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  • Guardians Matthew 5:19-20 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
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  • Guardians Stability Truth
  • Guardians • The Bible is the foundation – What it says ... Not what you guess – What it means ... Not what you cherry pick – What it means today ... Not what you wish – What it means to people ... Not what you avoid Stability Truth
  • Guardians • John 17:17 – Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. • John 8:31-32 – If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. Stability Truth
  • Guardians • Matthew 5:18-22 – For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. Stability Truth
  • Guardians • Matthew 5:18-22 – For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Stability Truth Jot
  • Guardians • Matthew 5:18-22 – For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Stability Truth Tittle
  • Guardians • Matthew 5:18-22 – For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Stability Truth JotTittle
  • Guardians • Matthew 5:18-22 – For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. Stability Truth
  • Guardians • Matthew 5:18-22 – For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. Stability Truth
  • Guardians • Matthew 10:32-33 – “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. Stability Truth
  • Guardians • Matthew 10:32-33 – “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. – Acknowledge = confess, publicly declare, agree with, admit Stability Truth
  • Guardians • Matthew 10:32-33 – “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. – Disown = deny, repudiate, say no, refuse to affirm Stability Truth
  • Guardians Growth Stability Character Truth
  • Guardians • Character is the result – What I am ... When nobody is looking – How I act ... When I’m not with Christians – How I behave ... When nobody is pushing me Growth Character
  • Guardians • Ephesians 4:17-19, 23-25 – So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. – be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. Growth Character
  • Guardians • Ephesians 5:8-17 – For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Growth Character
  • Guardians Change Growth Stability Culture Character Truth
  • Guardians • Culture is on the move – Culture always has good and bad elements – Culture must be exploited – Culture embraces change and so do we – Culture is to be taken head on Change Culture
  • Guardians • I Corinthians 9:19-23 – Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. Change Culture
  • Guardians Skill Change Growth Stability Competency Culture Character Truth
  • Guardians • Competency is important – Competency must be developed – Competency starts at an early age – Competency follows by observing competent people – Competency requires a heart striving for excellence Skill Competency
  • Guardians • 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 – Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. Skill Competency
  • Guardians • 1 Corinthians 3:1-4 – Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly— mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? Skill Competency
  • Guardians Skill Change Growth Stability Competency Culture Character Truth
  • Guardians Skill Change Growth Stability Competency Culture Character Truth • Truth ... Do you guard it with your life? • Character ... Do you strive for it daily? • Culture... Do you embrace cultural change as a friend? • Competency ... Do you work at it every day?
  • Guardians Matthew 5:19-20 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.