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Summary: Emphasises the need to have goal in the spiritual life

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SPECIFIC GOALS FOR MY SPIRITUAL LIFE.

Philippians 3:12-14 “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Introduction:

I. The most successful person is the person who has goals in his / her life. The goal is the object of ambition or effort, the destination to which we are shooting toward (POD, electronic copy).

II. When we know were we are headed for —know what are goals are—we can keep our life focused, simplified, meaningful, motivated and headed for eternity with God.

III. What specific goals do I have for my spiritual life?

a. To become like Christ.

b. Be a spiritual leader.

c. To Worship God with and in my life.

Body:

I. To become like Christ.

John 8:31-32. ”To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

II. Be a spiritual leader.

A. Be a spiritual leader in the Church.

1. 2 Timothy 4:1-5, esp. “…doing the work of the evangelist…”

2. 1 Timothy 3:1

a. “…sets his heart on being an overseer…” (NIV)

b. “…aspires…” (NASB)

B. Be a spiritual leader in my home. 1 Corinthians 11:3. Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

III. To worship God with and in my life.

A. Worshiping God with the saints—Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

B. Worshiping God on personal basis—Psalm 55:17 “Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.”

C. Giving my life daily to God as living sacrifice—Romans 12:1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship.”

Conclusion:

I have specific goals for my spiritual life. These godly goals are: 1) become like Christ, 2) become a spiritual leader, and 3) worship God with and in my life.

Paul’s formula is my formula for reaching my goals: live in the future, and not in the past!


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