In this last message of our ExtraOrdinary message series, we looked at the life of Paul. Next to Jesus, Paul is the most comprehensive model of Christian behaviour that we have in the Bible. In this series, we looked at many people in the Bible but with Paul, we have more information about him than any other person next to Jesus. Paul lived a life that was successful in the eyes of God, but what does a successful life look like? First, we looked at false measurements of success before we delved into the biblical definition of success, using Paul as a model.

Message by Todd Lester – November 20, 2016

Joshua 1:8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

FALSE MEASUREMENTS OF SUCCESS

1. HOW I LOOK

1 Samuel 16:7 The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

2. WHAT I HAVE

Mark 8:36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?

Luke 12:5 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”

3. WHO I KNOW

Galatians 1:10 Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.

Ecclesiastes 10:6 Fools are put in many high positions…

A BIBLICAL DEFINITION OF SUCCESS

S-ense of Direction

Romans 15:20 My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else.

Philippians 3:14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

U-nderstanding

Philippians 4:12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.

2 Thessalonians 3:5 May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.

C-ommitment

Acts 20:24 But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.

C-ompassion

1 Corinthians 13:2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.

Colossians 3:12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

E-nthusiastic Faith

Philippians 4:13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

George Dantzig, Mathematician (1914-2005) – Click here to read his legendary story

S-ervice to Others

2 Corinthians 12:15 I will gladly spend myself and all I have for you, even though it seems that the more I love you, the less you love me.

S-taying Power

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

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