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Hey Siri: Why Do Bad Things Happen?

Hey Siri
Part 4
Why Do Bad Things Happen?


1. SOME THINGS happen because we live in a BROKEN WORLD.
Matthew 5:45 NLT
“it rains on the JUST and the UNJUST…”
Romans 3:23 NIV “All have sinned and fall short”
John 16:33 NIV “In this world you will have TROUBLE…”

2. SOME THINGS happen because you made BAD DECISIONS.
Proverbs 19:3 NIV
“A man's OWN FOLLY ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.”
Galatians 6:7-8 NIV “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

3. SOME THINGS happen so that GOD CAN GET THE GLORY!
John 9:3 NIV
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened SO THAT the works of God might be displayed in him.”

4. ALL THINGS that happen can be USED FOR OUR GOOD.
James 1:2-3 NIV
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Romans 8:28 NIV “And we know that in ALL THINGS, God is working for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.”
Genesis 50:20 NIV “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

What do I do when bad things are happening in my life?
TRUST GOD!
Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path’s straight.”

Hey Siri: How do I get my passion back?

How do I get my passion back?
Guest Speaker: Doug Reed



“The age will not die from SIN, but from a lack of PASSION — There is deadness and APATHY everywhere”
— Kierkegaard

“PASSION is void in our society — People don’t even SIN with much enthusiasm any more”
Compollo

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 MSG Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God.”

  • THE X-FACTOR (the unseen force - the invisible quality) behind anyone great in the KINGDOM of GOD is PASSION

  • PASSION is what makes the IMPOSSIBLE — POSSIBLE

  • PASSION can transform an ORDINARY person into an EXTRAORDINARY person

  • TALENT can only take you so far — The X-FACTOR is PASSION

Mark 12:30 MSG “Love the Lord God with all your PASSION & prayer & intelligence & energy”

Romans 12:11 NIV “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord”
NLT “Serve the Lord ENTHUSIASTICALLY”


Two PASSIONATE EXTREMES

1. We are
PASSIONATE about UNWORTHY THINGS
2. We are
PASSIONATE about NOTHING



KEY QUESTION: “What is worthy of my DEEP DEVOTION and my DEDICATED EMOTION?”



Isaiah 55:2 AMP “Why do you spend money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight in abundance”

“People are instructed by reason but they are inspired by PASSION”
— Jeanne Mayo

The PASSION PRINCIPLE:
Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV) Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward — It is the Lord Christ you are serving

Passions Charge:
Whatever I am doing — I am going to do it for JESUS”

MOTIVATION is an OUTWARD FORCE — PASSION is an INWARD FORCE

Romans 8:11 NIV If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you — he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”

INCREASING your PASSION begins with an increased FOCUS on your SPIRITUAL LIFE


3 PRINCIPLES of the PASSIONATE:

1.
SOLITUDE — PASSION is birthed in PRIVATE

2.
SACRIFICE — PASSION must PAY A PRICE

3.
SIMPLICITY — PASSION needs a CLEAR CAUSE

Hey Siri: Wy should I be baptized

Why Should I Be Baptized?

Matthew 28:19 NIV “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”

What is baptism?

1. Baptism is a PUBLIC DECLARATION

Matthew 10:32 ESV "Whoever acknowledges me before men I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven but whoever disowns me before men I will disown him before my Father in heaven."

2. Baptism is A NEW ASSOCIATION

I Corinthians 12:13 NLT "Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit”

Galatians 3:26-27 NIV "So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”

3. Baptism is about A LIFE TRANSFORMATION

Romans 6:4 NLT "For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.”