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3 Words for 2018: Relationships, Relevance and Rigor
January 14, 2018

3 Words for 2018: Relationships, Relevance and Rigor

Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: 3 Words for 2108: Relationships

3 Words for 2018: Relationships, Relevance and Rigor is the sermon series that is intended to lift our lives as we go into the New Year. Last week, in relationships, we focused on strengthening our relationship with God. This week, we look at Relevance. What is the most important goal for 2018?  What will make a difference as you go through the year?  What will give you meaning and value as you live your life?  Relevance helps us to discern the more important from the lesser important.  It gives us a “lens” through which we can see the goals and choices that will help us find greater meaning in 2018.  No one wants to feel that they have wasted their time, energy or effort, and a clearer direction can help us find a greater sense of value and worth.  It is like the title of the book by David Campbell, If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up someplace else. Thisweek we turn to Philippians 3:10-16 where Paul acknowledges that all of his priorities shifted when he came to Jesus Christ.  All of the things he once thought were critical, were no longer important because of his experience of Jesus Christ as Lord!  What will make a difference for you in 2018?  As you read these words, let them challenge you to shift to a greater vision for your life!  Philippians 3:10-16 I want to know Christ– yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.  (NIV)

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