MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR WORLD | PT. 4

05.  I COMMIT TO BEING A MESSENGER OF HIS LOVE.

This is ultimately what is going to change the world – sharing one-on-one the good news of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:19-20 ”For God was in Christ, restoring the world to Himself.  This is the wonderful message He has given us to tell others. We are Christ’s ambassadors. God is using us to speak to others.”

Did you know you’re an ambassador? What is an ambassador? Somebody who represents somebody else, your country, or whatever. The Bible says when you become a believer, you become an ambassador for Jesus Christ.

You are the only Bible some people will ever read. For people around you, you may be the only Christian they ever know, they’re ever close to and talk to. We are to share the wonderful message He’s given us, to tell others.

What’s the best news you’ve ever heard? The best news I’ve ever heard is this – that everything I’ve ever done wrong could be completely forgiven and that I didn’t have to earn my way to heaven but it was a free gift and all I had to do was accept it by faith when I opened my life up to Christ.

That is the greatest news I’ve ever heard. The world is dying to hear that. The world is far more ready to receive that news than we are ready to share it.

Jesus Christ is the best news in the world. People need to know that their sins can be forgiven, that God loves them and has a plan for their life and that heaven is a free gift when we open up and accept God’s gift in faith based on Christ.

It’s pretty simple. It’s not that hard! You don’t have to be a theologian to share it. God loves you. He has a plan for your life and Jesus is the way to heaven.  Simple. You can be forgiven and He has a thing called grace that will help you through life. Everybody needs to hear that message.

As we move into the last days – there is only one sign of the times that we need to be concerned about. Matthew 24:14. So if you want Jesus Christ to come back soon, go start witnessing. It’s interesting that when Jesus, on His last day, when He was getting ready to go back to heaven, the disciples came to Him and said, “Tell us, Lord, what shall be the signs of Thy coming and the end of the age.”

They’re asking a prophecy question. They’re asking – when are You going to come back. Jesus said in the next verse “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons [translation: It’s none of your business.] But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be witnesses [telling your personal story] of Me in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the world.”

They were in Jerusalem. He said you will start in your home town, then you go to Judea – that’s the county next door – then you go to Samaria – that’s the people who are different from you. Then you go to the whole world. Ever expanding circles.

They wanted to ask a question about prophecy and His second coming and Jesus said forget that. It’s more important to think about evangelism, more important to talk about outreach, more important to talk about your life mission, more important to talk about sharing the good news with people who haven’t heard it yet.

The reason Jesus is waiting to come back is that not everybody has heard and not everybody has been saved that are going to accept it.

2 Peter 3:15 “Remember why He is waiting. He is giving us time to get His message of salvation out to others.” Every time you tell somebody about Jesus, share the Good News, and they come to Christ, you’re not only helping change the world, you’re taking history a step further to fulfillment.

These are the five commitments that God put in our hearts to make so we would fulfill the five purposes He put us on earth to fulfill. These are five purposes, which are taken from the Great Commandment, and the Great Commission define what it means to be a fully committed Christian. How committed are you?   Are you committed to one or two of these? Are you committed to three or four of these? Or are you committed to all five? Are you half committed, casually committed, or are you totally committed?

God is looking for people to use in this world. He’ll use you. He will use you to make a difference if you’ll make a total commitment of your life. I invited you to become a world changer by making these five life commitments.

And you won’t be doing it on your own. The purpose of Life Fellowship is to help you. Everything we do in this church is to help people fulfill one of these five commitments. Everything.

We have dozens and dozens of opportunities to help you fulfill these commitments. I know some of you are thinking, “I’d like to make these commitments but I’m afraid. I’m afraid that if I totally commit my life to Christ I’ll become a fanatic or I’m going to lose all my freedom or I’m not going to have any more fun.

So I just hold back. Or I’m afraid I won’t be able to keep those commitments.  The Bible says “God is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.” He’ll do the keeping.

You say, “I’m afraid if I make these commitments I’ll fall and I’ll fail and I’ll stumble.” You will. God doesn’t ask for perfection. He asks for commitment. He says these are the things I put you on earth to do, would you do them? Make that kind of commitment.

You say, “I’m afraid.  I guess I don’t love God enough. I don’t love Jesus enough.” That’s not your problem. The problem isn’t that you don’t love Jesus enough. The problem is you don’t realize how much He loves you.

If you did, you wouldn’t have any problems with commitment. If you really understood how much God loves you. He values you and made you for a purpose. He’s watched every moment of your life and wants what is best for you.  You’re not really living until you’re doing God’s purpose for your life. You’re just existing.

“You need to better understand how much God loves you.”

The ultimate expression of God’s love is when Jesus stretched out His hands on the cross and said, “I love you this much.”

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR WORLD | PT. 3

03. I MUST COMMIT TO BEING A MODEL OF THE LIFE OF CHRIST.

When you become a Christian, God says, “I want you to represent Me in the way you act. Be a model of my life. The term “Christian” used to be a derogatory term. When they first used it, it was a slur. An epitaph. It meant, You’re one of those Christ-ians.

The word “Christian” literally means “little Christ.” They’d say, “That person is just like that Jesus guy. She’s a ‘little christ’. He’s a ‘christ-ian.’” Has anybody ever accused you of being like Christ? Why not?

As you grow, God wants you to learn to act the way Jesus acted. Think the way He thought. Feel the way about life the way He felt. God wants you to learn to make decisions the way Jesus made decisions.

God wants you to treat people the way He treated people. My belief and my behavior, my attitudes and my actions have to come under the Lordship of Christ. We say, “I want to act like Jesus.  What would Jesus do in this situation?”

This is the goal of spiritual maturity. God wants you to grow up and be like Jesus. Be like Christ in every area of your life. How does that happen? Is there a Jesus pill I can take and the next day all of a sudden, I’m super saint?

No. There’s no podcast, no book, no single conference that you can go to that will make you all of a sudden super mature.  There’s no individual experience that will give you a quiver in your liver, make you instantly mature and you never sin again and you’re never tempted.

No, it’s a hard process. A long, hard process. It will take the rest of your life. But the secret of becoming like Christ is to get into the Bible. This has the mind of Christ, the attitudes, the actions – in this book.  The more you get this book into your heart and mind, then the more you’re going to be like Christ.

That doesn’t happen by accident. You don’t just buy a Bible and set it on your coffee table and, by osmosis, it fills the room and you feel spiritual. You can’t tuck it under your pillow at night and put your head down and think it’s going to seep through.

Do you know how you get this book in your heart and mind? You’ve got to commit to it. That’s the third commitment. It’s the commitment to God’s word because as I become committed to His word, I become a model of His life. You have to dedicate yourself to learning the Bible.

Hebrews 6:1 “Let us go on and become mature in our understanding as strong Christians ought to be.” Also: “Commit yourself to instruction, attune your ears to hear words of knowledge.” You’ve got to get into some Bible studies, get into this book.

Do you believe that all the answers to life are on television? Do you believe that all the answers to life are in the newspaper? In People magazine?

Do you believe that the answers to life are in God’s word, the Bible? Why do we spend more time watching and reading something we don’t believe than something we do? If I’ve got all kinds of problems and the answers are here, why would I go watch a TV show?

That doesn’t make sense. It’s a waste of time. If I’ve got a problem, I need to get into this book. I need to find out how to think the way Jesus thought. The Bible says that one of the marks of maturity is that you know the word.

“They must be committed to the revealed truths of the Christian faith and must live with a clear conscience.” If I’m going to be all that God wants me to be, I commit my life to Christ. Then I must commit to being a member of His family and a model of His life.

04. I MUST BE A MINISTER OF HIS GRACE

I’m not talking about being a pastor. I’m talking about being a minister. This is an important issue.

God put you on this earth and gave you certain gifts and talents on purpose. He expects you to use those talents and abilities to help others to make the world a better place.

Whenever you use your talents and abilities unselfishly to help other people, without thought of reward or remuneration, that’s called ministry. And every Christian is called to be a minister. A non-ministering Christian is a contradiction.

1 Peter 4 “God has given each of you some special abilities. Be sure to use them to help each other…” Notice it doesn’t say, “to retire on. . . to become famous with . . . to get a big ego over” but to help each other.  “. . .passing on to others God’s many kinds of blessings.”

If you want to be like Jesus, “Your attitude must be like My own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve.”  God expects you, if you’re going to be like Christ, to learn to serve.

Have you have been growing as Christians for months and months or even many years and you still don’t have a ministry. You still don’t have a place of regular service where you unselfishly give back without reward or remuneration. There’s a verse in the Bible that says, ”By now you ought to be teachers.”  Some of you have been a member of a Small Group for years and years. By now you could be leading a group. You say you don’t want to leave the fellowship of your Small Group.

The Bible says that one day you’re going to stand before God and He’s going to say, “What did you do with your life?  Did you make it count? Did you use your talents and gifts on anything besides yourself and making a living? Did you do anything to make the world a better place? Was there ever in your week a time when you could unselfishly serve in some kind of ministry?”

There’s one other commitment God wants us to make. If I’m going to be all that he wants me to be in life I have to be a member of His family, a model of His life, a minister of His grace – sharing with others – and then. . .

COMING SOON! BE LOOKING FOR THE 5TH AND FINAL COMMITMENT!!

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR WORLD | PT. 2

WHAT ARE THE FIVE COMMITMENTS THAT WILL CHANGE MY LIFE AND CHANGE THE WORLD AROUND ME?

01. I MUST COMMIT MY LIFE TO CHRIST.

That’s foundational. Before anything else can happen, you’ve got to get to know God. You were put on this earth to know God. He made you with that capacity to know Him. So the first thing I have to commit my life to Christ.

This is the most important issue in your life. There are other important issues.  Most of us know the career issue – “What am I going to live on?” And you don’t get out of school very long and you figure out, “I’m going to have to support myself.”

Life isn’t free. I have to figure out a way to make some money, bring in some income. So one of the first essential questions of life is “what am I going to live on?” Most people eventually figure that out. They get some kind of job or career.

The second question is the question of marriage – “Who am I going to live with?” Am I going to get married or am I going to stay single? And if I marry, who will I marry? Most people eventually figure that one out. They either stay single or get married.

You can mess up on those two questions – What Am I going to live on? And Who am I going to live with? It will bring pain to your life but it’s not eternal.

But if you miss the most important question, “Who am I going to live for?”  That has eternal implications. Heaven and hell are in the balance. This is the question of purpose. You’re going to live for someone.

You’re going to live for the approval of the world or the approval of your boss or the approval of a spouse or someone else or for yourself. Or you’re going to live for God who made you and made you for a reason.

You’ve got to start by committing your life to Christ.”

What does it mean to commit my life to Christ? Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Jesus made it so simple, nobody could say it was too hard to understand. He said, “Here’s what you do if you want to be saved and commit your life to Me.  You first believe God raised Christ from the dead and then confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord.”

Circle “Lord.” The word “Lord” is an Old English word for “the guy in charge, the CEO, the boss, the manager, the director.” God wants to be the director of your life. He wants to be the manager of your life. He has a plan for it.

Every commitment that you make in your life has a cost, a price tag. It has a benefit and a cost. And you have to look at that commitment and say, “Is the benefit worth the cost?”

Every time you make or keep a commitment, you’re growing maturity. You’re growing character, building solid maturity in your life.

What’s the cost of following Christ? You give up control of your life and put Jesus Christ in charge. You say, “No longer am I going to go out for my plans but I’m going to say ‘God, I want to fulfill the plan You put me on earth for. I want to be the person You want me to be. I want to do the things You want me to do.”  That’s the cost and it’s very clear and it’s very up front.

What’s the benefit? In the first place, you get all your sins forgiven. Second, you get power for living. Third, you get a purpose in life. Fourth, you get heaven when you die. A pretty good deal.

You’ve got to settle this first issue. Most of you have already made this first commitment. You’ve committed your life to Christ. If you haven’t done this yet, do it today. Open your life. Say “Jesus Christ, I open my heart to You.  I want to commit myself to You the rest of my life.”  Do that. But that’s just the foundation.  Once you’ve committed your life to Christ there is so much more that God has in store for you. There are four more commitments He wants you to make that relate to the four purposes. He doesn’t want you to just get to know Him.

02. MUST COMMIT TO BE A MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY

1 Peter 1:3 “God has given us the privilege of being born again so that we are now members of God’s own family.” Circle “members.” He doesn’t expect you to go through life without support.

He never meant for you to handle all your problems on your own. He wants to put support, encouragement, and other people around you which is why He created the family, called the church.

The Bible says it’s a privilege to be a part of the church. We take that for granted here in America. You can freely come and go. In many countries where it’s against the law to come to church and meet with other believers, they understand the privilege of being a part of God’s family. When you have the family name of some person that’s famous, it gives you extra privileges.

Remember American Express used to have the ad “membership has its privileges.” There are privileges of getting to know Christ. The first privilege is we get to be a part of His family.

Many do not believe that church membership is very important. But you and I need a family of God in our lives. First I need family support and secondly I need to be there to give someone else family support.

Just like a child without family is an orphan, a Christian without a church family is a spiritual orphan. And the Christian life involves more than just believing. It involves belonging!

You say, “I believe in Jesus.” That’s good. You’re halfway there. You also need to belong to His family. The Bible says we’re not only to be committed to Christ, but we’re supposed to be committed to each other. “Be devoted to one another.” Romans 12:10

God never meant for you to go through life on your own. You commit your life to Christ, but then the next step in your spiritual growth and maturity is to commit yourself to a flock, a family, a body of Christ – the church.

“Now, we have covered two foundational commitments of being a world changer – Stay connected for the next 3 commitments that will determine our reach.”

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR WORLD | PT. 1

In 1776, colonists signed their names to a radical document that would change the world, a document known as the Declaration of Independence. Knowing that these men would probably give their lives, they willingly put their names on this historical document.

The final sentence says this, “And for the support of this declaration and with a firm reliance and the protection of the divine providence [that’s God] we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

That’s called commitment. They pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. What have you committed that to in your life? That’s the power of commitment, because today the United States is the most powerful and influential nation in the world.

In 1943 a group of 100,000 young Germans in brown shirts crammed into the Olympic stadium, the largest stadium in the world at that time and they formed with their bodies a sign that said, “Hitler, we are yours.” That’s commitment.  And they took over a continent. Taking a World War II to liberate and release the Europeans from that bondage of Nazism.

Forty years ago a group of Chinese students took a little book called The Sayings of Chairman Mao, memorized it and said they were going to live by the book and die by the book and commit their lives to the book.

In what is now known as the Cultural Revolution the largest nation in the world, China, was in total upheaval over this commitment and even today one billion people – a quarter of the world – are under the domination of Communism because of the commitment of a few.

History teaches over and over that it doesn’t take a lot of people to change the world. It just takes a committed few. It doesn’t take a lot. It takes only a few, to achieve significant change. I don’t make any apology in saying that I think our nation needs a change.

I believe that our culture – our American culture – needs a Cultural Revolution.  In a place and time when the government is paralyzed by scandals, kids are killing each other week after week at school and truth is no longer absolute, something is terribly wrong. Terribly wrong… I believe that we do need a Cultural Revolution in our culture.

But I also deeply believe that the answer is not political. You don’t legislate people into being good. I don’t believe that the answer is educational. I believe the answer is spiritual. Because change takes place in the heart and you change society one life at a time. The heart of the problem, is a problem of the heart.

That’s why I’m writing and saying “It All Starts With Commitment.”

Nothing happens without commitment. Commitment is what gets the ball rolling.  Commitment is what turns dreams into reality. There are a lot of great dreamers in the world, but nothing happens until you wake up from your dream and you go to work. That’s called commitment.

Your commitments define your life. You are the sum total of your commitments.  Tell me what you’re committed to and I’ll tell you the direction you’re headed, and I’ll tell you where you’re going to end up.

Weak people are controlled and dominated and directed by their circumstances.  But strong people are directed and determined by their commitments. So, you’d better choose what you’re going to be committed to because that’s what you’re going to end up being.

The Bible says a lot about commitment. The Bible says that God is looking for people to use. God is looking for people who can make a difference in this world, who can make the world a better place.

But He has one requirement. If you want to be used by God, His requirement is this – 2 Chronicles 16:9 “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” Circle “fully committed”. God is looking for people to use, but you have to be fully committed.

What does it mean to be fully committed to Christ? Is there a difference between being partially committed, half-committed, casually committed and fully committed? Of course there is.

In fact there are five aspects of being fully committed to Christ. That I want to bring your attention to.

Did you know that God has five purposes for your life? That He puts you on this earth for five reasons? And if you miss any of these five reasons, then you miss the reason why you’re here.

God has these purposes for your life but He doesn’t force them on you. He gives you a choice.  And that’s where the commitments come in.

If you don’t commit to some of them, then your life will be limited – you’ll be less than God intended for your life to be.

What are the five commitments that will change my life and change the world around me? Stay connected, because tomorrow in Part Two we’re going to explore in depth the first two of the “5 Commitments Every Life Should Have.”

CELEBRATION FAMILY NIGHT | JULY 10th

Sunday, July 10th at 6pm | Celebration Spray Park | Cost: $5 per person or $15 per family.

Does the summer heat have you down? Do you need a little skip in your step? Well then this night of fun is exactly what you and your family need.

On Sunday, July 10th at 6pm, Life Fellowship will be gathering together at the Celebration Spray park here in good ol’ Allen, TX; one of the largest parks in Texas. We’ve rented a shaded gazebo and are providing pizza, cokes, and ice cream. Bring your lawn chair and relax, or enjoy a game of soccer or bocce ball on the fields.  Of course the night just wouldn’t be complete without allowing the kids to run free through the spray park. Register and pay today at Guest Services.

3 THINGS YOUR TEENAGER WON’T TELL YOU ABOUT SEX

Every week I get to spend hours with teenagers from different backgrounds and walks of life. And because of this I’ve been able to catch the heartbeat of a generation. I know what makes them tick and what they are really thinking.

And I can tell you without reservation that today’s culture saturates teenagers with sex. So, what I want to do is help take the guesswork out of this tough topic and help you navigate through the mind of your teen. Have you ever wondered what your teenager really thinks about sex? Or what’s really going on in their head?

Here are 3 things your teenager won’t tell you about sex.

01. The reason sex is something I’m interested in isn’t just because of the obvious. It’s more about being accepted and feeling loved.

A student is way more likely to seek acceptance and love through a sexual relationship if they aren’t feeling accepted and loved at home. When is the last time you told your teenager you loved them? They’ll never ask you to, but take time every week to encourage them and to build them up. If they know mom and dad love them then they won’t need to find love through a different method.

02. Not talking to me about sex just forces me to learn from MTV, movies, and from my friends in the cafeteria.

When it comes to the uncomfortable topic of sex a lot of parents choose to just avoid. This is probably one of the worst approaches to this subject. Your student is going to learn about the birds and the bees from someone, wouldn’t you rather it be you?

03. I know more than you think I do about sex. It’s all around me. Instead of trying to shelter me from everything; help me build accountability and guide me to better choices.

Some parent’s try to shelter their kids when it comes to sex. They’ll force them to watch, listen, and talk about only “appropriate” issues. Now, I do believe in guarding our children, but at the same time we need to help them understand the “why” behind the “what”. If they shouldn’t have sex before marriage, then why should they wait to have sex? If they don’t need to watch pornography, then why is it so bad when everyone else is saying it isn’t that big of a deal? Instead of just saying no, take time and help them understand why they need to make certain choices. Help build accountability where they can come to you and talk with you about sex. It may take time to build that trust, but it will be well worth the initial awkward moments.

NIGHT AT THE MOVIES | CARS 2

Sunday, June 26th at 7pm | Cinemark at 921 SH 121, Allen – No registration needed, price is based on your family’s needs.

Is Cars 2 the movie your kids have been begging you to go take them to? If so, then this is your chance to become a hero in their eyes.  On Sunday Night, June 26th, everyone at Life Fellowship is invited out to the Cinemark off of 121 in Allen, as we enjoy a night at the movies. There is no need to register and price is based on your family’s needs. This night is going to take your family into the fast lane.

INCREDIBLE DAD (FATHER’S DAY) JUNE 19th

This Father’s Day, God is giving you the day off! So come be treated like a King and join us for “Incredible Dad”.

You and your family will enjoy FREE Baskin Robbins Ice Cream, a Chick-fila give away, mechanical bull, and special message titled “Man Laws”. Plus, if that wasn’t enough, you can participate in our men only “Punt & Pass” competition which will happen directly after each service on the football field with hundreds of dollars in prizes, like: Craftman Tools and an amazing Stationary Bike! What are you waiting for? Take the day off and join us for this exciting Sunday for the whole family!

BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY

The big bold headlines of the “Sports Illustrated” cover story read: “MICKEY MANTLE: The Legacy of the Last Great Player on the Last Great Team.” Mickey Mantle had left an enormous legacy to the game of baseball. He had been Mr. Baseball to an entire generation. On August 15th, 1995 here in Dallas, Texas at the United Methodist Church, 2,000 well wishers gathered to pay their respects.

For the sports world, Mickey Mantle was it’s greatest baseball superstar, an American icon who loomed larger than life. Millions of young boys grew up wearing Mickey’s No. 7 on their Little League jerseys, dreaming of one day becoming just like their hero. But unknown to his admiring fans, Mickey Mantle, the Superstar, was being driven to self-destructive alcoholism and a life of regrets. On the field, he was America’s MVP, but off the field he was becoming crude and obscene through the influence of bar hopping teammates. He was growing into a wayward husband and a distant father – ignoring his wife, Marilyn and four sons, Mickey Jr, David, Billy and Danny. Under his direct influence, two of his sons became alcoholics. When they were old enough, their dad became a drinking buddy. Tragically, another son died at age 36 of an addiction to painkilling drugs. Idealized by millions, Mickey Mantle struck out at home. In the end, Mantle sought to change his life – and he did.  But by then, it was too late to undo the years of destructive influence on his family. Days after his death – People magazine – had on its cover in Big Bold Letters – “The Private Mickey Mantle: He played hard and lived harder, often at his families’ expense.” On the glossy cover was the full-face picture of a young, handsome, twenty-four year old Mantle, possessed with explosive athletic ability and superstar potential. But in the lower left-hand corner was a second photograph. A small insert on the cover portrayed the bitter ending of Mantle’s premature death. Here was a sobering picture of his casket – representing his old life. The stark contrast between these two pictures speaks volumes about Mantle’s two lasting legacies.

· Photograph One – young superstar, bright future, ready to leave his mark on the game for generations

· Photograph Two – revealed this famous father being carried in a casket, having squandered the most important legacy he could have ever left.

“His place in history as a baseball player was secure, his legacy as a father was forever lost.”

Leaving a spiritual legacy begins with the personal character of every dad. Who we are determines what we leave behind. Every father leaves a legacy with his children – no exceptions. The only question is, what kind of legacy?

A few years ago, a team of New York State sociologists attempted to calculate the influence of a father’s life on his children and the following generations. In this study, they researched two men who lived at the same time in the 18th century. One was Max Jukes, the other Jonathan Edwards. The legacy that each of these men left their descendants stands as a study in contrasts; they are as different as night and day.

Max Jukes was an unbeliever, a man of no principle. His wife also lived and died in unbelief. What kind of lasting influence did he leave his family? Among 1200 known descendants of Max Jukes were:

· 440 lives of outright wickedness and immorality

· 310 vagrants – no work ethic

· 190 prostitutes

· 130 convicted criminals

· 100 alcoholics

· 60 habitual thieves

· 55 victims of sexual abuse

· 7 murderers

Research that shows not one of Juke’s descendants made a significant contribution to society – not one!

What about the family of Jonathan Edwards? He was a noted Pastor and theologian. God used him to bring about the revival – “Great Awakening” to America. Later he served as the president of Princeton College.

Jonathan Edwards came from a godly home and married a woman of great faith. Together they sought to leave an entirely different kind of legacy.

· 300 Pastors – missionaries – Bible College professors

· 120 College professors

· 110 Lawyers

· 60 plus – Doctors

· 60 plus – Authors of substantial books

· 30 – Judges

· 14 – Presidents of Universities

· 3 – U.S. Congressmen

· 1 – Vice President of the United States

· Numerous leaders in Industry

THAT’S A LEGACY!

If you died today, what would your children remember you for? What would be your legacy to them? What your children take from your life, in large measure, will define your legacy as a dad. Your lasting influence upon their lives will mark whether or not you lived successfully as a dad. That will be your legacy.

The legacy I want to talk about – money cannot buy and taxes cannot take away.  It is intangible, invisible, and eternal. I’m talking about the spiritual.

· Far more valuable than a financial inheritance. It’s the spiritual inheritance that will truly enrich your kids lives, and it will mold their character – impact their eternal destiny

· A godly legacy is the only legacy really worth leaving. Your faith in Jesus Christ and the core values of His kingdom is what really matters

· It is the deliberate transferring of spiritual riches form your life to your kids. It is not a stock or bond portfolio – but godly virtues being invested into their lives

· It is a man’s personal integrity and righteous life that becomes the greatest blessing for those who follow him.

EPHESIANS 6:1-4 Says that as men, we are appointed by God to be the point person of our families. Therefore we must prepare – pass down and preserve a spiritual inheritance for our children. We have been chosen by God to leave certain essential core values – godly virtues – for the next generation

· I challenge you to think through two questions!

01. What are your core values?

02. What are you willing to die for?

· Identifying core values – will reveal what really makes you tick. Do you know your own personal values?

· Without question, the heartbeat of every Christian father must be his personal faith in Christ, out of that faith flows – the non-negotiable Kingdom of God. This is what must be passed on to our children

CORE VALUES:

01. Core values are those non-negotiable – essential principles and timeless truths – that we will not compromise.

· Core values are what count

· They are the hill worth dying on

· They are the heartbeat – the central life

· Core values are those common things that glue a group together

· Our families are absolutely no different!

02. Your Family:

· Our families are defined, directed, and driven by the core values we have put into practice in our home

· Can you put your finger on those core values?

· Every family has them, but not every family has the right core values – those articulated in the Word of God

LOOK AGAIN EPHESIANS 6:4:

· A Legacy of Godliness: Eph. 5:18-21

· A Legacy of Love: Eph. 5:22-23

· A Legacy of Obedience: Eph. 6:1

· A Legacy of Respect: Eph. 6:-2-3

· A Legacy of Gentleness: Eph. 6:4 (a)

· A Legacy of Maturity Eph. 6:4 (b)

· A Legacy of Discipline: Eph. 6:4 (c)

· A Legacy of Wisdom: Eph. 6:4 (d)

· A Legacy of Responsibility: Eph. 6:5-9

· A Legacy of Strength: Eph. 6:10-17

I believe in you, and I believe that God is able to help you create a legacy worth leaving!