168 > 1
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168 > 1 10/09/16
Week four in a series that challenges us to a faith in Jesus that goes beyond one hour on Sunday and impacts our entire week.
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"Live 168" series overview
The goal of our "Live 168" series is for us to think differently about how we live out our faith in Jesus Christ. Instead of just limiting ourselves to a “one hour on a Sunday” approach, we want to strive to follow Jesus in such a way that our love for Him will permeate all of the 168 hours of each and every week we have. As a church we want to help you move in the direction of living a “Live 168" kind of life as a Christian.
Live 168: Three Pursuits
Connect (Sept. 18) - with God and other Christians.
Grow (Sept. 25) - making the effort to cooperate w/ God's power.
Serve (Oct. 2) - those inside and outside the church, locally & globally.
You can find out more about serving opportunities at Hopevale on our website. Check out this quick link to go to our Volunteer page.
Live 168: Every Hour, Every Area
To “Live 168” means I surrender to the Lordship of Jesus every hour of my week and every area of my life.
For every Christian who has personally experienced the transformational love and liberating forgiveness of Jesus Christ, we must not settle for a “one hour on a Sunday” religion that’s limited to this physical location. Rather, we need to pursue with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength the kind of Christian faith that makes a difference every hour of our week (all one hundred and sixty-eight of them) and every area of our life—church, work, finances, family, friends, fitness, food, hobbies, everything.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NIV
14 For Christʼs love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
Galatians 2:20 NIV
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Live 168: Jesus is Lord Over All
A lot of Christians think there are different classes of Christians: the “very into it” Christians; the “pretty into it” Christians; the “sort of into it” Christians; and the “not really into it” Christians… but they’re wrong. There is only one kind of Christian life—where we’re crucified with Christ, we’re convinced by His Gospel, and we’re compelled by His love. Because of that, we fully and joyfully surrender to His will. To make following Jesus anything less is not only cheating God, it’s also cheating yourself and it’s settling for a worthless, watered-down Christian faith. To be a Christian means Jesus is Lord over everything—every hour of our week and every area of our life.
Live 168: What's Most Important
Why we do what we do (attitude of heart) and who we do it for (Audience of One) are more important that what we do (activity), where we do it (arena) and how it looks to others (appearance). Because this is the primary focus of our faith, we're all put on a level playing field. There’s no caste system in Christianity where our importance to God is based on things like: our vocation, our wealth, our intelligence, our gifts, our beauty, our address, our status. As a matter of fact, if we improperly elevate the actitivity, the arena, and the appearance, we risk slipping into the same kind of hypocritical faith of the Pharisees that so angered Jesus.
Matthew 6:5-6 NIV
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Matthew 23:23 NIV
23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
Live 168: Right Where You Are
Good things done with wrong motives are bad in the end. Conversely, normal things done with right motives are far greater. That’s why Jesus honored a repentant prostitute over a judgmental Pharisee. That’s why a humble and faithful custodian beats an arrogant and self-absorbed pastor every time. That’s also why going to a bar to help out a friend in distress is far more honoring to God than showing up to church with a hard and stubborn heart. The opportunity to Live 168 for the Lord is available to everyone, not just the paid professionals or the "super-spiritual."
Colossians 3:17 NIV
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:23-24 NIV
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV
31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Live 168: Imagine a Church
Imagine if everyone here said to Jesus with all sincerity, “Jesus, I want to Live 168 to you”… "Jesus, because of how great You are, and because of how good You’ve been to us, we will no longer live for ourselves, but we will now live for the One who died for us and was raised again. We will live for You.” Now that’s the kind of church I want to be a part of, don’t you? A church worshipping together, connecting together, growing together, serving together, and unleashed together into a world that so desperately needs the love, the joy, the peace, and the hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ. We only get one life to life, and to live for anything short of that would be such a waste. So Lord, let us surrender to Your Lordship every hour of our week and every area of our lives.
Connection Questions 10.9.16
It’s not: “God, here are my plans, bless them.” No, it’s: “God, here is my life, lead me.” This is what it means for Jesus to be Lord over our lives.
1. Would you say you’re more of a “planner” or a “spontaneous adventurer” when it comes to doing things? Share a recent example.
2. What plans (or adventures!) are on the horizon for you right now—ex. travel, a purchase, or project? As a Christian, should we think through our plans differently compared to a person who doesn’t claim to follow Christ? How so?
3. Read 1 Corinthians 5:14-15. The Apostle Paul said, “Christ died for all and therefore all died.” What do you think he means—all died to what? Since you became a Christian, what have you died to in your life?
4. How can believers like us grow in living all-out, fully surrendered lives every day for Jesus? What can hold us back? How do we remove these spiritual roadblocks?
5. What season of life are you in right now? What does it look like practically for you to live for Him during this time? What signs would warn you that you’re being tempted to live for yourself?