“A Blueprint For Life”


The Need for a Blueprint

Matthew 7:13-14

Jesus taught that in this world there are basically two paths a human being can choose to take in their life (Mathew 7:13-14).

Path Number One – This path is described as having a wide gate and a broad road and lots of people on it.

Path Number Two – This path is described as having a small gate and a narrow road and not many people are on it compared to path number one.

The most impactful aspect of each of these paths is where they lead. Path Number One leads to destruction both in this life and the one to come. Path Number Two actually leads to life.  A superabundant life of blessing while on the Earth and eternal life with God in Heaven after death.

Jesus also told us that there are two powerful recruiters behind each of these paths. Path Number One is promoted and recruited for by Satan himself while Path Number Two is prepared, paid for and personally offered to everyone by God himself through the person of Jesus Christ (John 10:10, 3:16).

Why is it so important to understand these two paths and the fact that each human being much chose one, especially when it comes to being a Christian young adult in today’s world? Because not only will this decision impact our eternal destiny but it also impacts our life on earth right now! God has a purpose for all of our lives and His purpose will be accomplished no matter what. If we learn to follow Him and make wise decisions, our path to accomplishing that purpose will be filled with joy, success and fulfillment (Joshua 1:8). However, if we make unwise choices and refuse to follow God then the path to fulfilling that purpose can be very painful and difficult (Psalm 1:1-6)!

So what does choosing to follow God look like?

I would like to spend the next few days answering that question out of the book of First Timothy and chapter four. In this chapter, Paul is giving to Timothy, his young protegee, instructions about the world he was living in and the way he should live in it as a believer in Jesus Christ. As we examine what Paul taught Timothy, I believe we’ll glean a clear blueprint for how to live life successfully in our current world as a Christian young adult.

Paul begins with a look at the current condition of the world. We will examine that description in tomorrow’s article.

See you then!

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“A Blueprint For Life”


A Blueprint for Life

“Investing In Those Who Impact Our Future”

1 Timothy Chapter 4

INTRODUCTION

I asked several of the young adults in our ministry this question, “What do you fear the most about becoming a young adult?” Based on their answers, we came up with 7 main areas of life that they felt were a challenge as they became young adults in today’s world.

Here are those areas:

 1. Vocation – what am I going to do for a job?

2. Financial – how am I going to make enough money to afford life?

3. Relationships – will I get married and how will I know when I find the right one?

4. Spiritual Stability – how can I remain ethical and true to God in the midst of a difficult world?

5. Significance – how can I feel valuable and important?

6. Success – what is real success and how can I achieve it?

7. Ministry – What is ministry & how can I serve God if I’m not a preacher, missionary, church worker or minister?

Together we took several weeks and discussed the answer to all of these questions. As a result of our study with these young adults, we are currently writing a Bible study series that will help young adults get Bible answers to these questions and more entitled, “The Challenge of Facing Real Life.”

It is this type of information that our young adults need so that they can make it in life.  According to the Center for Disease Control in their  “Understanding Suicide Fact Sheet 2012”, 36,000 people in America take their own life every year. Another 374,000 people every year try and do not succeed.

It is critical that we help our young adults learn how to “Face the Challenge of Real Life!” This is what we’re seeking to do at “The Fellowship of Young Christian Professionals” organization.

The passage of Scripture that God has used in our hearts to help us understand the blueprint young adults need to follow in order to succeed in life (and all of us for that matter), is found in 1 Timothy chapter 4.

Over the next several days I would like for us to take a look at what God says about how to live life, especially as a young adult. Beginning tomorrow we will talk about the following topics in 1 Timothy chapter 4:

1. The Need for a Blueprint

2. The Condition of the World

3. The Charge to Take Action

4. The Blueprint

5. The Results

I hope you will join us for the next several days as we study together “A Blueprint for Life.”

See you tomorrow!