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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


4 1. The Perfect Coach Coaching is a profession of love. You cant coach people unless you love them - Eddie Robinson Coach, Grambling State

5 1. The Perfect Coach 1.Smart – Isa. 55:8-9 2.Engaged – Ps. 139:1-4 3.Experienced – Ps. 90:2 4.Energetic – Eph. 1:19 5.Composed – Ps. 62:6 6.Caring – Ps. 55:22 7.Honorable – Isa. 6:3 8.Instructive – 2 Tim. 3: Challenging – Jn. 15:2 10.Encouraging – 2 Cor. 1:3-4 Meet the Coach 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 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 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 what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. Eph. 1:19 He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. Ps. 62:6 Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. Ps. 55:22 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 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 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 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

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

7 1. The Perfect Coach Satan or God? Choose Your Team? 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


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

10 1. Commitment -School -Military Service -Marriage -Work -Family -God What Commitments Do We Make?

11 1. Commitment 1.Never leave you – Heb. 13:5 2.Nothing can separate – Rom. 8: Complete care – Ps. 23:1 Gods Commitment to You

12 1. Commitment 1.Gave up heaven for you – 2 Cor. 8:9 2.Left an example for you – 1 Pet. 2:21 3.Defeated death for you – Heb. 2: Intercedes for you – 1 Jn. 2:1 5.Coming back for you – Jn. 14:1-3 Jesus Commitment to You

13 1. Commitment 1.Hear – Rom. 10:17 2.Believe – Matt. 16:16 3.Repent – Lk. 13:3 4.Confess – Acts 8: Baptized – Acts 2:38 How to Commit to Christ

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


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 2. Fellowship 1.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 - 1 Thess. 5:12-13 How to Commit to the Church

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

19 2. Fellowship 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 How to Commit to the Church

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


22 3. Bible Study You cant get from A to Z by passing up B - Nick Saban Alabama Crimson Tide

23 3. Bible Study Why Should I Study? 1.Commanded by God – Col. 3:16 2.Bible is reliable and completely true – Jn. 17:17 3.Scripture has saving power – 2 Tim. 3:15 4.Because it works – 2 Tim. 3:16-17 How to Commit to Bible Study

24 3. Bible Study What do you long for in life? 1.Better character? 2.Greater influence? 3.More usefulness? 4.Increased peace? How to Commit to Bible Study

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

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

27 3. 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 How to Commit to Bible Study


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

30 4. Prayer 1.Commanded – 1 Thess. 5:17 2.Stories to encourage prayer – Lk. 18:1-8 3.Examples of effective prayers – Jas. 5: Promises of the benefit of prayer – Prov. 15:29 Incentive to Practice Daily Prayer

31 4. Prayer 1.Pray to the Father – Matt. 6: Pray through Jesus – Col. 3:17 Principles of Prayer

32 4. Prayer ACTS 1.Adoration – Matt. 6:9 2.Confession – Lk. 18: Thanksgiving – Phil. 4:6 4.Supplication – 1 Pet. 5:7 Topics in Prayer

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


35 5. Discipline Without discipline, success is impossible, period - Lou Holtz Notre Dame

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

37 5. Discipline 1.Purpose – Jn. 8:31 2.Prioritize – Phil. 1:20 3.Plan – Prov. 21:5 4.Pray 5.Practice 6.Persevere Keys to Control

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

39 5. Discipline 1.Digital Distractions 2.Unhealthy Relationships – 1 Cor. 15:33 3.Overcommitting 4.Impatience – 2 Thess. 3:5 5.Discouragement 6.Besetting Sins – Jn. 15:13 Hindrances to Self-Control


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

43 6. Virtue 1.His What the Holy Spirit Does

44 6. Virtue 1.His Walking in the Spirit

45 6. Virtue Gal. 5: Love 2.Joy 3.Peace 4.Longsuffering 5.Kindness 6.Goodness 7.Gentleness 8.Faithfulness 9.Self-Control Virtues of the Spirit Change your mind, change your life!


47 7. Service Gods 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 -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 Two Sided Coin

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

50 7. Service 1.Remember that sooner or later you will need help too – Matt. 7:12 2.You dont have to be rich or famous to excel in giving – Lk. 21:1-3; Jn You must open your eyes to see opportunities – Jn. 4:35 4.Serving others is the reason you exist – Eph. 2:10; Matt. 5:16 5.God lets you choose between a life of selfishness or service – Rom. 2:6-8 Principles of Christian Service

51 7. 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: You are more blessed by giving than receiving – Acts 20:35 Principles of Christian Service


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 1.Give Purposely – 2 Cor. 9:7 2.Give Proportionately – 1 Cor. 16:2 3.Give Cheerfully – 2 Cor. 9:7 4.Give Confidently – Mal. 3:10 5.Give Selflessly – Lk. 6:35 6.Give Abundantly – 2 Cor. 9:6 7.Give Faithfully – 1 Cor. 16:2 8.Give Sacrificially – 2 Cor. 8:2 9.Give Diversely – Matt. 23:23 10.Give Spontaneously – Lk. 10:33 10 Rules for Giving


56 9. Evangelism Its okay to have personal ambitions, but you have to take someone with you -Roger Staubach Dallas Cowboys

57 9. Evangelism -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 Hitting Your Stride

58 9. Evangelism 1.Commitment – Jn. 19:30 2.Fellowship – Acts 2:47 3.Bible Study – Rom. 1:16 4.Prayer – Eph. 6: Discipline 6.Virtue 7.Service 8.Giving – Matt. 6:19-21 Review 8 Strategies

59 9. Evangelism 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? A Simple Plan

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


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

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

64 1 Cor. 15:58 2.Be Immovable – 1 Cor. 13:7-8; Eph. 6:14-17 Pauls Threefold Challenge 10. Perseverance

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

66 1 Cor. 15:58 1.Be Steadfast – Dont resign 2.Be Immovable – Dont retreat 3.Abound in the Work of the Lord – Dont relax Pauls Threefold Challenge 10. Perseverance

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


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

70 Longing for Heaven - Christians are encouraged to think about heaven daily. This will make us think of heavenly values. 1.Putting away evil desires and harmful behaviors they produce – Col. 3:5-9 2.Replacing old habits with better ones – Col. 3:12-17 Pauls Daily Challenge

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

72 Longing for Heaven -The disciples knew exactly where Jesus was headed – Jn. 14:1-3 -The thief on the cross had no confusion about Christs ultimate destination – Lk. 23: 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 Ultimate Guessing Game

73 Be a Team Player You and I are players; Gods our coach; and were 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 Be a Team Player 1.Families 2.Church 3.Team spread throughout world – Acts 2 God Loves to Work in Teams

75 Be a Team Player 1 Cor. 12: Coordination 2.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 God Loves to Work in Teams

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