The Morgan Church Devotional

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Location: Morgan, VT., United States

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Rez Sermon Outline

Make a Plan for L.I.F.E.
Not having a plan is a plan to fail
The Morgan Church theme for 2008 is “P.L.A.N. B.:
Producing a Loving Active Network of Believers”
“Plan A”: is our plan for our lives; “Plan B” is God’s

People living according to “Plan A” often live:
Carelessly (sinfully): sexual immorality; impurity, selfish ambition; drunkenness,
Carefully (religiously): factions, envy, dissensions, idolatry
Both ways leads to death (and being unfulfilled)
(Gal 5:16-26)
“Looking for the Living amongst the dead”

God has a plan for you that leads to Life.
and He invites you to join in and Plan for L.I.F.E.!
Being Led by God
A common human need is Belonging—
bc we were created to belong to Him
Until we commit to following Him our hearts are restless
And we fill our lives with “Plan A stuff”
It requires making a choice and a commitment

Being Intentional
Being intentional is not living a perfect life it is
Living a life of ministry
It fulfills another common human need: Purpose

Peter’s story in John 21
Peter made a mistake (he would make more)
But he committed to intentionally doing God’s work

Experiencing Forgiveness
God’s forgiveness fulfills the human need for peace
Peace is not the absence of conflict—it is God’s presence
We experience His presence by:
We must ask God for forgiveness
Trust that He has forgiven us
Remind ourselves over and over we are forgiven
This results in our being willing to forgive others
If we are unwilling to forgive others, it is an indication
We haven’t fully experienced God’s forgiveness

We can Expect God to be at work in us!
We can always expect God to do what He promised
He promised:
Eternal Life His Presence His Peace His Provision

When we Intentionally Follow Jesus, we give Him complete control of our lives
We choose what He wants for us
We develop His character
(we think, act and speak like Him)

If we fail to do so, we ask Him for forgiveness
And re-commit to Intentionally Following Him

We are assured we Belong to Him
Our lives have Purpose
Our hearts are at Peace

Our human need for Hope is fulfilled
Hope brings Meaning

And that is a Plan for L.I.F.E.


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