This is part three of our mini-series Vital Signs with Pastor Mark Vincenti finishing with Pursuing Spiritual Vitality.
Key Scriptures: Galatians 4:19, 2 Peter 3:18, Psalm 1, Philippians 2:12-13 Encouraging Thought: Every person can experience spiritual vitality by putting intentional effort into our relationship with the Lord.
The goal of the spiritual life is that we become like ____________.
2 Peter 3:18 We are called as Christians to __________ in our spiritual lives. (Grow)
“Growth in godliness requires _____________.” ~Kevin DeYoung (Exertion)
“Grace… is opposed to _____________, not to _____________.” ~Dallas Willard (earning, not effort)
Action of Abstinence (what NOT to do):
Action of Engagement (what TO do):
2 T’s of spiritual Trees:
Pray & Ask the Lord: “How do you want me to respond? Is there a next step that You want me to take?” 2. Consider Opportunities available at C.P. Check the bulletin under the Connect category you are interested in: God – Others – Ministry – World.
Vital Signs – Relational Health (Colossians 3:12-14)
Relationships are the stuff of life. Whether you look to secular research or biblical truth (Ecclesiastes 4), joy over time does not come from wealth, success or achievement, but from the presence of people in your life.
Let’s look at some relational vital signs from Colossians that will give us some feedback, and help us assess how we’re doing relationally.
When people interact with you, do they sense that they are a ___________ to you, or ____________ by you.
Are you able to stop ____________ about your life long enough to be ___________ in and speak in to someone else’s life?
As we grow in ________________, our capacity for _______________ grows.
4. Gentleness. (John 5)
Patience is the ___________ dimension of relational health.
Join us for the Relationship ReStart sermon series starting September 24th.
Note the four-week elective, The Crazy Cycle In Marriage, also starts September 24th.
Consider trying out a group experience at CP. Make up your own group! We’ll help you. Contact Pastor Mark Vincenti for more information.
Ask someone this week who knows you well how you’re doing relationally with these vital signs.
For one day, pay attention to the proportion of positive to negative interactions you have with others. Reflect and pray about what you observe, and ask God for help in specific areas where you need to be more positive and less critical.
We’ll do better on 90 percent with God than 100 percent without him.
Giving is a heart deal. It’s not intended by God as an obligation. It’s not intended as a rule that you’re supposed to observe with a grudging spirit. Giving is an exercise in joy.
One more piece of wisdom on the saving front from Proverbs 13:22: “A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children…” What’s the greatest gift you can give those coming after you? Surprisingly, it’s a will. Seventy percent of all Americans die without a will. Then their families who are grieving often have to deal with a financial mess with no direction given. A will is a gift for people you love. How are you doing on that vital sign?
(Matthew 6:9-10, Mark 1:14-15; Luke 8:1, 9:1-2, Matthew 6:33, Luke 14:13, Romans 14:17)
So if you were going to try to sum up Jesus’ message in a few words, what would they be? His good news is this: the Kingdom of God is near and here—and we have the ability to live life in God’s presence and God’s power—in Jesus, it has become available to ordinary people like you and me.
His one command (to his original recipients and to us down the road at CP): Pursue the kingdom. His one plan—for His people to extend the kingdom.
This was Jesus’ strategy and He only had one: that He would form out of His followers a group of people empowered by the Spirit of God that would model for the world a radically different way of life through which the Kingdom of God would begin to break into this sorry, dark world. We are called to be kingdom extenders… This is God’s vision for CP.
It is our desire to work together to help you see transformation in your life, grow in love, and discern and follow your calling for bringing the kingdom of God to earth.