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  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. (Matthew 13:18-21)

  • Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. (Matthew 13:22,23)

  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective ChristiansFor ones own relationship with GodDo not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? (2 Corinthians 6:14,15)Being Separate From the World

  • For ones own relationship with GodAnd what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you? (2 Corinthians 6:16,17)Being Separate From the WorldSeven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • For effectiveness in the worldYou are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. (Matthew 5:13,14)Seven Habits of Highly Effective ChristiansBeing Separate From the World

  • For effectiveness in the worldNor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:15,16)Being Separate From the WorldSeven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • For effectiveness in the worldThat you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. (Philippians 2:15,16)Being Separate From the WorldSeven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • An upward outlookTherefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. (2 Corinthians 4:16,17)Keeping a Positive AttitudeSeven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • An attitude of gratitudeBe anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6,7)Keeping a Positive AttitudeSeven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • A focus on things beneficial and productiveFinally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)Keeping a Positive AttitudeSeven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • ContentmentNot that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. (Philippians 4:11,12)Keeping a Positive AttitudeSeven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • A can-do attitudeI can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)Keeping a Positive AttitudeSeven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • Continual GrowthThe need for growthFor though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:12-14)Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • Continual GrowthAccomplished by feeding on Gods wordTherefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby. (1 Peter 2:1,2)Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • Continual GrowthIn faith and loveWe are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other. (2 Thessalonians 1:3)Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • Continual GrowthAdding faith to ensure successBut also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. (2 Peter 1:5-7)Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • Continual GrowthAdding faith to ensure successFor if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. (2 Peter 1:8,9)Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • The high cost of living the Christian lifeFor which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish. (Luke 14:28-30)Willing to Pay the Price for SuccessSeven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • Salvation involves workTherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12)Seven Habits of Highly Effective ChristiansWilling to Pay the Price for Success

  • Temperance requires disciplineAnd everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:25-27)Seven Habits of Highly Effective ChristiansWilling to Pay the Price for Success

  • Growth requires giving all diligence.And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end. (Hebrews 6:11)But also for this very reason, giving all diligence (2 Peter 1:5)Seven Habits of Highly Effective ChristiansWilling to Pay the Price for Success

  • A necessary part of serving ChristAnd the King will answer and say to them, Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me. (Matthew 25:40)Dedication to Serving OthersSeven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • When we, through love, serve others, we assure our heartsBut whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:17,18)Seven Habits of Highly Effective ChristiansDedication to Serving Others

  • The measure of true success in the kingdomYet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. (Mark 10:43-45)Seven Habits of Highly Effective ChristiansDedication to Serving Others

  • That we may win others to ChristFor though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more. and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law. (1 Corinthians 9:19,20)Seven Habits of Highly Effective ChristiansDedication to Serving Others

  • Take advantage of opportunities when they arise.Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going. (Ecclesiastes 9:10)Being Effective Time ManagersSeven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • Today is the day to serve God; youre running out of time.For He says: In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2)Seven Habits of Highly Effective ChristiansBeing Effective Time Managers

  • Time is to be redeemed.Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:16)Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. (Colossians 4:5)Seven Habits of Highly Effective ChristiansBeing Effective Time Managers

  • Looking unto Jesus.Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)Keeping Their Eyes on the GoalSeven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • Looking to attain to the resurrection from the deadThat I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:10,11)Seven Habits of Highly Effective ChristiansKeeping Their Eyes on the Goal

  • Looking for a city to come-- heavenBlessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you. (1 Peter 1:3,4)Seven Habits of Highly Effective ChristiansKeeping Their Eyes on the Goal

  • Being Separate from the WorldKeeping a Positive AttitudeContinual GrowthWilling to Pay the Price for Success Dedication to Serving OthersBeing Effective Time ManagersKeeping Their Eyes on the GoalSeven Habits of Highly Effective Christians

  • I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:1-5)

  • If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. (John 15:6-8)

    Title Slide: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. (Books by Stephen R. Convey7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleThe 77 Habits of Highly Ineffective Christiansby Chris Fabry) Both are so-called Christian authors who write from an ecumenical standpoint. They present some good points, but why not allow God to give us His perspective*Our TextMatt.13:18-21*Our TextMatt.13:18-21*Being Separate From the World. 2 Cor. 6:14,15Gods people are not on the same page as those living in the world. Where is the common ground between the Christian and the worldly person?*Being Separate From the World. 2 Cor. 6:16,17Gods people must make a clean break from the world to enter a personal relationship with Him. They cannot hold on to both! (Matt.6:24) Also see Rev.18:4come out from the sins of world*Being Separate From the World. Matt.5:13,14Gods people are the salt and light in an evil, sinful world. We MUST be the guiding light and influence in this ungodly world.*Being Separate From the World. Matt.5:15,16Gods people are the salt and light in an evil, sinful world. We MUST be the guiding light and influence in this ungodly world.*Being Separate From the World. Phil.2:15,16Gods people must HOLD FORTH the word of Life so others can see the way to eternal life. Only by using His wordcan men labor in a profitable and worthy way!*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Keeping a Positive Attitude. (1) An Upward outlook. (2 Cor. 4:16,17) also read 18. We will not allow the temporal to overshadow the eternal things we have as promised by Christ!*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Keeping a Positive Attitude. (2) An attitude of gratitude. (Phil.4:6,7) Gods people need to be grateful for the care that God provides for us. We are blessed, and we need to be thankful!*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Keeping a Positive Attitude. (3) A focus on things beneficial and productive. (Phil.4:8) We need to put good things into our hearts and meditate on them. Also read vs. 9follow the godly examples of others*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Keeping a Positive Attitude. (3) Contentment. (Phil.4:11,12) Gods people need to learn to be content with our circumstances and situation. *Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Keeping a Positive Attitude. (4) A can-do attitude. (Phil.4:13) Gods people need to remember that our strength comes from Christnot ourselves. Learn to depend on Him instead of ourselves.*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Continual Growth(1) The need for growthHeb.5:12-14. Every Christian MUST grow steadily. Each grows at his own pace, but failure to grow causes one to regress*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Continual Growth.(2) Accomplished by feeding upon Gods word.1 Peter 2:1,2. Every Christian must DEVELOP a spiritual appetite for Gods wordit is the only food for our souls! (Matt.4:4)*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Continual Growth.(3) In faith and love.2 Thess.1:3. Every Christian needs to grow in faith (an active obedient life) and in love for God, the brethren, and the word. (Matt.22:37,38; 1 Jno.4:19-21; Psa.119:104)*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Continual Growth. (4) Adding faith to ensure success.2 Pet. 1:5-7. Every Christian needs to add these graces to his life in order to maintain spiritual maturity*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Continual Growth.(4) Adding faith to ensure success.2 Pet. 1:8,9. Every Christian needs to add these graces to his life in order to maintain spiritual maturityThis makes our calling and election sure. (vs.10,11)*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Pay the Price for Success.(1) The high cost of living the Christian life.Lk.14:28-30. We need to understand the cost involved in being a Christianthat cost is discipleship.*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Pay the Price for Success.(2) Salvation involves work.Phil.2:12. Christians must choose to follow Gods instructions in their livesthis is a personal matter! Also see Jno.6:27.*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Pay the Price for Success.(3) Temperance requires discipline.1 Cor. 9:25-27. Those who would be Christians will find that self-discipline is a necessary part of walking worthy of our calling. Paul did this DAILYso must we. *Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Pay the Price for Success.(4) Growth requires giving all diligence.Heb.6:11; 2 Pet.1:5. Every Christian must give every ounce of effort to be faithful to his commitment to Christ*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Dedication to Serving Others.(1) A necessary part of serving Christ.Matt.25:31-46. In this passages contextthe judgment scene--God will base ones eternal destiny on his willingness to serve others!*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Dedication to Serving Others.(2) When we, through love, serve others, we assure our hearts.1 Jno.3:17,18. Love must be the motive behind our service to othersit shows that Gods love is in us.*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Dedication to Serving Others.(3) The measure of true success in the kingdom.Mk.10:43-45. No one can be a successful Christian without having the heart of a servant.*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Dedication to Serving Others.(4) That we may win others to Christ.1 Cor.9:19,20. Paul explains the different approaches he took in seeking ways to win others for Christ. We must learn to adapt ourselves to the place where another person is in his understanding of Christ. We do not compromisewe improvise. *Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Being Effective Time Managers.(1) Take advantage of opportunities when they arise.Ecclesiastes 9:10. We need to use our opportunities wisely while were alivenone will be available after death. Remember the rich manLk.15:19ff Also see Gal.6:10.*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Being Effective Time Managers.(2) Today is the day to serve God; youre running out of time.2 Cor.6:2. The clock is ticking, and God is the timekeeper. Also see Rom.13:11*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. Being Effective Time Mangers. (3) Time is to be redeemed. (Eph.5:16; Col.4:5) We must carefully use the time weve been givenbefore its all gone. *Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. They Keep Their Eyes on the Goal. (1) Looking unto Jesus. (Heb.12:1-3) We need to keep our eyes on the Master. He will lead us, sustain us, and give us the strength we need to reach our goalheaven.*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. They Keep Their Eyes on the Goal. (2) Looking to attain to the resurrection from the dead. (Phil.3:10,11) One needs to live his life like he knows where hes headedresurrection from the dead on the last day. Looking forward to meeting the Lord. Must press onvs.12-14.*Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians. They Keep Their Eyes on the Goal. (3) Looking for a city to comeheaven. (1 Pet.1:3,4) Heaven is the goal; dont lose sight of this eternal home with God and His faithful children. Heb.11:13-16*Review*Closing TextJohn 15:1-5*Closing TextJohn 15:6-8Invitation*

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