Pastor Shane Ham : Living With Intention

Getting Out of Your Own Way · 51:26 · Recorded March 10, 2019

Living With Intention

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NIV) Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Growth Gap Traps

The assumption gap

I assume I’ll grow automatically.”

The timing gap

It’s not the right time to begin.”

The mistake gap

I’m afraid of making mistakes.”

1 John 1:9 (NIV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:7 (NCV) But if we live in the light, as God is in the light, we can share fellowship with each other. Then the blood of Jesus, God’s Son, cleanses us from every sin.

The inspiration gap

I don’t feel like doing it.”

Proverbs 20:4 (TLB) If you won’t plow in the cold, you won’t eat at the harvest.

The expectation gap

It shouldn’t be this hard!”

Making Growth Count

1. Ask the big questions now.

What will be the center of my life?

2 Corinthians 5:13-14 (MSG) Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do. Our firm decision is to work from this focused center.

What will be the character of my life?

Philippians 2:5 (NCV) In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus.

2 Peter 1:5 (MSG) So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character and spiritual understanding.

What will be the contribution of my life?

1 Thessalonians 1:8 (MSG) Your lives are echoing the Master’s Word.

Luke 12:42, 48 (NIV) The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge?…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

2. Change from accidental to intentional growth.

3. Do it now!

James 4:17 (NIV) “Anyone who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”

4. Face the fear factor.

2 Timothy 1:6-7 (BBE) For this reason I say to you, Let that grace of God which is in you, given to you by my hands, have living power. For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of self-control.

  • Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 again in your notes. How do intentionally work this out in your life as a part of your Christian growth? What part of this scripture inspires you the most? Why?

  • What “aha!” insights about “living with intention” hit you the most? Which of the “growth gap traps” do you identify with the most?

  • Looking over all the points from today’s message? What do you find yourself needing to think more about? Which do need prayer for?

  • Think of one thing that you are going to change in order to more fully “think and act like Jesus”. Share with your small group what that is. How are you going to change it? When are you going to start?

  • Review the three “C’s” under point #1. Spend some time in prayer asking God for his direction and clarity on each of these. Take some time to write them down. Be intentional about making a plan that you can check back on to track your growth and progress.

  • Look up 2 Timothy 1:6-7 in your Bible. Highlight, circle, or underline it. Take some time to write it out and work on memorizing it. When fear strikes you in any circumstance, claim this verse and pray it over your situation.

  • Elementary parents, today we began talking about God’s plan for money. When we follow his plan of Give, Save, Spend, we are honoring him with our money. Ask your children what we are demonstrating to God when we give back from what he has given us. Our bottom line today is Give to God First.

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