God First | Part 4

“God First” Part 4 “God First in my Future” January 22, 2017

Jer. 29:11 – NIV

Mat. 6:25-34 – NIV

2 Tim. 1:12 – NIV

*Our commitment to Christ is both a daily walk and a lifelong determination

2 Cor. 5:7 – NIV

2 Tim. 2:12-13 – NIV

Mark 8:34-35 – NIV

God first in my future means:

  1. I have a future hope! (Jer. 29:12)
  2. I have future provisions! (Mat. 6:25-34)

III. I have a future salvation (2 Tim. 1:12)

*What have you committed to Him?

Mat. 19:25-29 – NIV

Our surrender today means an inheritance tomorrow!

 

God First | Part 3

“God First” Part 3 “God First in my Finances” January 15, 2017

Mat. 6:19-21 – NIV

Luke 16:11-12 – NIV

Prov. 3:9-10 – NIV

Three foundational truths about earthly wealth:

  1. How we divest or use wealth points to the position of our heart (Mat.6:21)
  2. Stewardship over finances is linked directly to spiritual blessings (Luke 16:11)
  3. The “tithe” or giving of the first fruits is an acknowledgment of God’s ownership

Four components of handling worldly treasure:

1.) Giving 2.) Saving 3.) Budgeting 4.) Investing

*The most important principle of putting God first is the surrender of all we “are” and all we “have” to God

Gen. 28:20-22 – NIV

Gen. 14:18-20 – NIV

Mat. 23:23 – NIV

*Tithing is a representation and acknowledgment of God’s ownership

Reasons why Christians do not tithe:

  1. Ignorance (They have never been taught)
  2. Fear of lack (I won’t have enough)
  3. Greed (I need it more)

Mal. 3:8-12 – NIV

*Put God First!

God First | Part 2

“God First” Part 2 “God First in My Family” 

Gen. 6:9-14, 7:1 – NIV

*We live in a world that is constantly trying to press us into its mold

Rom. 12:2 – NIV

Integrity: Doing what is right when no one else is around

Prov. 21:3 – NIV

Gen. 6:14 – NIV

God first in our marriages should demonstrate to our children:

  1. The importance of spiritual compatibility (Values, faith, worldview)
  2. The importance of grace and forgiveness
  3. The importance of commitment and true love (for better or for worse)

The three key ways to pass our faith to our children:

  1. Teaching – 22:6, Prov. 23:15-18
  2. Modeling- Mat. 5:16
  3. Praying – James 5:18

*Will you let God be first in your family?

 

God First | Part 1

“God First” January 1, 2017 Part 1

Matt. 22:37-38 – KJV

*A confession of Christ without a possession of Christ is powerless

Three ways to keep God first:

  1. Keep God first in your thoughts

Psalm 10:4 – KJV

*God first in our thoughts affects every other area of our life

  1. Keep God first in your words

Psalm 19:4 – KJV

Matt. 12:37 – KJV

*The words we speak have power for good or bad

  1. Keep God first in your devotion

1 Chron. 28:9 – NIV

Psalm 73:25 – KJV

*Our devotion to God is revealed by our desires

*God first in 2017 will begin in our thoughts our words and our devotion