by Jerry Watts

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High Expectations (25 of 49)
Series: Romans- God's Glorious Gospel
Jerry Watts
Romans 8:16-25

• In 1999 the Broadman Holman Publishers released a book written by Dr. Thom Rainer entitled, "High Expectations." The thesis of this book is that churches who expect much from their members get much. Conversely, it is true that if a church expects little, it will get what it expects. Dr. Rainer made his case after hearing from and studying several dozen churches from almost every state in the Union. You see, when you have HIGH expectations for anything, it will change your approach, and outlook.
• This morning I submit to you that our expectations about Christ and what HE can and will give to us, will impact our approach to life, our activities in life, and our outlook beyond life. If you and I keep our focus and find our hope only in this life we will be, like Paul writes, most miserable. And that is not a good place to be. But if our hope is built on nothring
• When Jesus comes into our life, we can and should have high expectations. He expects much from us and He expects much for us. Because of our connection to Him, through our coming to faith, the bar for our life and our future should be raised to a higher level than humankind can image. So let me ask, "Why should we have high expectations" and then, let me offer 5 reasons to expect much.
1. My Partnership with Christ - Quite honestly, I have mixed emotions about the sound of this thought. By definition, partnership is the sharing the profit and losses, the good and the bad, the triumphs and failure, and the joy and the suffering. Here's the thing, I think I like the profits, the good, the triumphs, and the joys, but I prefer NOT to have to share the cross. Yet the Bible says that I am a partner and share with Him in an inheritance, an abundant life, and one day a home in heaven.
• Verse 17 says we are co or joint heirs with Jesus. This means we are in it together. We suffer like He d ...

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