Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Christian Journey

The series: "Improving your Christian Walk"
1. Your Walk With God
2. Your Daily Walk - Christian Behavior/Lifestyle
3. Your Spiritual Journey

Definition of Journey = the long walk/extended walk ..... your spiritual pilgrimage in this life.

The daily walk is segments of the journey. The journey starts at spiritual birth and ends at physical death.


#1. The journey begins before spiritual birth.
begins with awareness, encounters, *call of God.....
Note: it's more than you seeking Him. It's Him seeking you!! Luke 19:10 Rev. 3:20

When you feel Him calling, don't reject Him. He only wants the best for you.

#2. Whether you advance from here is your decision. (be born again)
He will call you, but not force you. John 3:1-7 - spiritual birth, not physical rebirth.
John 1:11-13

#3. The journey doesn't end until death.
It doesn't mean that you'll have the strength, vitality, clarity you did as a young person.
But it does mean that you'll have His presence. Phil. 1:4-6
There is no place for retirement from the Christian walk.

4. The goal is not heaven. The destination is heaven. The Christian journey is about life here on earth.
The goals are transformation, personal development, better representation (ambassador), more effective ministry, greater understanding...
Is Matt. 4:19 just about "follow me to heaven"??? It's fishing for men. We're to be salt and light and make a difference. Eph. 2:10

#5. You'll often feel alone.
A. that's the nature of the journey ... it's individual, personal, spiritual
B. nobody can get inside your head or heart. Nobody can experience what you experience so in that respect you are alone in your journey.

#6. You'll never be alone.
A. fellow travelers/we're all in the same boat .... 1 Cor. 10:13 (a)
Most importantly - B. the ever-present Christ "with you always..."
"never leave you or forsake you"...
God never abandons us.

#7. The way you travel matters at the destination
Question: In scripture, how much content describes where we're going??
In contrast, how much instructs us in how to travel until then??
Why?? Obviously, it is VERY important HOW we travel!!!

The majority of Biblical content is about life between our spiritual birth and physical death.

2 Tim. 4:6-8

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