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Summary: Jesus has given and preserved for us His Word and sacrificed Himself upon the cross for a reason and purpose that is far broader and greater than the simple salvation of our eternal souls. The salvation of our eternal souls and re-birth of our spirits i

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RISING TO THE OCCASION

Series: “7 Spiritually Healthy Habits”

Perth Bible Church Sunday, November 8, 2009 AM

Rev. Todd G. Leupold

INTRODUCTION:

As His children the Lord God Almighty has presented us, by grace through faith in salvation through Jesus Christ, with an abundance of blessings and opportunities. With these blessings and opportunities, He has also charged us with a purpose and a pre-plotted course for our life's journey.

Like all great adventures, however, it is a long journey across many very different lands and terrains and that requires the completion of many smaller challenges before the Ultimate Quest is completed. Over the course of the journey He has set before us, there are paths of ease and paths of great difficulty; destinations where we will find rest and peace and destinations where we will find opposition and challenge; places where we will have the opportunity to meet and be joined by faithful companions and places where we will meet up with those intent upon our destruction; experiences that will increase our awe of God's goodness and beauty and experiences that require us to face an evil and ugliness that threatens to overwhelm us. This, my friends and fellow travelers, is LIFE unplugged!

Jesus has given and preserved for us His Word and sacrificed Himself upon the cross for a reason and purpose that is far broader and greater than the simple salvation of our eternal souls. The salvation of our eternal souls and re-birth of our spirits is but the starting point and foundation for our living out the fullness of His life!

John 10:10 A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance.

Philippians 2:12-15 So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to will and to act for His good purpose. Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world.

I've mentioned before that an important part of my early discipleship as a follower of Christ was Scripture-based Christian music. One of the first and most powerful such messages, which remains constantly echoing in my mind to this day, was a song by the pioneering group Petra.

Just listen and read along with the lyrics:

Beyond Belief

We're content to pitch our tent

When the glory's evident

Seldom do we know the glory came and went

Moving can seem dangerous

In this stranger's pilgrimage

Knowing that you can't stand still, you cross the bridge

(Chorus)

There's a higher place to go, beyond belief, beyond belief

Where we reach the next plateau, beyond belief, beyond belief

And from faith to faith we grow

Towards the center of the flow

Where He beckons us to go, beyond belief, beyond belief

Leap of faith without a net


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