4 – Uncommon Life 1/28/18 (MS)
Theme verse: “The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world…” (John 15:19)
No one ever aims to be typical.
BIG IDEA: If you do what you’ve always done, you will have what you’ve always have had.
>> How to have a R.I.G.H.T. relationship with God:
Righteousness >> Pursue it.
“The Lord detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness.” (Proverbs 15:9)
Intimacy >> Experience it.
“As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. It is evil to make mindless offerings to God. Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few. Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool. When you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him. It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it. Don’t let your mouth make you sin. And don’t defend yourself by telling the Temple messenger that the promise you made was a mistake. That would make God angry, and he might wipe out everything you have achieved. Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead.” (Ecclesiastes 5:1-7)
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” (Psalm 46:10)
Grace >> Receive it.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Honor >> Cultivate it.
“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” (James 1:22-25)
Time >> Use it.
How uncommon do you think your life is? What are the areas you think may need to grow
or change to become more uncommon?
Todd talked about 5 areas (righteousness, intimacy, grace, honor and time) – which do you
find success in? Which do you struggle in the most?
Why do you think God cares so much that we live uncommon lives? How does that affect
the Kingdom here?
Why do our practices continually need to change? Why can’t we keep doing the same old
things when it comes to our faith?
How are you going to incorporate what your learned in this Uncommon series into your life?