Summary: Living a life of risk taking for God is the key to experiencing the abundant and adventurous life God has for us - this message is a challenge to a life of godly calculated risks.
Cultivating a Spirit of adventure.
Anyone here tonight who wants to live a boring life?
How about a meaningless life?
Jn.10:10 – “I have come that they might have life and have it to the full.”
Fear paralyzes us and prevents us from experiencing the abundant life.
Fear impacts every area of our life.
Fear of failure
Fear of death
Fear of rejection
1 Jn.4:18 – “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…”
Comfort zones imprison us and prevent us from experiencing the abundant life.
Our feelings will stop us from the uncomfortable.
Living room vs. outdoors.
Video games vs. real adventure.
Virtual life vs. real life.
Climate controlled life.
No risk, no rocking the boat, no danger, no life.
“I don’t watch movies, my life is a movie.” – Pastor Shaller (GGWO)
Walking by faith frees us from fear, comfort zones and meaninglessness.
Walking by faith is scary.
Each step sets you up for a bigger future step.
Walking by faith requires taking risks!
“Step out on a limb.”
Acts 19:29-30 – “Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia and rushed as one man into the theater. Paul wanted to appear before the crowd but the disciples would not let him.”
Our call: 2 Cor.5:7 – “We live by faith, not by sight.”
Faith is doing your part expecting God to do His part!
No risk No anything!
Wise risk vs. foolish risk
Wise risk in context of God’s Word and will.
Stepping out in areas God has called us to. Ex. Outreach.
Foolish risk: Doing things without using wisdom.
Areas of risk:
Physical body and health
Reputation: God’s will vs. peer pressure.
Possessions: Tithing, giving, spending wisely.
Relationships: Meeting people, Being vulnerable, honest and real.
Grades and GPA: Following Christ may hurt your GPA.
Future: Your ideas might go out the window, You’ll experience far more however.
Etc, Etc, Etc.
d. Good stress vs. bad stress.
Taking wise calculated risks will strengthen you.
You’re in a fight.
Satan – His purpose is to steal, kill and destroy you (Jn.10:10a).
World – The world constantly drags you down.
Flesh – Your flesh is fighting you and God in you (Rom. 7).
If you choose not to fight, you loose.
Put your armor on
Eph.6:10-11a – Finally be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand.
Belt of truth: Getting in the Word.
Breastplate of righteousness: God’s righteousness is given to us.
Feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace: Sharing your faith protects you!
Shield of faith - Faith protects you from lies: From Satan, From the World, From yourself.
Helmet of salvation.
Develop a lifestyle of taking risk.
Learn a new sport.
Do something spontaneous.
Practice sharing your faith.
Encounter your challenges head on, take a risk.
Don’t let the challenges rule you. “Die trying”
Be prepared for action.
1 Peter 1:13 – “…Prepare your minds for action…”