First Things First


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First Things First

  1. 1. First Things First Second Things Second
  2. 2. Introduction I Busy lives I Bombarded---3000-5000 impressions I AOL enticements
  3. 3. ]7esus Gives the Greatest Commandment Jesus replied: ’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. ’ Matthew 22:37
  4. 4. 1 Heart--the hub of our existence. .. thought, word and deed Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of lzfe. Proverbs 4:23 " Soul--the seat of emotional activity Mind--not only intellect but disposition and attitude
  5. 5. Jesus Gives the Second Greatest Commandment The second is like it: ‘love your neighbor as yourself. ’ Matthew 22:39
  6. 6. The ”EvasiVe” Question Who is my neighbor? .. .a priest. . . a Levite. . . a Samaritan. . . .Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers? The expert in the law replied, ’The one who had mercy on him. ’ Jesus told him, Go and do likewise. Luke 10:29-37
  7. 7. The ” Constant Pressure” Truth Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us. . . . Ephesians 3:20
  8. 8. * Immeasurably more ‘ Ask or think * His power
  9. 9. Some Fun but Penetrating Questions for Us as a Church I Why did God establish First Baptist in Eugene? I What does God want to do through First Baptist? I If First Baptist's giftedness is maximized what could happen for God?
  10. 10. Some Fun but Penetrating Questions for us as Individuals I What does God want to do with your life? I What do you want God to do with your life? I If your giftedness is maximized what could happen for God?
  11. 11. Let's Hope We Are Not There Consultant #1 85% of churches do a great job of taking care of themselves and do not show a concern for the lost
  12. 12. Let's Hope We Are Not There Consultant #2 I Slowly but surely spending more time serving themselves I Do not seem to be serious about the lost I The issue of serving has to be kept at the frontal lobes by the leadership
  13. 13. Let's Hope We Are Not There George Barna Beyond Sunday people have two hours per week to serve other people
  14. 14. Personal Application I Do we love God more than anything or anyone? I Are you willin for God to do even eater things at and t ough First Baptist urch? I Are you willing to let God do great things with / through your life? I Are there changes in our life He will have to make to use irst aptist or you as He chooses?