How to be a Huge Success in Life


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How to be a Huge Success in Life

  1. 2. “ How to be a Huge Success in Life” Success according to the Bible
  2. 3. Success . . . <ul><li>How would you define success? </li></ul><ul><li>_________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>How is success usually defined? </li></ul><ul><li>_________________________ </li></ul>
  3. 5. Bumper Sticker Definition
  4. 7. Three Important Steps
  5. 8. I. The Right Perspective on Our PURPOSE <ul><li>Our Purpose in Life . . . </li></ul><ul><li>What is the meaning of life? </li></ul>
  6. 10. It’s a good question! <ul><li>Dr. Hugh Moorhead, philosophy professor at Northeastern Illinois University once wrote to 250 of the best-known philosophers, scientists, writers, and intellectuals in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>He asked this singular question: “What is the meaning of life?” </li></ul>
  7. 11. <ul><li>Dr. Moorhead published their responses in a book. </li></ul><ul><li>Some offered their best guesses, some admitted that they just made up a purpose for life, and others were honest enough to say they were clueless. </li></ul><ul><li>In fact, a number of famous intellectuals asked Professor Moorhead to write back and tell them if he discovered the purpose of life! </li></ul>
  8. 13. First Baptist Church: September 25 th through November 7 th
  9. 14. So What is our Purpose? <ul><li>Westminster Shorter Catechism (1640s): </li></ul><ul><li>Q: “What is the chief end of man?” </li></ul><ul><li>A: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” </li></ul><ul><li>1 Corinthians 10:31, “ . . . Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” </li></ul>
  10. 15. Words of Jesus . . . <ul><li>“ What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36) </li></ul>
  11. 16. <ul><li>“ I have come that you may have life, and that you may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10) </li></ul>
  12. 17. Isaiah 55:8-9 <ul><li>“ My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. </li></ul><ul><li>“ For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.” </li></ul>
  13. 18. Power <ul><li>Three businessmen were comparing ideas on what they thought it meant to be successful. </li></ul>
  14. 19. <ul><li>The first said, “I’d say I had arrived if I were summoned to the White House for a private, personal meeting with the president of the United States.” </li></ul>
  15. 20. <ul><li>The second said, “To me success would mean meeting with the president in the oval office, having the hot line ring during our talk, and watching the president ignore it.” </li></ul>
  16. 21. <ul><li>The third said, “I think you’re a success if you’re privately consulting with the president, the hot line rings, he picks it up, and says, ‘It’s for you.’” </li></ul>
  17. 22. Words of Paul . . . <ul><li>“ Do not be conformed to this world . . .” (Romans 12:2) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Don’t let the world squeeze you into its mold.” </li></ul>
  18. 23. Action Questions <ul><li>What steps have I taken to ensure that I am fulfilling my ultimate purpose in life? </li></ul><ul><li>What else do I need to do in this area? </li></ul>
  19. 24. Three Important Steps I. The Right Perspective on Our PURPOSE
  20. 25. Next Step <ul><li>II. The Right Perspective on Our POSSESSIONS </li></ul>
  21. 26. George Bernard Shaw <ul><li>“ There are two sources of unhappiness in life . . . </li></ul><ul><li>One is not getting what you want; </li></ul><ul><li>The other is getting it.” </li></ul>
  22. 27. Money is Not the Key to Happiness
  23. 28. Words of Solomon . . . <ul><li>“ He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 5:10) </li></ul>
  24. 29. Words of Paul . . . <ul><li>“ We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. </li></ul><ul><li>And having food and clothing, with these things we shall be content” (1 Timothy 6:7-8) </li></ul>
  25. 30. Crown Financial Ministries <ul><li>Debt counseling . . . </li></ul><ul><li>“ What do you think the answer to your problem is?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ We need to make more money.” </li></ul>
  26. 31. Words of Jesus . . . <ul><li>“ Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Luke 12:15). </li></ul>
  27. 32. Words of Paul . . . <ul><li>“ But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. </li></ul><ul><li>For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:9-10) </li></ul>
  28. 33. Action Questions <ul><li>Am I too focused on the accumulation of “things?” </li></ul><ul><li>What steps do I need to take to ensure that I have the right perspective here? </li></ul>
  29. 34. Three Steps <ul><li>The Right Perspective on Our PURPOSE </li></ul><ul><li>The Right Perspective on Our POSSESSIONS </li></ul><ul><li>The Right Perspective on Our PRIORITIES </li></ul>
  30. 35. Words of Paul . . . <ul><li>“ Pay careful attention to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise—making the most of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16) </li></ul>
  31. 36. Patrick Morley <ul><li>“ How are you doing?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’m busy and balanced.” </li></ul>
  32. 37. Right Priorities in Two Areas <ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Future </li></ul>
  33. 38. Scott Davis . . . <ul><li>“ Do you want to go with me?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Where?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I didn’t ask you that. I said, ‘Do you want to go with me?’” </li></ul>
  34. 39. “ If you’re not a success at home , you’re not a success” <ul><li>Take time to be with family. </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule it on your calendar. </li></ul>
  35. 40. Billy Graham <ul><li>“ If I could live my life over again, one of the things I would try to do is spend more time with my family . . .” </li></ul>
  36. 41. Right Priorities in Two Areas <ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Future </li></ul>
  37. 42. Words of James . . . <ul><li>“ What is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14) </li></ul>
  38. 43. Words of Jesus . . . <ul><li>“ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). </li></ul>
  39. 44. Action Questions <ul><li>Am I making time to be with family? </li></ul><ul><li>What preparations have I made for the future? </li></ul>
  40. 45. “ How to Be a Huge Success in Life” <ul><li>Have the Right Perspective on your PURPOSE . </li></ul><ul><li>Have the Right Perspective on your POSSESSIONS . </li></ul><ul><li>Have the Right Perspective on your PRIORITIES . </li></ul>