by Jerry Watts

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In Need of Something - Pt 2 (9 of 49)
Series: Romans- God's Glorious Gospel
Jerry Watts
Romans 3:9-20

• (Please turn with me to Romans 3). In his book, "The Seven Habits of Highly effective people, Dr. Stephen Covey give us habit #2, "Begin with the end in mind." This habit is built around the twice created principle. Everything is created mentally and then physically.
• To build a house you first conceive it, have an architect draw it, and even give a "rendering of it". All of this is done before even a shovel of dirt is moved. Then based on the mental work that has been completed, you prepare the ground, buy the materials, and begin to build "based" on those written plans. Not one of us would think of beginning a project like this without having thought it through, planned it out, and having a mental picture of what we desired our house to look like upon completion. To do so would be ludicrous and expensive.
• If we take so much care and planning on building a house, is it a fair question to ask, "why is it that we spend such little time and care on building a life?" For the average person, we get this reversed and physical before we do the mental. The result is life becomes more expensive and doesn't turn out like we hoped it would.
• For a while this morning, I want you to think about your life. Consider this, when the end of your life on earth comes, what do you desire to be next? Do you want to look back over your earthly life and sense you have lived a full and complete life? When you stand before God, do you wish to hear the words "Well done?" Do you desire to spend an eternity with God in a place called the New Jerusalem? If so, what is it that you need to make that a reality? Our need is driven by our desired destination.
• The more I read scripture and seek intimacy with God, the more I come to believe that today's message is fundamental and foundational to what we truly desire.
• Let's Read our text. Today we have read what ...

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