Best Practices: Sermon Series

Best Practices: Productive Lives (Matthew 25:31-46)

Bring Glory To God

  • We join the angels in honoring Jesus (Matt. 25:31)
  • Our relationship to God is public (Matt. 25:32-33)
  • We should live for God's approval (Matt. 25:34)

Act On Your Opportunities

  • We meet people's physical needs (Matt. 25:35, 36)
  • We meet people's social needs (Matt. 25:35c, 36c)
  • We are serving Jesus, not people (Matt. 25:40)

Help Others To Know God

  • Rebellious people will join the fallen angels (Matt. 25:41)
  • Doing nothing is offensive to God (Matt. 25:42-45)
  • Someday, it will be too late to change (Matt. 25:46)

Getting Personal

  • How can you help the helpless?
  • Who can you serve who is "the least of these"?
  • Who can you visit who is lonely?


Best Practices: Going With God (Psalm 119:9-16)

Memorize God's Word

  • It _________ your mind (Ps. 119:9-10; Rom. 10:17)
  • It keeps you from ___________ (Ps. 119:11, 105)

Listen to God's Thoughts

  • __________ prepares us to learn (Ps. 119:12; Col. 3:5)
  • The Holy Spirit _____________ us (Ps. 119:16; Jn. 14:26)

Keep Your Mind Occupied

  • The mind of Christ is __________ (Ps. 119:14-15; 1 Cor. 2:16)
  • An idol mind is the devil's workshop (Ps. 119:16; 1 Tim 5:13)

Getting Personal

  • When are you going to start meditating on God's word?
  • What verse or passage do you want to memorize first?

Best Practices:Going Without For God (Ezra 8:21-23, 31-32; 10:1-4, 16-17)

To Humble Ourselves Before God

  • Shows that we need God more that food (Ezra 8:21; Pro. 15:23)
  • Shows that we are serious about repentance (Ezra 10:1-4; Neh. 1:4-7)

To Ask For Something Important

  • Shows that we are trusting God (Ezra 8:21-23, 31-32)
  • Sets us up for the unexpected (Eph. 3:20)

To Free People Who Are In Bondage

  • It takes effort to unravel broken lives (Ezra 10:16-17)
  • It takes patience and humility to help others (Gal. 6:1)

Getting Personal - Fast and Pray

  • What is the reason that you want to fast?
  • When are you going to fast and for how long



Robert F.