. “I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?” Jer. 32:27 (NLT)
 
*Dreamers dream big. Ask of Me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” Ps. 2:8 (NIV)
 
2.FAITH IS BEING WILLING TO RISK FAILURE.
 
“They risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
      Acts 15:26 (NAS)
 
“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”                      Daniel 3:17-18 (NIV)
 
“The fear of human opinion disables.”           Prov. 29:25 (MSG)
 
“Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else.” Gal. 6:4 (NIV)
 
  1. FAITH IS EXPECTING God TO BLESS AND USE ME.
 
“I expect and hope that I will not fail Christ in anything but that I will have the courage now... to show the greatness of Christ in my life here on earth, whether I live or die.”    Phil. 1:20 (NCV)
 
“I believe I shall enjoy the Lord’s goodness in the land of the       living.” Psalm 27:13 (NAB)
 
According to your faith will it be done to you.” Matt. 9:29 (NIV)
 
“Faith assures us of things we expect and convinces us of the existence
  of things we cannot see.”      Heb. 11:1 (GW)
 
4.FAITH IS NEVER GIVING UP.
 
“Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon.”  
  Psalm 31:24 (MSG)
 
 “My life hangs in the balance, but I will not give up obedience to  
   Your Word.” Psalm 119:109 (LB)
 
“Even if good people fall seven times, they will get back up.”
       Prov. 24:16 (CEV)
 
“Let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will
reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.” Gal. 6:9 (LB)
 
“Then the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, ‘Lord, I
 believe! Help me with my unbelief!” Mark 9:24 (KJV)
 
 Are you ready to believe?
 
 

DANIEL PLAN: The Group Factor

Gregory Magruder   Parkview Baptist Church   Gainesville, FL   2-1-15
 
WEEK 4: THE GROUP FACTOR
We Are Better Together
 
INTRODUCTION: We need each other. God says that the key to happiness is not independence but inter-dependence. We belong to each other. We need community in our lives. God wired you to go through life not as a solitary individual but in community. “Since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.” (Rom. 12:5b NLT). Today we are going to focus on love and relationships. We’re going to look at why we need each other.
 
 I NEED OTHERS TO WALK WITH ME.
 
“Just as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him...” Col. 2:6-7 (ESV)
 
“It is not good for man to be alone.” Gen. 2:18 (NLT)
 
“Let us not give up the habit of meeting together… Instead, let us encourage one another.” Heb. 10:25a (TEV)
 
  • Community is God’s answer to: LONELINESS
 
“When you gather, each one of you be prepared with something useful for all: Sing a hymn, teach a lesson, tell a story, lead a prayer, provide an insight… Take your turn, with no one person taking over. That way… you all learn from each other.” 1 Cor. 14:26, 30-31(Mes)
 
“As each part does its work, it helps the other parts grow, so Christ’s whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” Eph. 4:16 (NLT)
 
Open your homes to each other without complaining.” Peter 4:9 (TEV)
 
2.   I NEED OTHERS TO WORK WITH ME.
 
“God made us to do good works, which He planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.” Eph. 2:10 (NCV)
 
“Two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together.”           
Eccl. 4:9 (NCV)
 
  • Community is God’s answer to: FATIGUE
 
“Every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” Gal. 6:10 (MSG)
 
3.   I NEED OTHERS TO WATCH OUT FOR ME.
 
“Look out for one another's interests, not just for your own.” Ph. 2:4 (TEV)
 
“Keep being concerned about each other as the Lord's followers should.” Heb. 13:1 (CEV)
 
“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Eccl. 4:12 (NLT)
 
  • Community is God’s answer to: DEFEAT
 
“If one person falls, another can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble.” Eccl. 4:10 (NLT)
 
4.   I NEED OTHERS TO WAIT AND WEEP WITH ME.
 
“You should be like one big family, full of sympathy toward each other...” 1 Peter 3:8a (LB)
 
“If one member suffers, all suffer together.” 1 Cor. 12:26 (ESV)
 
  • Community is God’s answer to: DESPAIR
 
“Be happy with those who are happy, weep with those who weep.”    Rom. 12:15 (TEV)
 
“Encourage each other and strengthen one another.” 1 Th. 5:11 (GW)
 
5.   I NEED OTHERS TO WITNESS WITH ME.
 
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are My disciples.” John 13:35 (NLT)
 
“The Holy Spirit doesn’t want you to be afraid of people, but to be wise and strong, and to love them and enjoy being with them.” 2 Tim. 1:7 (LB)
 
  • God’s answer to fear is COMMUNITY.
 
“...You are working together and struggling side by side to get others to believe the Good News.” Ph. 1:27b (CEV)
 

DANIEL PLAN: Goal Setting - Setting Goals in Faith

Gregory Magruder   Parkview Baptist Church   Gainesville, FL   1-25-15
 
GOAL SETTING: Setting Goals in Faith*
selected verses
 
WHY I NEED TO SET PERSONAL GOALS
 
  1. Goal setting is a spiritual discipline.
 
      “God plans to bring all of history to its goal in Christ. Then Christ           will be the head of everything in heaven and on earth!” Eph.1:10 (GW)
 
  1. Goals focus my energy.
 
      “I do not run without a goal. I fight like a boxer who is hitting something—not just the air.”       1 Cor. 9:26 (NCV)
 
      “Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days.” Eph. 5:16 (NLT)
 
  1. Goals stretch my faith.
 
       “According to your faith will it be done to you.” Matt. 9:29 (NIV)
 
      “Everything that does not come from faith is sin.” Rom.14:23 (NIV)
 
  1. Goals build my character.
 
      Paul: “I do not claim that I’ve already succeeded or have already become perfect. I keep striving toward the goal for which Christ Jesus has won me to himself.” Phil. 3:12 (TEV)
 
      “Then we will be mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him.”    Eph. 4:13 (CEV)
 
  1. Goals give me hope.
 
      Job: “I do not have the strength to endure. I do not have a goal that encourages me to carry on.” Job 6:11 (NLT)
 
      “The plans I have for you are plans to prosper you, not to harm you. They are plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer. 29:11 (NIV)
 
WHAT KIND OF GOAL DOES GOD BLESS?
  1. Godly goals, the kind that God blesses, bring glory to God.
 
      “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”    1 Cor. 10:31 (NIV)
 
      “We make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.”         2 Cor. 5:9 (NIV)
 
2.   Godly goals are motivated by love.
 
      “Everything you do must be done with love.” 1 Cor. 16:14 (NLT)
 
      “Let love be your highest goal.” Cor. 14:1 (NLT)
 
3.   Godly goals fulfill one of God’s purposes for your life.
 
      “Do not use any part of yourselves to sin or to be used for wicked purposes. Instead, give yourselves to God… and surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes.” Rom. 6:13
 
      Paul: I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step.” Cor. 9:26 (NLT)
 
4.   Godly goals are set in faith.
 
      “Without faith it is impossible to please God...” Heb. 11:6 (NIV)
 
5.    They are achieved with God’s power.
     
      “We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.”            Prov. 16:9 (MSG)
 
      “You will NOT succeed by your own strength or power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord.” Zech. 4:6 (NCV)
 
      “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.” Prov. 3:5-6 (NLT)
 
 *from the Daniel Plan by Rick Warren

DANIEL PLAN: Principles for Lasting Change

Gregory Magruder   Parkview Baptist Church   Gainesville, FL   1-18-15
 
PRINCIPLES FOR LASTING CHANGE
What It Takes to Really Change*
Romans 12:1-12
 
INTRODUCTION: What does it really take to change? Romans 12:1-12 is the classic text on what it takes to change.
  1. DEDICATION: COMMIT MY BODY TO GOD.
      “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer YOUR BODIES as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.”       
      Rom. 12:1 (NIV)
 
      1st LAW OF CHANGE: Change is my choice.
 
3 WAYS TO OFFER YOUR BODY AS AN
ACT OF WORSHIP:
  • By cleansing my body. “Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates the body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV)
  • By caring for my body. “No one hates his own body but lovingly cares for it, just as Christ cares for his Body, which is the church.” Ephesians 5:29 (NLT)
  • By controlling my body. “Each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable.” 1 Thessalonians 4:4 (NIV)
 
“I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.” 1 Corinthians 9:27 (NLT)
 
  1. CONCENTRATION: REFOCUS MY MIND.
      Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind.”Rom.12:2 (NIV)
     
      2nd LAW OF CHANGE: To change my life I must change my
model. “Put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; and be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians  4:22-24
  1. EVALUATION: HUMBLY ASSESS MY CURRENT STATE.
      “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”        Rom. 12:3 (NIV)
 
            “… Be honest in your estimate of yourselves.” (NLT)
 
       3rd LAW OF CHANGE: I can only manage what I measure.
  1. COOPERATION: GET GROUP SUPPORT.
      “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ's body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.” Rom. 12:4-5 (NLT)
 
      4th LAW OF CHANGE: Change requires community. “In Christ, there is no difference or division between Jews or Gentiles, free people or slaves, male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus!” Galatians 3:28 (NIV)
  1. AFFIRMATION: FILL MY LIFE WITH LOVE
      “Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is evil. Stand on the side of the good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” Rom.12:9-10 (NLT)
  1. MOTIVATION: NURTURE MY ENTHUSIASM.
            “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Rom. 12:11-12 (NIV)

*from The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren
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