Summary: The things in life that will matter eternally.
21, April 2002
Dakota Community Church
Issues of Life
My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart;
For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.
Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.
10Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen and understand. 11What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ’unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ’unclean.’ "
12Then the disciples came to him and asked, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?"
13He replied, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. 14Leave them; they are blind guides.  If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit."
15Peter said, "Explain the parable to us."
16"Are you still so dull?" Jesus asked them. 17"Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ’unclean.’ 19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20These are what make a man ’unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ’unclean.’ "
- It is the heart issues that matter before God.
11It is written:
" ’As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ’every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will confess to God.’ " 12So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
I want to talk tonight about the things that matter in life, the things that will matter on that day, the issues of life.
MOST PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT MATTERS.
No clue to peace, joy, happiness.
They think it is found in things, other people, and other places!
THREE ISSUES OF LIFE:
This issue answers two Questions:
a.) What does God think of who I am?
b.) What do I think of who I am?
27Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel 28without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved
Who are you when no one is looking? Can you be trusted?
Illustration: Charlie Brown and Linus.
Charlie brown asks Linus "What would you do if you felt that nobody liked you?"
Linus responds "Well Charlie Brown I guess I would take a real hard look at myself, ask if I am doing anything that turns people off, How can I improve myself? Do I need to change in some way? Yep thats my answer Charlie Brown."
Charlie Brown says, "I hate that answer."
33 Teach me, O LORD, to follow every one of your principles.
34 Give me understanding and I will obey your law; I will put it into practice with all my heart.