Sun, 2019-04-14 12:15
7. Live Your Calling - “What On Earth Am I Here For”?
Subtitle: CELEBRATION SUNDAY www.victory.net.nz 14.04.2019
Today we celebrate the completion of our 40 Day Campaign.
Over the last 6 weeks we have focused on the 5 Callings and the 5 Purposes that God has for each of us.
1st Calling I am called to be loved = 1st Purpose Worship
2nd Calling I am called to belong = 2nd Purpose Fellowship
3rd Calling I am called to become = 3rd Purpose Discipleship
4th Calling I am called to bless others = 4th Purpose Ministry
5th Calling I am called to be sent = 5th Purpose Mission
It’s been quite a journey – a big commendation to everyone for getting on board with the campaign - today we want to take time to CELEBRATE.
- We celebrate God’s goodness towards us
- We celebrate all the good things we have learned over these 40 days
- We celebrate the new relationships that have been formed in our L Groups
- We celebrate the spiritual growth that has been achieve over these 40 days
Deuteronomy 11:2 (GNB) Remember today what you have learned about the Lord through your experiences with him ….
We’ve learned some amazing things about the Lord and His purposes.
We have had some amazing experiences with Him and with each other.
God has taken us on a 40 Day spiritual world tour, with Him being our Travel Guide. Through the Sunday messages, through our Small Group curriculum and discussions, and through our daily reading of our devotional book:
- God has shown us the great sites along the journey
- We’ve seen some of the great wonders of His world
- We’ve touched down in some places that we haven’t been before - and have had a taste, and seen that it is good
- We’ve had our eyes freshly opened – and seen what it’s like to live in His world – and live out His purposes for our lives
Today we won’t cover new ground. Instead, we’ll hit “replay” to review the high points that we have visited during the campaign to solidify what we’ve learned.
- WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED ABOUT GOD?
The first thing we’ve learned about God is: that it’s all about God, not about me.
Hebrews 2:10 (NCV) God is the One who made all things, and all things are for his glory. He wanted to have many children share his glory …
We started our 40-Day Campaign by saying:
- The purpose of our life is far greater than our personal fulfillment
- The purpose of life is far greater than our happiness
- The purpose of life is far greater than our own success, dreams, ambitions
Although these are all good – YET THEY ARE NOT THE PURPOSE of OUR LIFE.
Proverbs 16:4 (NLT) The Lord has made everything for his own purposes …
We are made by God and for God. When we understand that, life makes sense.
It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance and our destiny.
- WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED ABOUT LIFE?
Our life matters so much to God that He wants us to spend eternity with Him.
We have said that LIFE IS PREPARATION FOR ETERNITY!
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT) … God … has planted eternity in the human heart …
We learned that GOD PUT US ON EARTH FOR 5 PURPOSES … (not 5 options!)
These purposes are so important - we need to balance them for the rest of our life.
I was planned for God's Pleasure The Bible word is Worship
I was formed for God's Family The Bible word is Fellowship
I was created to become like Christ The Bible word is Discipleship
I was shaped to serve God The Bible word is Ministry
I was made for a Mission The Bible word is Evangelism
1st PURPOSE – WORSHIP – Called to be LOVED – planned for God’s pleasure
Revelation 4:11 (KJV) You … O Lord … have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created.
We found out that our life brings pleasure to God.
God wants us to remember this & experience His love for the rest of our lives.
Worship is simply MY RESPONSE to God’s love for me.
Romans 12:1 (GNB) So then, my brothers and sisters, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer.
Jesus told us how to do this:
Mark 12:30 (NKJV) … love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength …
- WORSHIP IS LOVING GOD… WITH ALL MY HEART AND SOUL
God is first and foremost interested in having all of our heart.
- WORSHP IS LOVING GOD… WITH ALL MY MIND
I get my mental focus off myself and on to God.
Romans 8:7 (Msg) Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing.
- WORSHIP IS LOVING GOD… WITH ALL MY STRENGTH
Romans 12:1 (Msg)…Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.
2nd PURPOSE – FELLOWSHIP –– Formed for FAMILY - Called to BELONG
You grow spiritually mature, not by living in isolation, but by getting around other people. Life is all about love – if we’re not around other people we have no opportunity to learn love them.
A major step of spiritual growth for many was that you joined a Life Group.
Proverbs 27:17 (NCV)… iron sharpens iron, so people can improve each other.
We'll continue our small groups - we can’t grow to full maturity without fellowship.
Hebrews 10:25 (GW) We should not stop gathering together with other believers, as some of you are doing. Instead, we must continue to encourage each other even more as we see the day of the Lord coming.
3rd PURPOSE – DISCIPLESHIP – I AM CREATED TO BECOME LIKE CHRIST – Called to Become
God wants us to GROW to DEVELOP the character of Christ in us.
God uses different things to grow us up:
HIS WORD, HIS MINISTRY GIFTS, HIS HOLY SPIRIT
4th PURPOSE - MINISTRY –I am S.H.A.P.E.D TO SERVE GOD – called to bless
We learned that God has uniquely shaped us to serve Him by serving others.
1 Peter 4:10 (GW) Each of you as a good manager must use the gift that God has given you to serve others.
5th PURPOSES – EVANGELISM - God has MADE me for a MISSION – Called to be sent
John 4:35 (LB) … Look around you! Vast fields of human souls are ripening all around us, and are ready now for reaping.
God says they are all around us -- people waiting hear the Good News. God will use you and I if we're available to share Christ with them.
NOW WHAT? START LIVING WHAT WE’VE LEARNED!
We have to put into practice what we’ve learned. We’ve learned about God’s Purpose over 40 Days, but we’re going to take the rest of our life to live them out.
John 13:17 (NIV) Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
The blessing doesn't come in knowing the purposes of God; the blessing comes in doing the purposes of God.
Ephesians 5:15 (Phillips) Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do.
We have to live life with a due sense of responsibility now that we know and been reminded of the the purpose of life.
…I was planned for God's pleasure, so I must live a life of worship
…I was formed for God's family, so I must fellowship with other believers
…I was created to be like Christ, so I have to grow up and develop His character
…I was shaped to serve God, so I must use my talents to serve other people
…I was made for mission; so I’ve got to share the Good News