Branded: #10 Live on Purpose
July 15, 2018
BRANDED – 10
10 Marks of a Disciple:
1. Passionately Committed to Jesus Christ
2. Extraordinary Love for People
3. The Heart of a Servant
4. Sensitive and Submitted to the Holy Spirit
5. A Life Built on God’s Word
6. Lives Morally Pure
7. Evangelistically Bold
8. Engages in Biblical Community
9. Lives Generously
10. Lives on Purpose
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Proverbs 16:4 NLT The Lord has made everything for his own purposes... You are alive to fulfill God’s purpose in life!
Ephesians 1:11-12 MSG “It’s in Christ that we find out WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE ARE LIVING FOR. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall PURPOSE HE is working out in everything and everyone.
THREE PURPOSES IN THE LIFE OF A DISCIPLE:
1. To KNOW GOD.
Because relationship is better than religion.
“Because of this incident I came face to face with one of the enemy’s most strategic agents…it’s the agent of familiarity…his commission from the black hole is clear…and it’s final…take nothing from your victims…only cause them to take everything for granted.”
“The enemy of our life is the expert of robbing the sparkle and replacing it with the drab. He invented the yawn and his strategy is slow but sure.
The devil won’t steal your salvation but he will make u forget the feeling of being lost.” – Max Lucado, When God Came Near
The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. - C.S. Lewis
"The presence of God stirs the core of a person like nothing else can." -D.L. Moody
2. To SHARE LIFE.
Matthew 18:20 NLT For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.
Ecclesiastes 4:8 NIV There was a man all alone, he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIV "Two are better than one."
"If on falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up."
Because circles are better than rows.
Romans 12:5 NLT Since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.
Four Levels of Relationship:
1. I know and you know.
I need people who really know me.
1 Corinthians 2:11 NIV For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him?
2. I know but you don’t know.
I need people who will protect me.
2 Corinthians 4:2 MSG We refuse to wear masks and play games…Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open...
James 5:16 NIV…Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed…
3. I don’t know but you know.
I need people who will be honest with me.
Proverbs 27:6 NKJV Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
4. I don’t know and you don’t know
I need people who will grow me.
Ephesians 4:16 NLT …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.
Proverbs 18:24 NIV A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
3. To SERVE OTHERS.
Because it is better to give than to receive.
Believers live for success, disciples live for significance.
Three Levels of Life:
The survival level
The success level
The significance Level
Philippians 2:3-4 NKJV Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Success vs. Significance: (for screen only)
SUCCESS asks, “How can I add value to MYSELF?”
SIGNIFICANCE asks, “How can I add value to OTHERS?”
“If I pursue SUCCESS, my JOY is the result of my SUCCESS.”
“If I pursue SIGNIFICANCE, my joy is the result of OTHERS’ SUCCESS.”
SUCCESS can last a LIFETIME.
SIGNIFICANCE can last FOR ETERNITY.
John 15:16 NIV You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last…
1 John 4:7-12 NIV Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
“Most of our brother Christians showed unbounded love and loyalty never sparing themselves and thinking only of one another. Heedless of danger, they took charge of the sick, attending to their every need, and ministering to them in Christ, and with them, departed this life serenely happy. The heathen behaved the very opposite way.
At the first onset of the disease they pushed the sufferers away, and they fled from their dearest, throwing them away in the roads BEFORE they were dead, and treated unburied corpses as dirt, hoping thereby to avert the spread of the contagion of the fatal disease.” - Bishop of Alexandria
“Recent Christian growth is caused by their MORAL CHARACTER…even if PRETENDED…and by their benevolence towards strangers…I think that when the poor happen to be neglected…and overlooked by the pagan priests, the impious Galileans observed this and devoted themselves to benevolence. The impious Galileans not only supported their poor, but OURS AS WELL, everyone can see that OUR PEOPLE lack aid from US.” - Emperor Julian, a pagan priest
Parabolani - gambler or reckless one
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