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 Pastor Mike Burns

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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 ( 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, December 31, 2014 8:02 AM

Living Strong: Getting a Fresh S.T.A.R.T. in the New Year

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 8:02 AM
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 8:02 AM

In just a few days, January 1, 2015 will be here, and a new year will be ahead of us.  (By the way, do you remember Y2K?  That seems like yesterday, not 15 years ago!)  Well, we made it through the “millennium bug” of 2000, and here we are 15 years later.  As you prepare for 2015, here are some thoughts to consider from my friend, Tony Cook.  Happy New Year Victory family and friends!

Stop making excuses. - Proverbs 28:13 - A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful.  But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance. (The Living Bible)

Take an inventory of your life. - 2 Corinthians 13-5 - Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.

Act in faith. - Matthew 9:29  - “According to your faith let it be to you.”

Refocus - Philippians 3:13 - ...but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead…

Trust - Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the LORD with all you heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

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