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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.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 6:26 AM

Why Should We Serve the Church? Part 2

Thursday, January 24, 2013 6:26 AM
Thursday, January 24, 2013 6:26 AM

Why Should We Serve the Church?

Why is it important and vital to serve in the church? Previously I gave you five reasons. Now, here are reasons six through ten.

6.       Service creates a foundation for growth. When we live according to Jesus’ example of humility and service, it is like the “good soil” in Mark 4. In Jesus’ Parable of the Sower, the farmer sows seeds in many areas, but only the good soil produced grain. If you live like Christ, you are like the good soil that produces for the harvest!

 

7.       It is the key to God’s blessing! Can we all just agree that the “every man for himself” approach to church isn’t working? Can we acknowledge that the “me, mine, and I” focus is not the most economical approach to expanding the Kingdom? It goes against our selfish nature, but Jesus says that those who serve the Church “will be blessed”! (John 13:17)

 

8.       It shows God how grateful you are to Him. It’s simple. How many times have you told a friend, “Thanks – I owe you one”? In the Old Testament, the priest would have to serve in the temple constantly because of the sin of the people. But now we (the NT priests), GET TO SERVE because of our gratitude – not our guilt!

 

9.       It shows others an example of God’s love for us. Jesus gave of himself – COMPLETELY. Service to the Church is your tangible expression of your verbal confession to follow Him.

 

 

10.   Simply put, Jesus says to. If you REALLY consider him to be the Son of God who died to save you from your sins, his instructions should carry some significant weight. “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.” (John 13:15-16, NIV) In fact, just go ahead and read all of John 13!

The possibilities are endless. How has God gifted you? How can you use your gifts and compassions to serve his Bride whom he loves so dearly?

Serving Jesus By Serving Others,

Pastor Mike

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