Mr. Big Shot

James 2:1-9

Occasionally, we need to pause and put our ego in check. I tis possible for a Christ-follower to start ranking people in the church based on external distinctions. We may even start thinking we are superior to other people in the church because of external distinctions. Here is the question: Who do we think we are?

> v. 1 - The Instruction Ref Galatians 3:26-28

> v. 2-4 - The Illustration Ref. Proverbs 28:13

> v. 5-9 - The Inspiration Ref. Matthew 22:34-40 and Psalm 8:3-4, 9

a. The Lord’s Example (v. 5-7)
b. Royal Law (v. 8-9)

Run the Race Well

Hebrews 12:1-3

The Bible compares the Christian life to a foot race. We need to understand, it is more like a marathon than a sprint, and as Christians, we need to finish the race well.

> How do we run the race well? By running hard to the end!
Commitment, Sacrifice, Rearranging our priorities not just giving our spare time/
We must be ALL in!

> Why do we run the race well?
Because we love our Savior! Romans 5:8
Because we do not want to be disqualified! I Corinthians 9:24-27
Because we will receive a reward! 2 Timothy 4:6-8

> What is the basis for race rewards? FAITHFULNESS! I Corinthians 4:1-2

> Who decides who gets what rewards? JESUS CHRIST! 2 Corinthians 5:10

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Savor Some Certainties

I John 5:18-21

In today’s sea of uncertainty, there are some certainties that the Lord wants His children to savor and rest in.

We can Savor our Victor over Sin - (v. 18a.) Reference I John 1:8, 10 and Romans 7:15-25

We can Savor our Victory over Satan and his worldly domain (v. 18b-19) Reference Romans 6:17-18

We can Savor our Victorious Savior (v. 20-21.) Reference 2 Corinthians 2:14. Luke 24:44-45 and John 17:3.

What's Next? Determining the Will of God

Romans 12:1-2

As we celebrate and honor our graduates today, we know that commencement does not mean to end or finish, rather it means to begin, to start new! Yes, our graduates are ending their high school chapter but they are beginning a great new chapter in their lives. Today, we learn some principles on how to discern and follow God’s will - whether you are graduating or just seeking God’s will for your life at whatever stage you find yourself!

Romans 12:1-2 - We must settle the issue of who is in charge. Ref Philippians 2:13

Psalm 119:105 - We must search the scripture. Ref Mark 10-6-9

Romans 8:11-16 - We must sense the Spirit’s prompting.

I Peter 5:7 - We must surrender the responsibility to God - trust God’s timing and case all our anxiety on God.

Luke 9:62 - We must stay the course - unless and until God says change. Ref Philippians 3:13-4