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Living to Please God

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Sermon shared by Anthony Zibolski

March 2010
Summary: Message given on Girl Scout Sunday. Living a life that is pleasing to God is the most important thing you can do.
Denomination: Nazarene
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Living to please God
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12



Introduction




Good morning. This morning I want to talk for a moment about living a life that pleases God. A life that you are not ashamed for God to see. A life that is a model of Christ rather than a rebellious and self-gratifying. We have looked for several weeks at the book of James in a series called “faith that works”. We are not going there this morning because it wouldn’t be fair to those that haven’t been here from the beginning. I am keeping the theme this morning- practical living, living your faith, and pleasing God. Who by the way is the most important one you want to be pleased with your life. Apostle Paul and Timothy are writing the Thessalonian church. The Thessalonian church is a carbon copy of what our society looks like today. The church with it’s believers smack down in the middle of a city that was out of control with it’s immoral behavior, in a society that is centered on self-gratification and a society of believers that struggled to live a life that God would be pleased with.
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Here’s a fact you can write down. In the middle of a world that is centered on what you can do for me.. In a world that pleasing God is the last thing they want to do.. You and I with God’s help can live a life that is pleasing and.. Live a life that is full of excitement and joy and.. Live a fulfilled life.
Illustration (Sermoncentral)
A mother was preparing a salad for the evening meal when Ken asked permission to go with a few friends to see a R-rated movie. Ken knew the family rule was to not attend any movies rated stronger than PG, but he thought, just this once, my parents might give in. Ken’s mom went to the pantry and began to get small bits of trash and throw it in the family’s dinner salad. Ken protested, mom, what are you doing? Your putting trash in the salad. Mom replied, I thought you would not mind a little trash with your meal. It is just a small amount. Without a word, Ken, got the word and decided not to go to the R-rated movie. Apostle Paul (v1) “We instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are now living, now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.”
Listen to me- most have been raised in a Christian homes, most have heard the way that you are suppose to live. 66 % of kids raised in the church after high school are leaving the churches. Because God is not relevant? No Because they have bought into the lie that God isn’t concerned with how we live. He is more concerned that we are happy. Buying into professors who have no heart for God tell them that what you think and feel is more important than God’s clear directions and guidance for our lives.
Question asked frequently- What is God’s will for my life? (Take a fishing pole out) We begin fishing in the worldly pond trying to find what God wants for our lives. God’s will is found by asking God. You will never find God’s will for your life if you are not asking God. God takes our desires, our gifts, and He desires to work out a plan for our lives.
- God’s will is that you love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and body, and that you love your neighbor as much as yourself.
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