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Summary: Part 2 of 7 in the teaching series "Storybooks, Fairytales & the Life God Wants You to Have"

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"Storybooks, Fairytales & the Life God Wants You to Have"

Part 2 - Slaying Your Dragons

NewSong Church - 11/23/08

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This week we continue our teaching series, "Storybooks, Fairytales & the Life God Wants You to Have." Over the next few weeks leading into the Advent season, we will be looking at principles from the Bible that help us live God’s ideals in our reality.

:: The Life God Wants You to Have ::

• Last week we asked the question “What kind of life do you think God wants for you?”

[SLIDE] - John 10:10

“I came so that they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” [The Message]

:: Experiencing God’s Ideals: Obedience ::

[SLIDE] - We can live life on God’s level when we exchange our ideals for His ideals.

• Living in obedience means that God’s Word becomes the final authority for all aspects of our life

• Living in obedience means surrendering to God, exchanging our life for the one He offers

[SLIDE] - Deuteronomy 28:1-6, 9

If you listen obediently to the Voice of God, your God, and heartily obey all his commandments that I command you today, God, your God, will place you on high, high above all the nations of the world. All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God, your God: God will form you as a people holy to him, just as he promised you, if you keep the commandments of God, your God, and live the way he has shown you.

[SLIDE] - We can live life on God’s level when we exchange our ideals for His ideals through obedience to His commands & principles.

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:: Enter the Dragon

• In the storybooks, there is often a villain that must be overcome before the “happily ever after”

• These villains represent standards, methods and ideals that are in direct conflict with the hero

• They stand in the way of the hero and the goal

• In order for the hero to win the day, theses villains must be confronted and defeated

:: Obedience Challenge – Adam & Eve

• Adam & Eve in the Garden, in the place that God created just for them

• Living the life that God wanted for them

[SLIDE] - Genesis 3:1-6

“The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”

“Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.”

:: A Thing or Two About Dragons


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