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FIRST TRUST IN GOD!

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all of these things shall be added into you.

Fruitful Growth in the Faith

As a Believer we should add to our faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

THE DAY OF THE LORD

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
QUESTION:
Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 

Sin

The Sin God Won't Forgive
 
What is it?...

Offer Your Very Best

Philippians 2: 25-30 - Epaphroditus
 
Epaphroditus would be considered one of the "nobobies" in scripture. He never wrote a book in the Bible, nor is he mentioned anywhere else. He has never had a statue erected in his honor or become famous for his accomplishments. However, Paul called Epaphroditus a hero. In this passage, Paul uses five terms to describe him:
 
  1. A brother
  2. A fellow worker
  3. A fellow soldier
  4. A messenger
  5. A minister
 
Epaphroditus made four decisions which each allowed him to give his very best:

Leadership Begins with Identity

Leadership Keys: Godly leaders first submit to God, then serves the people. Great leaders call for great commitment, and spiritual leaders prioritize building relationship with those they lead. Leaders have the courage to let go of the familiar.
The best leadership simply expresses who we are. Jesus led from who He was. God incarnate, the perfect expression of the Father. As He pursued His divine mission, He influenced others. Similarly, as we pursue who God called us to be, our leadership will be most natural and effective.

The Law of Sacrifice

Paul regularly had to give up to go up. Paul said, "I die daily" ( 1 Corinthians 15:31). The apostle made all kinds of sacrifices so he could stick with his God-given mission. Each time Paul gave up something, he moved forward and honored God. I, must sacrifice to move forward and honor God. Will you?

COMMITMENT

Jesus never pursued huge crowds. In fact, He often had to find ways to escape them! To do so, Jesus clarified the level of commitment He expected from followers. Two things always happen when a leader calls for commitment: He/She clarifies where people stand, and He/She purifies the orgnization.