University Objectives… (Reviewed)
_________ the Word!
___________ the Word!
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Semper Vivus: __________________ ____________
“This __________ is ___________!”
“An institution of ________________ at the highest ____________.”
Principle Six (of 12)
The ___________________ Principle
I can find ultimate purpose in life only by learning the essentials of expectancy and endurance in light of Christ’s planned return to earth for His Church. I must live each day consciously expecting His immediate return, though planning carefully the events of my life should He delay His coming. I hereby resolve to choose this course of action daily, and in God’s power I consider it done.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words. — 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (NIV)
“A proposition upon which an ___________________ is based or from which a ___________________ is drawn.”
The believer’s effectiveness in __________________ God’s total ________________ for his or her __________ on earth is directly proportional to that believer’s understanding that all we do in life must ____________ ultimately on _______________.
In Anticipation of Eternity! (A Biblical Foundation)
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. — Colossians 3:1-4 (NLT)
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. — Romans 8:18-23 (NIV)
Since we have such [glorious] hope (such joyful and confident expectation), we speak very freely and openly and fearlessly. — 2 Corinthians 3:12 (AMPC)
For we have become fellows with Christ (the Messiah) and share in all He has for us, if only we hold our first newborn confidence and original assured expectation [in virtue of which we are believers] firm and unshaken to the end. — Hebrews 3:14 (AMPC)
We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News. — Colossians 1:3-5 (NLT)
Living a Life With a View Toward Eternity
1. Imperative One:
I must develop a _______________ recognition of the ________________ of ________.
One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. — Psalm 27:4 (NKJV)
The Prophetic Declaration of Moses Over the Tribe of Benjamin
Benjamin: “God’s beloved; God’s permanent residence. Encircled by God all day long, within whom God is at home.” — Deuteronomy 33:12 (MSG)
2. Imperative Two:
I must develop a daily __________________ habit in _____________, praise and the _____________ of God’s __________.
As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. — Psalm 55:16-17 (NIV)
Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. — Psalm 5:3 (NLT)
3. Imperative Three:
I must develop a keen ______________ for the ____________ and __________________ of this ___________.
But take heed to yourselves, and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with… worldly worries and cares pertaining to [the business of] this life, and [lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose… — Luke 21:34 (AMPC)
4. Imperative Four:
I must develop a new commitment to ___________ in and strengthen Christ’s ___________.
Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night… So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober… Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. — 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2, 6, 11 (NIV)
5. Imperative Five:
I must develop a fresh _________________ of the multitudes who have ___________ heard about _____________!
Don’t you have a saying, “It’s still four months until harvest”? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. — John 4:35 (NIV)
6. Imperative Six:
I must develop a deep ___________________ for the _____________ of God’s __________.
Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the [Holy] Spirit… — 1 Thessalonians 5:19 (AMPC)
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. — Ephesians 4:30 (NKJV)
Talk Back Time: (Share what you’ve learned with your small group.)
What do you think it means to suggest that a believer can only pursue God’s full purposes for his or her life on earth by focusing all one does on eternity? In what ways do you think a believer can achieve this objective in life?
Pray Back Time: (Pray what you’ve learned in your small group.)
Ask God to give you a better understanding of how you might live your life with a greater view toward eternity. Pray for those you know who do not grasp the significance of eternity and have yet to receive Christ into their lives.