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 Pastor Mike Burns

 Victory Church

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Six Characteristics of Kingdom Risk Taking

Six Characteristics of Kingdom Risk Taking

On Sunday, July 25th, I finished preaching the series, Taking a Kingdom Risk. In this series we learned that Kingdom Risk Taking is a necessary component of true discipleship and is a Kingdom protocol (code of conduct) for following Jesus Christ. Jesus calls us to risk, to obey and step out in faith for His glory and to the fullest potential for the kingdom of God realized. Every great risk in Jesus’ Name begins with confidence in the goodness and trustworthiness of God. That He who calls us to “step out in faith” means to trust the One who supplies us with whatever we need to fulfill plans and purposes in and through us.

Kingdom Risk Taking has 6 Characteristics that helps us recognize and understand what is required in in this endeavor. The first five characteristics I have preached about and they are described on the podcast at our website (wordofvictory.org). Here is a synopsis of the last and sixth characteristic:

  1. Kingdom Risk Taking Is Rooted in Identity.
  2. Kingdom Risk Taking Is Calculated.
  3. Kingdom Risk Taking Is Rooted in Faith, Not Fear.
  4. Kingdom Risk Taking Invites Uncertainty.
  5. Kingdom Risk Taking Requires Persistence.
  6. Kingdom Risk Taking Ensures Growth.

Psalm 92:12-14

The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green

Godly risk taking is different than the risk tied to immediate gratification, which is plentiful in our culture.

  • Immediate gratification is often self-serving and short sighted.
  • Kingdom Risk Taking is God-driven with long range

The latter can take you some place different, some place better!

Obeying God and stepping out of our comfort zone to trust Him and to walk by faith not only has positive repercussions for us and others around us today, but also for generations to come in the future (see Gen. 26:24).

Because it requires discipline, tempering the uncertainty (characteristic #4) and persistence (characteristic #5)…however, Godly Risk Taking is less common among many Christians.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 2:11 PM

Don’t Live “Out of Body”

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 2:11 PM
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 2:11 PM

"Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be  conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."   Romans 12:15-18 NIV

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

When the human body is injured, blood carries different cells to the wound—white blood cells to fight off infection, platelet cells to stem the flow of blood, and others. Or if you are suddenly in danger, adrenaline courses through your body to increase your metabolism and prepare your muscles to exert themselves. Or in moments of pleasure, the hormone oxytocin and the neurotransmitter dopamine are released. In other words, the entire human body springs into action in  various situations and circumstances.

The apostle Paul knew nothing of human chemistry and physiology, but he certainly knew enough about the body to use it as a metaphor for the Church, the Body of Christ. Not to stretch the metaphor too far, but as blood circulates in the body to bring human life (Leviticus 17:11), so the Spirit of God “circulates” in the Church to provide what believers need through one another. When one member of the Body weeps, the whole Body weeps; when one member rejoices, all the members rejoice.

Don’t live an “out of Body life.” You need the Body of Christ, and the Body of Christ needs you for all of life’s circumstances.

 

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