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LIVE YOUR CALLING: WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?

YOU ARE CALLED TO BELONG – Part 1

  1. Your first purpose in life is be loved by God.
  2. Your second purpose in life is to belong.

Hebrews 2:10

“God is the one who made all things, and all things are for His glory.  He wanted to have many children share in His glory.”

  • God formed me for His family.

Ephesians 1:9&10

“His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ.”

  • God’s family is called the church.

1 Timothy 3:15

“I am writing to you… so you will know how to live in the family of God. That family is the church of the living God, the support and foundation of the truth.”

  • I’m called to belong to His church.

Ephesians 2:19

“So now you are no longer visitors or strangers.  Now you are citizens together with God’s holy people.  You belong to God’s family.

Romans 1:6

“You are among those who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ.”

Church is not something you go to.  Church is something you belong to.  It is not an event and it’s not a location.  Church is a relationship.

THE FIVE BENEFITS OF BELONGING.

God designed His family, the church, to meet your five deepest needs.

  1. In God’s family I learn my true identity.

But the truth is, most of your identity comes from your relationships.

Ephesians 2:19

“You are members of God’s very own family… and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.”

Your most important family is God’s family.

Your spiritual family is actually more important than your physical family.

When you get your identity from your spiritual family, then you get a long-term identity.

What matters most is your spiritual identity.

Hebrews 2:11

“Jesus and the people He makes holy all belong to the same family.  This is why He [Jesus] isn’t ashamed to call them His brothers and sisters.”

Baptism is the public symbol that says I’m not ashamed to say I’m a part of the family.

Acts 2

“Those who believed what Peter had said were baptized and added to the church about three thousand that day.”

The second metaphor that God uses to describe the church, He says the church is like a temple.

1 Corinthians 3:16

Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and His Spirit lives in you?”

In a building, all the connected parts support each other.

  1. In God’s temple I’m supported by others.

There are going to be times in your life when you need other people to hold you together.

Ephesians 2:21&22

“In Christ the whole [body] building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.  And in Him [Jesus] you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.”

You need identity and you need stability.

You weren’t meant to go through life disconnected.

Romans 1:12

“I want us to help each other with the faith we have.  Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you.”

This is what we call the mutuality of the body or the building of the family.

Your second purpose in life is to belong.

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LIVE YOUR CALLING: WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?

YOU ARE CALLED TO BELONG – Part 2

  1. Your first purpose in life is be loved by God.
  1. Your second purpose in life is to belong.

THE FIVE BENEFITS OF BELONGING.

God designed His family, the church, to meet your five deepest needs.

  1. In God’s family, I learn my true identity.
  1. In God’s temple, I’m supported by others.

The third description or metaphor that Scripture uses for the Church is that of a body.

1 Corinthians 12:27

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”

We complete the body and we accomplish together what we could never do on our own.

  1. In Christ’s body, I discover my unique value.

Romans 12:4-5

“Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ’s body.  We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do.  We belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.”

  1. The body of Christ, the church, is made up of many parts.

God made us all different and we’re all many parts and everybody’s needed.

You cannot be what God made you to be without a church family, without being connected to Christ’s body.

1 Corinthians 12

“If your foot says, ‘I’m not a part of the body because I’m not a hand,’ that doesn’t make it any less a part of the body.  And if your ear says, ‘I’m not part of the body because I’m only an ear and not an eye,’ would that make it any less a part of the body?” 

 

Ephesians 4:25

“In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other.” 

 

The fourth description or metaphor the Bible uses for the church is a flock, like a flock of sheep.

Psalms 100:3

“God made us and we are His.  We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.”

Psalms 23

“Because the Lord is my shepherd, I have everything that I need. He lets me rest in meadow grass and He leads me beside quiet streams.  He gives me new strength.  He helps me to do what honors Him the most.  Even when I’m walking through the dark valley of death I won’t be afraid, for You are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way.  You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my enemies. You welcome me as Your guest; blessings overflow!  Your goodness and unfailing kindness shall be with me all my life, and afterwards I will live with You forever in Your home.”

John 10

“I am the good shepherd.  And the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.  A hired hand runs away because he cares nothing for the sheep. But I am the good shepherd and I know my sheep and my sheep know me.  I lay down my life for my sheep.  They listen to my voice and they follow me and I give them eternal life and they will never perish.  No one will ever be able to snatch my sheep out of my hand.”

  1. In God’s flock I’m protected, and I’m cared for.

You need some people who walk into your life when everybody else walks out of your life.

In the flock of God, God has created two kinds of people who will step up for you.

  1. The first is Pastors.

The Greek word, Poimen, means shepherd.  Pastors are to shepherd the flock of God.

1 Peter 5:2

“Take care of God’s flock, His people, that you are responsible for.  Watch over them because you want to, not because you’re forced to.”

Hebrews 13:17

“Obey your spiritual leaders and do what they say.  Their work is to watch over your souls, and they know they are accountable to God.” 

  1. The second thing God provides are Life Groups.

Fifty-eight times in the Bible the phrase “one another” is used.

“Love one another…Care for one another… Help one another…Encourage one another…Support one another…Pray for one another…Greet one another…”

Galatians 6:2

“Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way, you obey the law of Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11

“Encourage each other and give each other strength.” 

 

Here are the questions: Who’s looking out for you?  Whom are you looking out for?

The final description in the church is called a garden.

John 15:1& 5

“I am the true vine. And my Father is the gardener.” 

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.”

  1. In God’s garden my life becomes productive.

John 15:4-5

“A branch cannot bear fruit if it’s severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful apart from me, Jesus says.  I am the vine and you are the branches.  Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. But apart from me you can do nothing.”

God has placed you in this garden here at ABT so that you can be spiritually productive.

If you really live the life that God made you to live:

You need power to live on

You need people to live with

You need principles to live by

You need a plan to live out and

You need a purpose to live for

Ephesians 3:21

“Glory belongs to God in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time and eternity.”

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YOU ARE CALLED TO BECOME

Live Your Calling: What On Earth Am I Here For? – Part 1

  1. You are called to be Loved.
  1. You are called to Belong.

III. You are called to Become.

Romans 8:28-29

“We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.  For God knew His people in advance and He chose them to become like His Son so that His Son would be the firstborn with many brothers and sisters.”

My third calling in life is to Become like Christ.

He wants you to take on the characteristics of His family.  Like Father, like Son.

The Bible compares becoming like Jesus to running a race.

  1. Simplify my life.

If you’re going to become the believer God wants you to be, the first thing you’ve got to do is to let go of some things.

Hebrews 12:1

“Let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up. Let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.”

That word (anything or activities) in Greek is the word “oikos”, and it actually means a weight.

God has a particular race for your life and only you can run it.

I can’t do God’s plan for my life and my plan at the same time.

You can’t please everybody else and please God.

  1. Don’t get impatient or in a hurry.

God’s plan to make you the person He wants you to be is a lifetime plan.

God says, “I’m not in a hurry growing you to where I want you to grow.”

You spell maturity TIME.

Hebrews 12:1 “Let us run with patience the particular race that God set out before us.” 

  1. Spend time focusing on Jesus every day.

If you want to become like Jesus you need to think about it.

You can’t soar with the eagles if you’re running with the turkeys.

The reason why God has never talked to you is, because you’ve never been quiet long enough.

If the devil gives you a thought – that’s temptation.  If God gives you a thought – that’s inspiration.

Hebrews 12:2, “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish.

Luke 22

“Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives to pray.”

You need to choose a special place where you meet God every day.

2 Corinthians 3

“All of us have had that veil removed so that we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord.  And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him and reflect His glory even more.”

We want a quick fix in our life.

There is no instant spiritual maturity.  It just doesn’t happen.  It takes time.

If you spend time with God, you’re going to start reflecting the qualities of God.

When you spend time with God and you focus on Him, your mirror neurons begin to reflect God’s love; God’s qualities in your life.

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