Book 3 - Life Perspectives

In this section you will find the Key Points that will be emphasized in each chapter along with free downloadable audio messages that support the chapter.

Chapter 1: Digging into the Bible

Key Points

  • The Bible is God’s message to man on who He is, what His promises to us are, and how we are to live.
  • In order to gain a deeper understanding of the Bible, we need to have a balance of hearing, reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating upon the Scriptures.
  • When studying or meditating on a passage, it helps to ask the questions: What? So what? Now what?

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Commitment to Truth by Crawford Loritts

Chapter 2: Knowing God's Will

Key Points

  • God has a plan and purpose for every one of His children. He has a universal purpose which includes everyone: to love Him, worship Him, be a witness for Him, to be thankful, abstain from immorality, etc.
  • His unique will for us begins as we surrender our will and desires and fully follow Christ.
  • God is interested in our hearts and how we proceed as He is in what we do.
  • A right relationship with God is essential to hearing God’s direction for us moment by moment.

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Knowing the Will of God by Walt Henrichsen

Chapter 3: Becoming a Person of Character

Key Points

  • Developing character is a moral struggle that doesn’t begin with us, but begins with Christ in us.
  • Character is forged in the fiery furnace of trials and difficulties.
  • Humility is the ultimate expression of character, through which God can have free reign in our lives.
  • Character begins with my view of God, is reflected in my values, and displayed in my behavior. It is a process that happens from the inside out; changing my behavior doesn’t always change my view of God.

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Chapter 4: Relationships

Key Points

  • Relationships are part of living the Christian life. They reflect the practical side of our spiritual walk, which is being played out in friendships, associations, marriage, and family.
  • God designed marriage in consistency with His nature. Due to sin, there are going to be difficulties, but He has provided instruction in Scripture and His Spirit to help us have good marriages.

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Family Life by Dennis Rainey

Chapter 5: Kingdom Perspectives

Key Points

  • How can we understand God’s value system versus the world’s.
  • God does not want us to be “Lone Rangers,” but rather involved with others in the fellowship of the church.
  • What is the Biblical meaning of success?
  • We want to communicate the difference between ownership and stewardship since everything belongs to God and not us.
  • God owns it all and wants us to be faithful stewards of what He has given us.
  • Our giving reveals much about our heart attitude toward money and toward God.

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A Life Well Spent by Russ Crosson

Chapter 6: Your Calling as an Insider

Key Points

  • An “insider” is “in the world” and therefore can relate to searching people in his areas of personal influence without being perceived as too preachy, while at the same time not embracing values and behaviors those are “of the world.”
  • To be effective, an insider must have common ground with non-believers.
  • We are more effective if we work as a team with other believers.
  • Busyness and over-commitment will render us ineffective as an insider.

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Chapter 7: Multiplying Your Life

Key Points

  • Discipling is like parenting. It requires sacrifice, perseverance, and dependence on the Holy Spirit.
  • Discipling is a transformation process in the context of a relationship. It works from the inside out.
  • The goal of discipleship is being Christ-like.
  • We are to be intentional about discipling others.
  • God calls us to live a life of fruitfulness – spiritual multiplication and reproduction.

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Multiplication by Walt Henrichsen
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