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Turning Knowledge into Power (1 of 7)
Series: Managing Your Spiritual Investment Portfolio
1. Turning Knowledge into Power
2. Increasing Expressions of Observable Love
3. Demonstrating Authentic Christian Living
4. Monitoring the Results of Effectual Prayer
God has made a spiritual investment in those he has called to be sons and daughters through Christ Jesus. God's investment was His Son's life! If that investment, so precious and costly, was made then what we do with that investment is going to be of the utmost importance, priority, and interest to God.
We must manage well the spiritual investment God has made in our lives. That investment is given to us by Jesus Christ's death on the cross and that is the gift of eternal life. In John chapter 15 we find this verse,
John 15:16 (NASB95)
"You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you."
Bearing fruit that remains is to manage well the spiritual investment God has made in our lives.
We do this by creating a portfolio where we begin to invest our eternal lives in four key areas. I believe the first century church had it right when they invested their time and energies in these four areas.
Out of all the things that could have been important to the first century church these four things made it to the top.
I firmly believe that God made these things a priority in their lives through Christ's teaching while He was here on earth. These were natural responses to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
When the church in Acts had these four things growing in their spiritual investment portfolio (SIP) they were then able to expand their ministry, outreach programs, discipleship programs, evangelism programs.
These four things were at the heart of being on mission for Jesus Christ.
For these four spiri ...
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