Sunday School Notes: May 26, 2019

CALLED TO BE LOVED

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

To understand your life purpose and understand your life calling you have to begin with God, because God created you.

Only your Creator can tell you what your purpose is.  Ephesians 1:4-6

The reason you’re alive is that God made you to love you.

  1. The first purpose of my life is to be loved by God. Jude1&2
  2. My first calling is this: I’m called to enjoy a relationship with God! Romans 1:7
  3. The relationship that God created you for is to be His son or His daughter!

1 John 3 and Ephesians 3:17-19

THE DIMENSIONS OF GOD’S LOVE:

  1. It is wide enough to be everywhere.
  2. It is long enough to last forever.
  3. It is deep enough to handle anything.
  4. It is high enough to overlook my sins.

FIVE THINGS THAT RADICALLY CHANGE MY LIFE WHEN I REALLY BECOME AWARE THAT GOD LOVES ME UNCONDITIONALLY, DEEPLY, AND ETERNALLY.

  1. I feel accepted rather than ashamed.

John 3:17-18

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned”;

Romans 5:1

“By faith we have been made acceptable by God.  And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we live in peace with Him.”

When you realize that God loves you unconditionally, you realize you don’t need the approval of other people.

Romans 8:33

“If God says His chosen ones are acceptable to Him, can anybody bring charges against them?

  1. I am bold in bringing my needs to God.

Romans 8:14-15

“All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God!  So, you should not be cowering, fearful slaves.  You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into His family–calling Him ‘Father, dear Father.’”

Romans 8:16-17

“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,”

When you become a child of God you get an all access pass.

Hebrews 4:16

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

  1. I have peace in pain I don’t understand.

God doesn’t owe you an explanation for why He allows anything.

Philippians 4:7

“The peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

It’s when you feel at peace even though you don’t understand what’s going on.

God’s love does not exempt you from pain or suffering in this life.

Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things [even the bad things] God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

  1. I gain the courage to take risks.

Our problem is not that we don’t love God; our problem is we don’t know how much He loves us.  Because if we did, we could not help but love Him.

1 John 4:18

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.”

John 1:12

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name”:

  1. I worship instead of worry.

Worship is simply expressing my love to God.

How do you know when you’re not feeling God’s love?  It’s real simple, when you begin to worry.

You need to choose worship over worry.

Matthew 6:25-34

 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you—you of little faith?”

God will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.

Romans 6:13

“Do not let any part of your bodies become tools of wickedness, to be used for sinning; but give yourselves completely to God—every part of you—for you are back from death and you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for His good purposes.”

The first calling and purpose of my life is to be loved by God.

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