Building on the Right Foundation

Matthew 7:24-26

Fact #1: You are building your life on some kind of foundation.

Fact #2: The storms of life will test the stability of your foundation.

Principles to Apply:

  1. Be careful what kind of foundation you are storm proofing your life with.

  2. Deeply secure your foundation through knowing and obeying Christ.

  3. Recognize that the greatest storm is yet to be faced and respond immediately.

Four Marks of a Godly Leader

Acts 20:17-37

  1. A Godly leader serves with humility and compassion. (vv. 19; 31; 36-37)
  2. A Godly leader exhibits transparent integrity. (vv. 18; 27)
  3. A Godly leader acts with courage. (vv. 19-24)
    1. He/she acts decisively, even in hardship.
    2. He/she has the courage to stay the course that God has set for him/her.
  4. A Godly leader is serious about declaring truth. (vv. 20; 27)

Honoring God's Design for Worship

1 Corinthians 11:2-16

  1. We should honor the Lord through our practical understanding of headship.
  2. We should be willing to limit our use of freedom so as to not dishonor, distract, or offend in worship.
  3. We should humbly focus on fulfilling our role in worship and family, instead of fighting it.

A Godly Path for the Christian Life

1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1

  1. Be devoted to Christ with your affections while still outward focused in your friendships.
  2. Be focused on what is truly good for others, not what is simply permissible.
  3. Be free of legalism, but guided by conscience.
  4. Be faithful in using your freedom for God's glory.
  5. Be an example of Christ for others to imitate.

Sidestepping the Landmines of Spiritual Pride

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

  1. Don't dabble with idolatry.
  2. Don't test the Lord.
  3. Don't let freedom lead to engaging immorality.
  4. Don't begin to grumble.
  5. Don't let your spiritual guard down.
  6. Don't believe that temptation has ultimate power over you.

Run To Win

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

  1. Eternal life hangs on the way we run.
  2. We run to obtain because we have been obtained.
  3. Our running is on the basis of what God did on our behalf.
  4. How do we run?
    • Run like a winner.
    • Give it all you got.
    • Run with self-control.
  5. How does this relate to the mission of the Church?