Small steps in faith

Sunday, May 11, 2008

"Don't Waste Your Life"

The Sermon from Apex was done by Rennis Bowers this weekend. He's an awesome speaker. He's the chaplain for the Dayton Dragons, a long time firefighter and an elder at Apex.
His sermon is a continuation of a sermon he did about a month ago on missions/discipleship. When Rennis was diagnosed recently with cancer he read a book by John Piper called "Don't Waste Your Life".

"God is glorified when he is the greatest treasure of our lives. That is discipleship"
You don't make disciples by listening to a message on a Sunday morning sitting in a pew next to people you may not know.
Disciples are made in the intimate environments where you share your lives...your struggles, your victories, and where your spiritual gifts are strengthened. Our work is done in the "trenches" where we love,forgive, and pray for others.

1 Don't waste your money
You don't own anything. You are the steward of everything . God owns everything
We need to trim down.
Ask yourself..How much of the Lord's money should I keep for myself? not how much should I give. "Where your treasure is, there your heart lies also"

2 Don't waste your robbery
He told the story of a man who reached out to a man who had robbed him...gave him his coat and took him to feed him. There's opportunity in any situation..homeless situations...He talked about how he gives to the homeless.

3 Don't waste your aging and retirement
Invest your life in those younger.

4 Dont' waste your youth
1 Timothy 4:12
Be an example
"Do hard things: A Teenage Rebellion against low expectation" is a book written for teens that challenges them to use their life. It's written by Alex and Brett Harris from Dayton Ohio.

5 Don't waste your sexuality..
Purity before and during marriage

6 Don't waste your job
It's not what your job's how and why you work
Don't go just to make a living or to make money
Be a light there. Be a missionary in the workplace.

7 Don't waste your neighborhood
God put you where you are for a reason. Make relationships with your neighbors.

8 Don't waste conflict

Acts 14:22
It's through the tribulations/trials that we grow and impact others


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