Message Notes - April 14th, 2024
Message Notes -
April 14th, 2024

Committed Series: Talents

Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

33 | But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33 (AMP)

33 | But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.

Identity Crisis
We are HIS workmanship

Ephesians 2:8-10 (AMP)

8 | For it is by grace [God's remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God;

9 | not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation].

10 | For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].

1 John 3:1-3 (NIV)

1 | See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called chil-dren of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

2 | Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

3 | All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

What is your motive in Life?

Matthew 23:5-7, 11-12 (NIV)

5 | “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries (scripture boxes on their heads) wide and the tassels on their garments long

6 | they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the syn-agogues;

7 | they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others....

11 | The greatest among you will be your servant.

12 | For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble them-selves will be exalted.

Proverbs 16:1–3 (AMP)

- 1 The plans and reflections of the heart belong to man, But the (wise) answer of the tongue is from the LORD.

- 2 All the ways of a man are clean and innocent in his own eyes (and he may see nothing wrong with his actions), But the LORD weighs and examines the motives and intents (of the heart and knows the truth).

- 3 Commit your works to the LORD (submit and trust them to Him), And your plans will succeed (if you respond to His will and guidance)

We are to use our gifts for Him, not for our ourselves!

Ephesians 2:10 (CSB)

- 10 | For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.

1. We can use our talents and skills to directly help the Kingdom of God.
2. We can use the income from our livelihood as a tool to help spread the Gospel!
3. We can be a witness to the people we work with and for in our daily profession!

Hebrews 10:23-24 (AMP)

23 | Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word];

24 | and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds,

Timothy's servant heart

Philippians 2:19-24 (AMP)

19 | But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may also be encouraged by learning news about you.

20 | For I have no one else [like him who is] so kindred a spirit who will be genuinely concerned for your [spiritual] welfare.

21 | For the others [who deserted me after my arrest] all seek [to advance] their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

22 | But you know of Timothy's tested worth and his proven character, that he has served with me to advance the gospel like a son serving with his father.

What we do is not for us, its for God and for HIS kingdom!
What would it look like if our motives, along with your gifts and talents were fully committed to God?

Committed Series: Talents

Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

33 | But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33 (AMP)

33 | But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.

Identity Crisis
We are HIS workmanship

Ephesians 2:8-10 (AMP)

8 | For it is by grace [God's remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God;

9 | not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation].

10 | For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].

1 John 3:1-3 (NIV)

1 | See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called chil-dren of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

2 | Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

3 | All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

What is your motive in Life?

Matthew 23:5-7, 11-12 (NIV)

5 | “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries (scripture boxes on their heads) wide and the tassels on their garments long

6 | they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the syn-agogues;

7 | they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others....

11 | The greatest among you will be your servant.

12 | For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble them-selves will be exalted.

Proverbs 16:1–3 (AMP)

- 1 The plans and reflections of the heart belong to man, But the (wise) answer of the tongue is from the LORD.

- 2 All the ways of a man are clean and innocent in his own eyes (and he may see nothing wrong with his actions), But the LORD weighs and examines the motives and intents (of the heart and knows the truth).

- 3 Commit your works to the LORD (submit and trust them to Him), And your plans will succeed (if you respond to His will and guidance)

We are to use our gifts for Him, not for our ourselves!

Ephesians 2:10 (CSB)

- 10 | For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.

1. We can use our talents and skills to directly help the Kingdom of God.
2. We can use the income from our livelihood as a tool to help spread the Gospel!
3. We can be a witness to the people we work with and for in our daily profession!

Hebrews 10:23-24 (AMP)

23 | Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word];

24 | and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds,

Timothy's servant heart

Philippians 2:19-24 (AMP)

19 | But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may also be encouraged by learning news about you.

20 | For I have no one else [like him who is] so kindred a spirit who will be genuinely concerned for your [spiritual] welfare.

21 | For the others [who deserted me after my arrest] all seek [to advance] their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

22 | But you know of Timothy's tested worth and his proven character, that he has served with me to advance the gospel like a son serving with his father.

What we do is not for us, its for God and for HIS kingdom!
What would it look like if our motives, along with your gifts and talents were fully committed to God?