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1 Strategies for Abundant Living

2 “I have come that you might have life, and that you may have it more abundantly” Jn. 10:10

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4 1. The Perfect Coach “Coaching is a profession of love. You can’t coach people unless you love them” Eddie Robinson Coach, Grambling State

5 Meet the Coach 1. The Perfect Coach Smart – Isa. 55:8-9
Engaged – Ps. 139:1-4 Experienced – Ps. 90:2 Energetic – Eph. 1:19 Composed – Ps. 62:6 Caring – Ps. 55:22 Honorable – Isa. 6:3 Instructive – 2 Tim. 3:16-17 Challenging – Jn. 15:2 Encouraging – 2 Cor. 1:3-4 “He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.” Ps. 62:6 “And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!" Isa. 6:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” 2 Cor. 1:3-4 “Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” Ps. 55:22 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” 2 Tim. 3:16-17 “what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.” Eph. 1:19 “Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” Ps. 90:2 “O LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.” Ps. 139:1-4 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit” Jn. 15:2 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isa. 55:8-9

6 Coaching Staff 1. The Perfect Coach Elders – 1 Pet. 5:1-3
Teachers and Preachers – 2 Tim. 4:2 Parents – Prov. 22:6 Loving Brethren – Gal. 6:1-2

7 Satan or God? Choose Your Team? 1. The Perfect Coach Coach Can:
Each Player Must Accept Responsibility on Field Coach Can: Draw up perfect plays Remind you to do your homework But cannot study and practice for you

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9 “No one has ever drowned in sweat.”
1. Commitment “No one has ever drowned in sweat.” - Lou Holtz Notre Dame

10 What Commitments Do We Make?
School Military Service Marriage Work Family God

11 God’s Commitment to You
Never leave you – Heb. 13:5 Nothing can separate – Rom. 8:38-39 Complete care – Ps. 23:1

12 Jesus’ Commitment to You
Gave up heaven for you – 2 Cor. 8:9 Left an example for you – 1 Pet. 2:21 Defeated death for you – Heb. 2:14-15 Intercedes for you – 1 Jn. 2:1 Coming back for you – Jn. 14:1-3

13 1. Commitment How to Commit to Christ Hear – Rom. 10:17
Believe – Matt. 16:16 Repent – Lk. 13:3 Confess – Acts 8:36-38 Baptized – Acts 2:38

14 Commitment and Courage
Without courage, there can be no commitment Love is the basis of meaningful commitment – 1 Jn. 4:20-21 A commitment is something you keep – Jn. 14:15

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16 2. Fellowship “If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals for the good of the team” Bud Wilkinson Oklahoma Sooners

17 How to Commit to the Church
2. Fellowship How to Commit to the Church Commit to your Elders – Heb. 13:17 When you find it difficult: Believe they genuinely care for you – 1 Cor. 13:7 Realize they must consider multiple interest Thess. 5:12-13

18 How to Commit to the Church
2. Fellowship How to Commit to the Church 2. Commit to Church Assemblies – Heb. 10:25 Neglect worship, study, fellowship we drift from Christ – Heb. 2:1

19 How to Commit to the Church
2. Fellowship How to Commit to the Church 3. Commit to one Another “We are born for cooperation, as are the feet, the hands, the eyelids, and the upper and lower jaws.” - Marcus Aurelius Roman Emperor

20 How to Commit to the Church
2. Fellowship How to Commit to the Church 3. Commit to one Another Acts 2:44-47 Acts 4:32-37 1 Thess. 5:11 Rom. 12:15 Gal. 6:1

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22 “You can’t get from A to Z by passing up B”
3. Bible Study “You can’t get from A to Z by passing up B” - Nick Saban Alabama Crimson Tide

23 How to Commit to Bible Study
Why Should I Study? Commanded by God – Col. 3:16 Bible is reliable and completely true – Jn. 17:17 Scripture has saving power – 2 Tim. 3:15 Because it works – 2 Tim. 3:16-17

24 How to Commit to Bible Study
What do you long for in life? Better character? Greater influence? More usefulness? Increased peace?

25 How to Commit to Bible Study
When Should I Study? - Make it a higher priority than everything it competes against – Eph. 5:16

26 How to Commit to Bible Study
Where Should I Study? Remove all distractions Pick a specific place. Jesus retreated to the Garden of Gethsemane Have a recovery plan

27 How to Commit to Bible Study
How come so few establish this daily practice? Thorny Ground – Matt. 13:7, 22 Reclaim your spiritual health by simplifying your life and prioritizing your schedule Cannot grow until the Word dwells in us – Col. 3:16

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29 4. Prayer “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra” - Jimmy Johnson Dallas Cowboys

30 Incentive to Practice Daily Prayer
Commanded – 1 Thess. 5:17 Stories to encourage prayer – Lk. 18:1-8 Examples of effective prayers – Jas. 5:17-18 Promises of the benefit of prayer – Prov. 15:29

31 4. Prayer Principles of Prayer Pray to the Father – Matt. 6:9-10 Pray through Jesus – Col. 3:17

32 4. Prayer Topics in Prayer ACTS Adoration – Matt. 6:9
Confession – Lk. 18:13-14 Thanksgiving – Phil. 4:6 Supplication – 1 Pet. 5:7

33 4. Prayer Spirit of the Prayer
Mindful of the Father and Son in all you say The Father’s Will – Matt. 26:39 Real maturity is to acknowledge that God’s timing and solutions are superior to your own

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35 “Without discipline, success is impossible, period”
- Lou Holtz Notre Dame

36 5. Discipline Control is Possible - Prov. 25:28

37 5. Discipline Keys to Control Purpose – Jn. 8:31
Prioritize – Phil. 1:20 Plan – Prov. 21:5 Pray Practice Persevere

38 Areas in Need of Control
5. Discipline Areas in Need of Control Healthy Living – 1 Cor. 6:19-20 Holy Living - mouth – Eph. 4:29 - money – 1 Tim. 6:9 - moods – Eph. 4:26

39 Hindrances to Self-Control
5. Discipline Hindrances to Self-Control Digital Distractions Unhealthy Relationships – 1 Cor. 15:33 Overcommitting Impatience – 2 Thess. 3:5 Discouragement Besetting Sins – Jn. 15:13

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41 6. Virtue “It was great to win the Super Bowl, but really and truly what your going to leave on this earth is the influence on others” - Joe Gibbs Washington Redskins

42 6. Virtue How Holy Spirit Works
His presence challenges you – 1 Cor. 6:18-20 His pleading comforts you – Rom. 8:26-27 His purpose changes you – Jn. 16:8-11

43 What the Holy Spirit Does
6. Virtue What the Holy Spirit Does His

44 6. Virtue Walking in the Spirit His

45 Change your mind, change your life!
6. Virtue Virtues of the Spirit Gal. 5:22-23 Love Joy Peace Longsuffering Kindness Goodness Gentleness Faithfulness Self-Control Change your mind, change your life!

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47 7. Service “God’s definition of success is really one of significance – the significant difference our lives can make in the lives of others” Tony Dungy Indianapolis Colts

48 7. Service Two Sided Coin Christianity is not only about cultivating good character, but doing good deeds that manifest that character – Heb. 10:22 Holiness is a two sided coin * Works of the flesh must be avoided * Bless others - Jesus’ example of service

49 Growing through Serving
7. Service Growing through Serving Come into world without a care Some of the responsibility for your care is redirected to you. Care for the needs of another

50 Principles of Christian Service
Remember that sooner or later you will need help too – Matt. 7:12 You don’t have to be rich or famous to excel in giving – Lk. 21:1-3; Jn. 13 You must open your eyes to see opportunities – Jn. 4:35 Serving others is the reason you exist – Eph. 2:10; Matt. 5:16 God lets you choose between a life of selfishness or service – Rom. 2:6-8

51 Principles of Christian Service
6. The size of a deed does not determine its worth – Lk. 17:6 7. Service is the truest expression of love – 1 Jn. 3:18 8. You can make the world a better place – Matt. 25:34-36 9. You are more blessed by giving than receiving – Acts 20:35

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53 8. Giving “I want to be remembered as the guy who gave his all whenever he was on the field ” John Riggins Washington Redskins

54 8. Giving 10 Rules for Giving Give Purposely – 2 Cor. 9:7
Give Proportionately – 1 Cor. 16:2 Give Cheerfully – 2 Cor. 9:7 Give Confidently – Mal. 3:10 Give Selflessly – Lk. 6:35 Give Abundantly – 2 Cor. 9:6 Give Faithfully – 1 Cor. 16:2 Give Sacrificially – 2 Cor. 8:2 Give Diversely – Matt. 23:23 Give Spontaneously – Lk. 10:33

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56 9. Evangelism “It’s okay to have personal ambitions, but you have to take someone with you” Roger Staubach Dallas Cowboys

57 9. Evangelism Hitting Your Stride
You know you are hitting your stride in the growth zone when sharing the gospel becomes as natural as saying hello. Evangelism is about you cup running over – Lk. 6:45 When you walk in the Spirit, evangelism becomes second nature

58 9. Evangelism Review 8 Strategies Commitment – Jn. 19:30
Fellowship – Acts 2:47 Bible Study – Rom. 1:16 Prayer – Eph. 6:19-20 Discipline Virtue Service Giving – Matt. 6:19-21

59 9. Evangelism A Simple Plan When Was The Last Time You:
Invited someone to worship with you? Asked someone about their faith and listened before responding? Told someone how Jesus and His church have blessed your life?

60 If You are Not Recruiting People
9. Evangelism If You are Not Recruiting People Quit growing and going through the motions Fallen out of love with Jesus but don’t have the courage to call it quits - Rev. 2:1-7 “Do the first works” “Remember from where you have fallen”

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62 “God places the heaviest burden on those who can carry the weight”
10. Perseverance “God places the heaviest burden on those who can carry the weight” Reggie White Philadelphia Eagles

63 Paul’s Threefold Challenge
10. Perseverance Paul’s Threefold Challenge 1 Cor. 15:58 Be Steadfast – Lam. 3:22-24 4 Foundations for Faithful Life – Acts 2:42 - Study - Fellowship - Communion - Prayer

64 Paul’s Threefold Challenge
10. Perseverance Paul’s Threefold Challenge 1 Cor. 15:58 Be Immovable – 1 Cor. 13:7-8; Eph. 6:14-17

65 Paul’s Threefold Challenge
10. Perseverance Paul’s Threefold Challenge 1 Cor. 15:58 3. Abound in the Work of the Lord

66 Paul’s Threefold Challenge
10. Perseverance Paul’s Threefold Challenge 1 Cor. 15:58 Be Steadfast – Don’t resign Be Immovable – Don’t retreat Abound in the Work of the Lord – Don’t relax

67 “If you are not going to go all the way, why go at all”
Longing for Heaven “If you are not going to go all the way, why go at all” Joe Namath New York Jets

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69 Heaven Eph. 3:20-21 1 Cor. 2:9 Longing for Heaven
Power of Anticipation Heaven Eph. 3:20-21 1 Cor. 2:9

70 Paul’s Daily Challenge
Longing for Heaven Paul’s Daily Challenge - Christians are encouraged to think about heaven daily. This will make us think of heavenly values. Putting away evil desires and harmful behaviors they produce – Col. 3:5-9 Replacing old habits with better ones – Col. 3:12-17

71 Count Your Heavenly Blessings
Longing for Heaven Count Your Heavenly Blessings Paul said heavenly thoughts are comforting thoughts – 1 Thess. 4:13-18

72 Ultimate Guessing Game
Longing for Heaven Ultimate Guessing Game The disciples knew exactly where Jesus was headed – Jn. 14:1-3 The thief on the cross had no confusion about Christ’s ultimate destination – Lk. 23:42-43 The centurion was confident the Man he just executed was on His way home to God – Lk. 23:47 Did Paul know where he was going? Phil. 1:21-23

73 Be a Team Player “You and I are players; God’s our coach; and we’re playing the biggest game of all. We have a loving God that made us. We need to get on His team” Joe Gibbs Washington Redskins

74 God Loves to Work in Teams
Be a Team Player God Loves to Work in Teams Families Church Team spread throughout world – Acts 2

75 God Loves to Work in Teams
Be a Team Player God Loves to Work in Teams 1 Cor. 12:12-31 Coordination Consideration Help Each Other Improve Mindfulness = None of us is infinitely capable, so we must look out for one another. Acceptance = We all have faults, so we must get better at forgiving than judging Encouragement = Everyone battles self-doubt, so we must dispense more courage than criticism


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