Summary: We devise all these plans. Plans to win ball games, plans to succeed in life, and for our children to succeed, and plans to live good when we retire. What about a plan that will help us grow spiritually? Do you have a spiritual game plan? What about a
By: Mark Engler, Mt. Vernon Christian Church, Mt. Vernon, MO
This Sermon is part outline and part full-text and adapted from a former sermon of mine.
Your Spiritual Game Plan
Prop: You can’t expect growth unless you plan for it.
Ø Talk about games plans for basketball, football, baseball
Ø Talk about game plans for life.
o Girls planning and dreaming about their wedding.
o When you have children you form some kind of plan in raising your children.
o In our jobs or careers we devise plans that will help us climb the ladder that will lead us to success.
o We sock away money so we’ll have a good nest egg when we retire.
§ Bill Weber’s idea about if a 18 year old had 8,000.00 when he was 18 and if he/she didn’t spend the money on a car or something like that and saved it in a retirement plan until he/she was ready to retire they would have over 1 million dollars to retire on.
Ø We devise all these plans. Plans to win ball games, plans to succeed in life, and for our children to succeed, and plans to live good when we retire.
Ø What about a plan that will help us grow spiritually? Do you have a spiritual game plan?
Ø What about a plan that will bring others into the saving knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
Ø Why don’t we have plans for that? Why do we wander around aimlessly when it comes to maturity in Christ and when it comes to reaching the lost people of this community, state, country, and world?
Ø Where’s our plan?
Ø I hear of people saying that they are not growing spiritually. There has been at least one person leaving this church and there have been people leave churches all over the country because they say they are not growing spiritually.
Ø For some of that the church and church leaders are to blame, but I believe a major part of it is because people just don’t put any effort into their spiritual lives.
o They don’t go to Sunday school
o They don’t go to any Bible Studies
§ One reason I have heard in the past for not going to these things is because they are too boring.
§ Well, do you participate? Do you speak up? Do you ask questions when you have them?
§ Bible study and Sunday school is not so much what the teacher puts into them, as it is what the students put into them. The students are what really makes the class, not so much the teacher.
Ø Read Col. 3:1-3
Things To Do:
1. Set Your Hearts on Things Above, vs. 1
The first thing he says to do is “Set your hearts on things above.” I think what Paul is saying here is to seek the things above, matter of fact the NASB I believe says those very words. He’s saying seek what is above first, get what is really important in your lives in control then everything else will fall into place.
Mt. 6:33 says; “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness…” If our priorities are set in the right order we will be seeking God and His kingdom first.
Isaiah 55:6 says, “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is
near.” Acts 17:27 says; “….they should seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us” (NASB)