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Walking through Open Doors. Why don’t we grow? 1.Willful or unwillful ignorance 2.Moral choices 3.Intellectual choices.

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4 Why don’t we grow? 1.Willful or unwillful ignorance 2.Moral choices 3.Intellectual choices

5 “To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.” Henri Poincare “There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.” Alfred Korzybski

6 Walking Through Open Doors 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:2-6

7 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:2-6

8 NEW CREATURE  Initial Awareness of Gospel  Rejection of God  Awareness of Supreme Being  Grasp of Implications of Gospel  Positive Attitude Toward Gospel  Personal Problem Recognition DECISION TO ACT  Repentance and Faith in Christ  Post-Decision Evaluation  Incorporation into Body  Conceptual and Behavioral Growth  Reproduction ETERNITY

9 ULTIMATE questions… ORIGIN: Where did everything come from? Why are we here? MEANING: Why are we here? MORALITY: How should we live? DESTINY: What happens when we die? ORIGIN: Where did everything come from? Why are we here? MEANING: Why are we here? MORALITY: How should we live? DESTINY: What happens when we die?

10 WorldviewOriginMeaningMoralityDestiny Following Christ Created by God Glorify/love God; love others Determined by character/will of God Determined by relationship with Christ

11 WorldviewOriginMeaningMoralityDestiny NaturalismNatural means ? Self- determined Annihilation Transcenden- talism Derived from the “One” Recognize “oneness” Determined by unity/harmony Rebirth; back to the “One” TheismCreated by God Determined by God Eternity with or apart from God Following Christ Created by God Glorify/love God; love others Determined by character/will of God Determined by relationship with Christ

12 Hard Questions If God is so good, why is there so much evil in the world? If following Christ is the only true way, what about those who have never heard? What about sincere Muslims, Buddhists, etc.? Why is the Bible the only “word of God?”

13 PrayWalkTalk Pray that God will open doors for opportunities to communicate His incredible message of grace. Go overboard in letting your life commend the truth of God to those outside of Christ. Know what you are talking about. Be gracious, clear, interesting and personal. Walking Through Open Doors

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