My Building (4 of 4) by Jerry Watts

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My Building (4 of 4)
Series: Purpose for a New Year
Jerry Watts
Colossians 3:1-4

(NOTE: I am indebted to Dr. Gene Mimms, Dr. Thom Rainer, and Dr Rick Warren for their writings that assisted greatly with this series of messages)

• We began, what has been for me - a journey - four messages to discover, understand, develop, and live our lives (personally and collectively) according to God's purpose/mission/vision for us. We've talked about how to start it, the myths related to 'purpose living and church growth', and the foundation for achieving this; so tonight, let's conclude our 'structure' the idea "my building." Your building is YOUR LIFE. It is what you are to do, how you are to function, and how you are to live. The Bible teaches us the 'how-to' live with, on, and for a purpose. Let's read our text.

• We have before mentioned 'confusion.' A man decided to commit suicide. Saturating his body with gasoline, he put a rope around his neck, tied it to a tree limb that jutted out over a river. He put a pistol to his temple. He then set a match to his body, jumped from the tree and pulled the trigger on the pistol. Missing his temple, the bullet hit the rope and cut it and he fell in the water below which immediately put out the flames. As he climbed back up the bank of the river, gasping, he said, "Wow! If I hadn't have been a good swimmer I'd have drowned!" Clyde Murdock, submitted by Robert Strand, Grand Junction, Colorado.+

• Thomas Carlyle "The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder, a waif, a nothing, a no man". Whether individually or collectively, it is dangerous to live without a purpose. This type of living can lead to depression (and depression is epidemic today. Solomon suggest that without a purpose, "What's the use? You're chasing the wind and reaping the whirlwind."

• In God's design of building the church, everyone has a purpose, a part to plan, and a divine design to live. 1 Cor 12 tells us we ar ...

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