RIPPLE

What if you held the power to change the world? What if you had the resources to simply make a choice that could impact destinies, prevent suffering and guide the generations of tomorrow? Would you use your power? While many people are waiting for the spectacular fantasies of some far away power, Jesus talked about something as small as everyday choices. Through right choices humans possess the power to drop a pebble, to start a wave, and to make an eternal ripple. Doing good, serving well, giving generously and inviting radically are all within our atomic choices; and when combined with other’s atomic choices we create a massive tidal wave of change. Come learn with us Jesus’ vision for a quantum ripple!

TODAY’S EPISODE

BIG IDEA

LIFE IS MADE UP OF

THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUAL CHOICES

WITH EACH CHOICE

CREATING A CERTAIN RIPPLE.

 

MATTHEW 16:24-27 NKJV Then Jesus said to His disciples,… 26 "For what profit is it to a man if he GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD, and LOSES HIS OWN SOUL? Or what will a man GIVE IN EXCHANGE for his soul?

 

GAINS & LOSSES

GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD,

BUT LOSES _________ !

 

LUKE 4:43 NKJV [Jesus said] I MUST preach the KINGDOM of God to the other cities also, because FOR THIS PURPOSE I have been sent.

 

CONTEMPLATE

WHAT IS YOUR

“I MUST _________ !”

 

EPHESIANS 1:22-23 MSG [Paul said] GOD is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. 23 The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ's body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.

 

JOHN 15:14-17 NIV [Jesus said] You are MY FRIENDS if you do what I COMMAND. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his MASTER'S BUSINESS. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and APPOINTED YOU so that you might go and bear fruit--FRUIT THAT WILL LAST--and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

 

1 CORINTHIANS 16:15 KJV I beseech you, brethren, (YE KNOW the HOUSE OF STEPHANAS, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and [that] they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints…)

 

WHY A RIPPLE ADDICTION

  1. Lose your life you will find it (MARK 8:34-37) 

  2. Increased boldness in your faith (1TIMOTHY 3:13)

  3. Increased spiritual sharpness (HEBREWS 6:9-12) 

  4. Living a blessed life (PSALM 92:13, PSALM 35:27)

  5. Receiving honor from God (JOHN 12:26) 

  6. Multiplying our life’s fruitfulness (JOHN 15:1-8)

  7. Receive heavenly rewards (1 CORINTHIANS 3:8-9)

  8. Experience promotion from God (LUKE 16:12-13) 

  9. Access greatness (MATTHEW 23:11) 

  10. Rest in a state of supernatural satisfaction (PSALM 36:8) 

  11. Live in 100 times multiplication (MARK 10:28-31)

  12. Leave an eternal legacy (JOHN 15:14-17)

 

WHY WE DON’T CHOOSE GAINS 

  • Schedule “too busy”

    • Fear of missing out

  • Don’t want to screw things up

    • Fear of disappointing others

  • Don’t want to be close enough to see leader’s flaws

    • Fear of being disappointed

  • I’m not needed – everything is under control

    • Fear of added responsibility

  • Don’t have emotional bandwidth to serve

    • Fear of being further depleted

ACTIVATION

OUT OF EVERYTHING WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY,

WHAT IS YOUR ONE NEXT STEP THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE?

  • ASSESS THE “PURPOSE” OF YOUR PRESENT CHOICES

  • RE-SURRENDER TO GOD’S PURPOSE

  • JOIN A CHURCH TEAM

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