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Daring Faith – Message Recap (Week 3)

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Daring Faith

“Daring faith requires taking risk. It requires the courage to step up and face the giants . . . and to face the unknown. It might be easier to stay in your comfort zone, but when you bravely step out to where God has called you, history is made and lives are changed forever. You must be bold and daring to live an extraordinary life of faith. Join Pastor Rick for Saddleback’s newest series, Daring Faith, and learn what it means to have a bold, unshakable faith that gives you the courage to impact the world around you.” (credit: Saddleback Church)

DARING TO GIVE GOD MY BEST

Daring Faith: Key To Miracles – Part 3

“DO YOUR BEST to improve your faith. You can do this by adding goodness, understanding, self-control, patience, devotion to God, concern for others, and love. If you keep growing in this way, it will show that . . . Christ has made your lives useful and meaningful.” 2 Peter 1:5-8 (CEV)

“Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the BEST part of everything. If you do this, your barns will fill with grain and your barrels will overflow with wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10

How do I Give my Best to God?

“Endure hardship with us like a GOOD SOLDIER of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets tied up in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. Similarly, if anyone competes as AN ATHLETE, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. 2 Timothy 2:3-7 (NIV/LB)

Lessons From the Military: Like an Effective Soldier, I Must…
I must define what I’d die for

“The greatest love is shown when a person lays down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 (LB)

I must sacrifice my comfort

Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:3

“Live a life of sacrificial love just like Christ loved us and gave himself as an offering and sacrifice for us.” Ephesians 5:2

I must stay focused on the reward

“As Christ’s soldier, do not let yourself become entangled in the affairs of this life, wasting time, for then you can’t please your commanding officer who enlisted you in his army.” 2 Timothy 2:4 (NIV/NLT)

LESSONS FROM SPORTS

“In a race everyone runs, but only one person wins the prize. So run your race to win. TO WIN the contest YOU MUST DENY YOURSELVES many things that would keep you from DOING YOUR BEST. An athlete goes to all this trouble just to win a ribbon or medal that won’t last, but we do it for an eternal reward that will last forever! So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win. I’m not just shadow-boxing or playing around. Like an athlete I discipline myself, making sacrifices and training my body to do what it should, not what it wants to do. Otherwise I fear I might be disqualified from the race.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (LB/NCV)

I must intend to win

“In a race everyone runs, but only one person wins the prize. So run your race to win!” 1 Corinthians 9:24 (LB)

“Run YOUR BEST in the RACE OF FAITH, and win eternal life for yourself; for this is the life that God called you to when you professed your faith before many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12 (TEV)

I must discipline myself

“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that joyful finish with God in heaven —he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.” Hebrews 12:2 (Mes)

“If anyone competes as an athlete, he cannot receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules.” 2 Timothy 2:5 (NAS)

“To win the contest you must deny yourself many things that would keep you from DOING YOUR BEST. An athlete goes into strict training just to win a ribbon or medal that won’t last, but we do it for an eternal reward that will last forever! . . . So I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.” 1 Corinthians 9:25+27 (LB/NLT)

I must eliminate distractions

I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step! I fight to win. I’m not just shadow-boxing or playing around.” 1 Corinthians 9:26 (LB)

Jesus: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field.” Matthew 13:24 (NLT)