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Summary: God did not create us to stand around and watch life pass us by.

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Living a No-Regrets Life Series

Unreasonable Faith

July 5, 2009 FBC, Chester Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker

Introduction

A Love our self pg. 34: “In fact, loving ourselves is a biblical command. Jesus Himself said this in identifying the greatest commandments: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37-39, TLB). Most of us understand we are to love God first and that we are to love our neighbor, but we miss the last part of the message: we are to love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves. Jesus indicates that before we can really love others and make a difference in their lives, we have to first love ourselves.”

1 We’ll cover others, struggles, legacy...but first we’ve got to have our heads screwed on straight.

a Not selfish!

B For some people, their favorite day of the week is “someday.”

1 Someday, I’ll...show my spouse I love them, spend time with my kids, live for God, get my life together.

a Someday when my schedule isn’t as busy, finances are more stable.

aa Someday, one day. When...if. Wake up guys-this is life.

bb Right here, right now...while you’re hearing this sermon.

cc Someday is right now.

b God has not created us to stand around & watch life pass us by.

aa He created us to take risks & conquer the giants that paralyze us with fear.

bb Some of you flinched when I said “take risks”, let me tell you why.

cc If you take a risk, you must reliquish/surrender control/let go & simply trust in God.

c Today, we’ll learn how to take risks with our faith & how we can conquer our biggest fears that stop us from living a no-regrets life.

2 Pray

I We’ve got to take risks!

A Have you noticed when someone knows their time is short, they are more inclined to live on the edge? (Skydiving, mountain climbing, white-water rafting, bungee jumping, ride across country on a bike, etc.)

1 I’ve noticed people nearing the end of their lives facing their fears & taking risks.

a They left the safety of their surroundings, stopped worrying about what people thought (or might say) about them.

b They didn’t think about failing or wasting time...regret far outweighed either of them.

2 They made the difficult calls to estranged relatives & friends; had conversations with their kids about what mattered most.

a Asked for forgiveness for the things they regret, or for the things they felt were undone.

b Acted like a billionaire who was down to his last $100.

B We’re to be like a teenage boy named David when he stepped forward in a death match with a giant named Goliath.

1 This 12-foot-tall loudmouth had been badmouthing his God & God’s people.

a There were thousands of Israelite soldiers, King Saul...but no one made a move to shut Goliath up.

aa Why? Playing it safe. Not taking any unnecessary risks.

bb (IL) Hard work never killed anybody...but I don’t want to take any risks.

b Then Saul said to David, "You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth." 1 Sam 17:33 (NASB)


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