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 Pastor Mike Burns

 Victory Church

 903.567.2072 (Ext. 3002) 

 MBurns@wordofvictory.org                                   

 

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.

Monday, January 21, 2013 10:24 AM

Why Should We Serve the Church?

Monday, January 21, 2013 10:24 AM
Monday, January 21, 2013 10:24 AM
Why should we serve the church? As I mentioned in my recent sermon, Using What God Has Given Me, the PLACE to do church is everywhere, and the TIME to do it is always. Grab your Bible and look at these ten reasons we should serve the church – the Bride of Christ – His People. Here are the first 5 reasons:

1.       We are called to contribute just as often as we consume. As soon as you accept Jesus as your Savior, your call is to inject the life blood of Jesus into the lives of others, not to become a parasite that drains the life out of the Body of Christ!

 

2.       Because selfless acts defeat stereotypes of the church. Jesus wants us to be known for our love (John 13:35), not by our greed, selfishness, or hate. Plenty of people out there are painting unfortunate pictures of the church by their ungodly judgment of others. Let’s defeat those stereotypes and follow Jesus’ example of service.

 

 

3.       Statistics show that 4 out of every 4 people are selfish. Okay, so that’s not an entirely scientific study, but you get the idea. Jesus was consumed with pleasing his heavenly Father, not himself. He did this by serving others, not himself. If you claim to be a follower of Christ, you cannot do so if you are only serving yourself.

 

4.       Service is a physical expression of the humility we experience when we realize Jesus’ work on the Cross. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21, ESV)

 

5.       The church is the Bride of Christ. It makes no sense that one would say that he/she loves God and is not involved in any type of service to the Church – the Bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:22-27). Would you actually consider telling God, “Hey, I love you, but I have no interest in the well-being of your wife.”

Through the practice of servanthood-as-worship in local churches, believers and the lost alike come to more clearly taste and see God's provision and love.  As chairs are arranged, children watched, books sold, instruments played, local outreaches conducted, prayers prayed, and Bible studies taught, a great testimony of praise is offered up to God and Jesus is glorified…revealed to the world. (John 13:31-32).

Next time…reasons 6 through 10.

Serving Jesus by Serving Others,

Pastor Mike

 

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