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God's Plan For Your Life

GOD’S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE

INTRODUCTION

            Life for a teenager can be quite stressful.  I remember one of the greatest stressors in my teen years was answering the question adults often asked, “So, what are you going to do with your life?”  “What is the plan for your future?”  The truth is I really didn’t know.  The fear of stepping out on my own from home at the age of 18 was quite gripping.  There are others who determine to construct a plan for their lives, only to change their direction after they have been in college a year or two.  Unfortunately, there are also those who set out to complete a well executed plan for their lives, only to have their plan cut short due to an untimely death.  The question begs “what is the best plan to follow for life, not knowing if you will live to see tomorrow?”  Our message for today will help to understand the best plan every person should adopt.  It is a plan that cannot fail and offers eternal benefits.  Such a plan can only be offered by God.

PRAYER

CTS:   4 key truths in regards to God’s plan for your life.

God’s plan for your life becomes reality, when you realize He has given you:

I.          LIFE                                                               (Genesis 1:26-30; Ephesians 2:1-22)

Explanation

            The fifth statement with New Hope’s Statement of Faith is as follows:

“Man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost. Only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. “

 

  • Genesis 1:26-30 – This text relates the fact that man was created by God, not through the evolution process.  In creating and giving life to man and woman, God gave them dominion over the Earth.  Additionally, He commanded them to multiply and subdue the Earth.  God provided every need for Adam and Eve.
  • Ephesians 2:1-10 – This text gives evidence that man is dead spiritually, due to his sinful nature.  However, God made it possible for mankind to be given life through Jesus Christ.  Such life does not result from man’s efforts, but God’s alone.

Application

            The point of application for every believer in Christ is to rejoice in the physical life you experience every day, as well as the spiritual life you are experiencing in Christ.

            If you don’t know Christ as your Savior, know that God has given you your physical life, and offers you a plan for your life that cannot fail.  Choose to accept His plan today.

God’s plan for your life becomes reality not only through the physical life He has given you, but God also gives spiritual life to the confessing sinner through salvation.

II.        SALVATION      (Genesis 3:15; John 14:6; Acts 4:12)

Explanation

            Our next statement within the New Hope Christian Fellowship Statement of Faith clarifies the only way someone can be made right with God.

The shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe. Those who repent of their sins and receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and become children of God.

  • Genesis 3:15 – In spite of Satan’s temporary victory in the Garden of Eden, causing man to experience spiritual death, God would ultimately defeat death, hell, and the grave.
  • John 14:6 – This verse further clarifies that there is only one way for man to establish a personal relationship with God.  It must be done through Jesus.
  • Acts 4:12 – This verse reaffirms that salvation can only be achieved through Jesus.

Application

            The point of application for the believer in Christ is to rejoice in the fact that there is only one way to be right with God, through Christ alone!

            If you don’t know Christ as your Savior, you can know Him today.  Without Christ, every person is dead in their sins.  Call upon the name of Jesus and be made alive today!

            When a person comes to Christ for salvation, God doesn’t leave the person alone.  He connects the new believer with His family, the body of Christ, His church.  This leads us to our next point.  God’s plan for your life becomes reality, when He has given you the privilege of being a member of His loving family.

III.       HIS LOVING FAMILY      (Matt. 18:15-20; Gal. 6:1-2; 1 Tim. 3:1-15)

Explanation

            The scripture assigned to our next statement gives affirmation to relationships of accountability and responsible leadership within the church.

The Church is composed of all persons who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit through saving faith in Jesus Christ. They are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is Lord and Head.  Each local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.”

 

  • Matthew 18:15-20 –   This text provides the example of how believers are supposed to handle conflict.  Thus, if believers in the family of God have difficulty with one another, this passage serves as a guideline for resolving the difficulty.
  • Galatians 6:1-2 – This text ties well with Matthew 18, emphasizing the importance of seeking to resolve conflict through a gentle, loving spirit.
  • 1 Timothy 3:1-15 – This text gives a good example of the type of leadership that governs the church family.

 

Application

            The point of application for the believer in Christ is to recognize that it is God intention that every believer in Christ be actively involved in a local, Bible believing, Spirit-led church.

            Up to this point in the message, God has laid out a wonderful plan for the lives of those who believe in Him.  He has created every person in His image.  Although every person has been born in sin, God has provided the way for every person who believes in Christ to be permanently set free from the sinful state into which they were born.  When a person places faith in Christ, the person enters a permanent state of justification before God.  Once a person becomes a child of God, the believer has the wonderful privilege of being part of God’s family, the body of Christ.  As a member of the body of Christ, God has given the believer ordinances to follow.

IV.       ORDINANCES TO CELEBRATE  (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 16:30-33; 1 Cor. 11:23-29)

Water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are recognized ordinances of the church, but are not as a means of salvation. We practice believer’s baptism by immersion.

  • Matthew 28:19-20 – Jesus includes baptism as part of the new believer’s walk with God.
  • Acts 16:30-33 – This text gives an example of the Matthew 28 passage.  After coming to Christ for salvation, the Philippian jailer and his family were baptized.
  • 1 Cor. 11:23-29 – As believers in Christ take our Lord’s Supper, we are challenged to remember what Christ did for us at Calvary, and continually give thanks.

 

Application – The application for the believer in Christ is to affirm the change that God has made in the heart through the ordinance of baptism.  Additionally, the believer in Christ is to actively participate in the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper.  Both ordinances represent unity in the body of Christ, for every believer in Christ is to be baptized, and only believers are permitted to receive the Lord’s Supper.  Neither ordinance is tied in any way with a person’s salvation, but is a result of it.

Conclusion:

              As we have observed in the various texts today, God does have a plan for mankind.  He has created every person in His image, and desires that all would come to Jesus for salvation.  As for those who respond, God gives them salvation, makes them members of His loving family, and gives them ordinances to obey.

            As noted by the statements of faith in our message today, New Hope Christian Fellowship believes every person is created in the image of God and is in need of salvation through Christ.  For those who respond to the gospel, they need to be physically connected to God’s family through becoming members of a local body of believers.  As members of God’s family, those seeking membership with New Hope are willing to subject themselves to baptism by immersion (if they have not already done so), and actively participate in the Lord’s Supper.

            If you are here today, and don’t have a relationship with God through Christ, choose to become His child today.  If you have chosen to do so, we would like to become your physical church family, and help you with your new walk in Christ.

 

REFERENCES (page 1)

Genesis 1:26-30 (New King James Version)

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[a] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.

 

Ephesians 2:1-10 (New King James Version)

 1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

 

 

 

 

Genesis 3:15 (New King James Version)

 15 And I will put enmity
      Between you and the woman,
      And between your seed and her Seed;
      He shall bruise your head,
      And you shall bruise His heel.”

 

 

John 14:6 (New King James Version)

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

 

 

 

Acts 4:12 (New King James Version)

12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

 

 

 

 

Matthew 18:15-20 (New King James Version)

15 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’[a] 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
18 “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
19 “Again I say[b] to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

 

 

Galatians 6:1-2 (New King James Version)

 1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

 

 

1 Timothy 3:1-15 (New King James Version)

 1 This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop,[a] he desires a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; 3 not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money,[b] but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; 4 one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence 5 (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); 6 not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

8 Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, 9 holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. 10 But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless. 11 Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13 For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

14 These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; 15 but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

 

 

Matthew 28:19-20 (New King James Version)

19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.[b]

 

 

Acts 16:30-33 (New King James Version)

30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.

 

1 Corinthians 11:23-29 (New King James Version)

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat;[a] this is My body which is broken[b] for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood[c] of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner[d] eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s[e] body.

INTRODUCTION:  “WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE?”

TITLE OF MESSAGE:  GOD’S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE

CTS:   4 TRUTHS IN REGARDS TO GOD’S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.

GOD’S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE BECOMES REALITY, WHEN YOU REALIZE HE HAS GIVEN YOU:

I.       LIFE                                                 (Genesis 1:26-30; Ephesians 2:1-22)

  • EXPLANATION:           SEE MANUSCRIPT (PP. 1-2)       
  • APPLICATION:                        REJOICE IN THE PHYSICAL LIFE YOU HAVE

 

II.      SALVATION                                    (Genesis 3:15; John 14:6; Acts 4:12)

  • EXPLANATION:           SEE MANUSCRIPT (PP. 2-3)
  • APPLICATION:                        REJOICE IN THE NEW LIFE YOU HAVE

 

III.    HIS LOVING FAMILY                  (Matt. 18:15-20; Gal. 6:1-2; 1 Tim. 3:1-15)

  • EXPLANATION:           SEE MANUSCRIPT (PP. 3-4)
  • APPLICATION:                        GET AND STAY CONNECTED TO FAMILY

 

 

IV.    ORDINANCES TO CELEBRATE          (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 16:30-33; 1 Cor. 11:23-29)   

  • EXPLANATION:           SEE MANUSCRIPT (PP. 4-5)
  • APPLICATION:                        CHOOSE TO BE GRATEFUL

 

CONCLUSION: 

  • OUR CHALLENGE – EMBRACE GOD’S PLAN FOR YOU AND LIVE!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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