Archive for September, 2012

being good or being christian

the premise of this are my thoughts on

[living a moral life without the Honor of living for something]

versus

[living a life with the passion to be pure, holy, and authentic for Jesus]

My struggle with the former is this: What is the motivation to live this way? Where did the idea to live moral come from if there is no desire to honor something? Is living moral without honoring something besides ‘oneself’ honorable in itself?

And my disconnect stems from my own belief in something Greater than myself, I know that much, but a desire to overcome daily decisions to be free to do whatever without conviction is serious motivation and self discipline. This attitude is something Jesus himself portrayed. Jesus was only able to do this because He was God. How does a human overcome strong desire to live morally without the reassurance of something Greater? or even better the encouragement from someone Greater!

I have an understanding that I am not, will not be perfect. I also know that I do not Have to be. I know that Jesus’ love is without partiality. My sins are equal in weight and equally forgotten by Him. I have the strength to rely on greater strength. I have always heard that organized religion is for the weak. HA I laugh at this because it makes me much stronger when I can stand on something that is unchanging. Even in my weakness He is made strong. 2 Corinthians 12:19 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (emphasis mine) 

This my friends is why living morally and for something brings strength.

Ephesians 1:19 

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power

Selah

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First Class at Highlands College- Notes

Pastor Keith Lindsey

Theology of Biblical Servanthood

 

  • God is a God of purpose              
    • Purpose is who He is

 

  • Everything in life has a purpose

 

  • If you want to know the purpose of a thing, never askthe thing
    • You ask the Maker of the thing.
    • If you don’t know the purpose of thething, Abuse is inevitable!
      • Why are we sometimes bad husbands? (We lost the understanding of why God designed marriage.)
      • Purpose of a thing is wrapped up in the mind of the Maker.
        • “For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God” (1Cor 2:11)
        • The Maker of a thing usually writes its name on the thing it makes.

 

TEST MATERIAL!! Daniel 6: 1-1 It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, 2 with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. 3 Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.

 

  • Daniel was chosen because Daniel had values.
    • KNOW THE CORE VALUES!!
      • Love for God
        • Intimacy: Prayer, Bible Study, and Regular Fasting.
        • Purity: A life of holiness, integrity, and character.
        • Anointing: God-grace for the task.
        • Love for People:
          • Relationship: Building, maintaining, and enjoying strong relationships.
          • Influence: Developing a circle of influence.
          • Teamwork: Cooperation ahead of competition
          • Work Ethic:
            • Excellence: Demonstrating competence in your area.
            • Productivity: Setting Goals, taking risks, going the extra mile.
            • Frugality: Efficiency with time and money.
            • Attitude:
              • Servant: Considering other better than oneself.
              • Fun/Enjoyable: Having fun, enjoying life.
              • Loyalty: Devoting oneself to the call of God and to the church.
  • Love God more than ever before.
    • Prayer: I want to love You(God) more tomorrow than I did today!

John 21:15-18 [15] When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

[16] Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

[17] The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you. Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. [18] Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”

  • Deep and sincere love for people.
  • It is His love that compels us to do His will.
    • Get to a place where a love for people surpasses everything but God
    • Marriage(Relationships-in general) ought to be the first and best representation of loving others-Love them more than we love ourselves
  • Relationship-Building deep, strong, meaningful connection
  • Influence-Am I developing a circle of influence?
  • Team work-Do I put consideration ahead of competition?

 

  • Excellence- Constant pursuit of what is best

 

  • Highlands College-ME- extension of the staff of the church

 

  • Work Ethic: Am I giving it my all?
    • Am I productive?- Setting goals and meeting expectations
  • Frugal- Am I efficient with my time & the time of others?
    • Financially Frugal- Priorities
  • Attitude: Expressions
    •  Evaluate your heart
    • initiative- go the extra mile