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09-29-13-USING A GPS

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The Ultimate Journey: Using A GPS        

 9.29.13  Tom Oyler, Lead Pastor


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          Ephesians 2:1-5


          John 3:1-16; 1 Peter 1:3


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          1 Corinthians 3:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:6-8; 1 Peter 2:1-2


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          1 Corinthians 13:11; Ephesians 4:14; 1 Thessalonians 2:10-12


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          Philippians 2:19-22; 2 Thessalonians 2:14; 1 John 2:12-13


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          Galatians 4:19, 6:1; Colossians 1:28-29; 1 Thessalonians 2:7-20; 2 Timothy 2:2



The Ultimate Journey

Using a GPS

When is the last time you used a GPS? Where were you? Where did you want to go? How was the trip? When you are on a journey, you need directions, starting with where you are and where you want to go. For one who is seeking to live a life that is being changed by Christ and used by Christ, the metaphor of human stages of growth is spot on! Let’s use it!

Thinking It Through

Anyone can count the seeds in an apple. Only God can count the apples in a seed.             


12-month-old-baby wearing a t-shirt that read: teething is the pits!                

While a good man is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.

~Sydney Harris

Striving for Christ-like character may seem like pursuing a distant goal, but remember, it is better to pursue a deer and lose it than to chase a skunk and catch it.

~ Unknown

Living It Out

1.       Which stage most accurately describes where you are in your journey and why?

2.       Using your Life Application Notebook or another outlet of your choice, write several paragraphs about your journey, how it begun, where and how you have grown, down times, challenges, frustrations, satisfactions, etc.

3.       Why is the gospel at the center of the journey?


The Ultimate Journey

Through It All

The Ultimate Journey may have different phases, but one reality runs Through It All. From being “born again” to “finishing well,” if our journey is to be healthy, worthwhile, and fulfilling, grace and faith must run through it all. Some has said, “if it is not of grace, it is not of God.” True? Let’s take a look.

Looking It Up

1.    John 3:16. It is perhaps the most recognized verses in the Bible. And rightfully so. Take a look at it in its context, 3:1-17. What question do you think v.16 is answering in Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus?

2.    A couple of other very important verses are in Ephesians 2:8-9. Write them out below and then compare them and their context with that of John 3:16.

3.    This message of salvation by grace though faith alone in Christ was and is controversial. Jewish believers were attaching keeping of the Law (especially circumcision) to salvation. In Acts 15, the church dealt with the controversy. How did the apostles resolve it? (see Acts 15:6-11, 19)

4.    What role does grace play as our journey continues? (Romans 5:1-5, 8:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5; Galatians 2:20; Titus 2:11-14)   

5.    How does Paul begin most of his letters to churches and why so? (Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 1:3; Ephesians 1:2, etc)

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