"The List - PowerPoint"
The List God and His Lists • Genealogies: Matthew 1 • Heroes of faith: Hebrews 11 • Moral Attributes: 2 Peter 1:5-11 • Sins: Galatians 5:19-21 • His own attributes: Exodus 34:6-7 • What He has done: Psalm 136 • What Israel did wrong: Psalm 106 The Bucket List • Witness something truly majestic • Help a complete stranger • Laugh till you cry • Drive a Shelby Mustang • Kiss the most beautiful girl in the world • Go skydiving • Pyramids/Rome/Stonehenge Consider This List • Love • Joy • Peace • Patience • Kindness/Goodness • Faithfulness/Gentleness • Self-Control God’s Wisdom • What you see is up to you • Here are the qualities that will enable you to actually enjoy your journey • These things help you enjoy the amazing and the ordinary • These qualities work for everyone • They work everywhere Remember What to Remove • Impurity in thought and deed • Idolatry/corrupt speech • Enmity/Strife • Jealousy/Envy • Outbursts of anger/malice • Dissentions/Factions • Drunkenness • Selfishness Ecclesiastes 11:10 • “Vexation from our heart” • Self-pity • The dark moods • Anger • “The world owes me” • The insistence upon immediate gratification • Selfishness Romans 1:14-15 • “I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. Thus, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome” My List needs to include obligations to be fulfilled. Start this list early in life Hebrews 9:27 • “Inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” • Death will end the ability to express my gratitude and love to people (Ecclesiastes 9:6). We are all “dying”, some just slower than others. • Death runs in my family Thank You to Parents • Obeying with honor (Ephesians 6:1-2) • Taking care of them as they age (Mark 7:9- 13) • Remember the family stories—especially the circumstances surrounding conversions • Remaining faithful, “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth” (3 John 4) Be An Arrow • Psalm 127:4-5 • “I had great parents” • “I had a wonderful childhood” • “They did not over-protect me” • “They were not hypocrites” • “I was blessed” • “What they believe it true” Thank You to a Spouse • Being a happy mate (Ecclesiastes 9:10) • Fulfilling my vows • Remaining faithful to God • Listening carefully to their hopes and dreams and seeing what I can do to make some of them come true Ecclesiastes 5:4,6 • “When to make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it, for He takes no delight in fools. Pay what you vow…Do not say in the presence of God that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry on account of your voice and destroy the work of your hands?” Thank You to Siblings • A good Christian example • Keeping the family close—especially after the parents die • Teaching my children the truth so that the cousins will all have a common faith (Jude 3), and so that family reunions will be times of spiritual refreshing and edification Obligations to Myself • Save myself! Acts 2:40 • Finally beating that habitual sin • Going an entire year without giving in • Taking care of my soul • Booking my eternal vacation How? • Have a definite strategy • Accept the fact that this sin never delivers • This temptation is always a lie • I have needs that only God knows how to meet • All I have to do is beat it today • There is always a way out • My desires are not too strong, rather they are too weak Obligations to the Lost • Places that I want to evangelize • Thinking of fresh approaches to reach a friend that needs saving • Getting good material in their hands • Writing down why you believe • Being ready: 1 Peter 3:15 Obligations to Children • Writing down a list of vital lessons that I need to impart to them • Begin to write letters to my children, letters about my life, the lessons I learned, the things that I prayed for—concerning them, the happiness they gave me, my desires for their future, and all the times that God delivered on His promises Prepare Them • “Not all churches of Christ are the same” • “You will run into hypocrites” • “People will tell you….” • “You will be tempted to think….” • “I have been there myself” My Thank You to God • Appreciating His grace • 1 Corinthians 15:10 • Being useful to Him • Silencing the Critics 2 Timothy 2:21 • “Therefore, if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work” Tell the Truth • Luke 16:25 “Remember” • “I had many opportunities to obey the gospel” • “God has treated me better than I deserve” • “The worst did not happen” • “God has been merciful to me” • Psalm 103:10 Be Honest • John 3:19-21 • If you fall away---tell the real reason • If you go into error—be honest about it • Proverbs 5:11-14 • People tried to help me • My parents taught me well • Christians reached out to me—they tried to involve me • The teaching and preaching were good • “I did not listen” Accept His Gracious Offer • Listen to the Gospel—Hear it! • Believe—stop resisting the obvious • Repent—end the rebellion • Confess—admit what is reality • Be baptized—trust His way of saving you • Be faithful—never cease being grateful