Today we started a new sermon series, Back to Basics, inspired by questions that came out of our last sermon series, Living A Better Story.
Sermon by Todd Lester, June 7, 2015
Ecclesiastes 10:10 (NIV) If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.
FOUR ESSENTIAL SKILLS
1. I MUST MASTER MY MOODS
Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Proverbs 25:28 A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.
– The Discipline of Acting Before Feeling
2 Corinthians 8:11 Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have.
– The Discipline of Reinforcing God’s Word
1 Peter 1:13 So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control…
Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Philippians 4:13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
James 3:2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.
2. I MUST MAINTAIN MY FOCUS
Luke 9:62 But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”
– The Discipline of Reviewing Your Life
1 Timothy 4:16 Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.
Proverbs 4:26 (NKJV) Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
3. I MUST MANAGE MY TIME
Ephesians 5:15-16 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.
Proverbs 12:11 A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.
– The Discipline of Scheduling Your Priorities
Psalm 90:12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
4. I MUST MAXIMIZE MY TALENTS
2 Timothy 1:6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.
– The Discipline of Lifelong Learning
Proverbs 19:8 To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.
– The Discipline of Lifelong Serving
1 Corinthians 3:13-15 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.
For Sermon discussion resources click here: June 7 Sermon Resources