Sermon Notes


HOW WELL DID YOU MEASURE?
Luke 6:38
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
2 Corinthians 10:12
12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.
Ephesians 3:19
19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
This time last year I preached two messages about measurement.
A year has come and gone. How did you do?
I didn’t meet all my goals. I know I need to set some new ones.
The Lord is the God of new beginnings.
Where am I, and where do I need to be? Am I doing all I can to be a servant?
The scriptures that we began with are related to measuring.
What we have is way to measure, a way not to measure, and a goal of what to find when we do measure.
ONE:
WE SHOULD MEASURE OURSELVES IN TERMS OF DISCIPLINE.
Christian people ought to be among the most disciplined people in the world.
Last year was a winter Olympic year. Christians should be as dedicated to spiritual disciplines as those athletes.
Nearly everything that we do in life requires some kind of discipline.
Christians ought to be disciplined at many things but four always top the list: prayer, bible reading, worship and fasting.
These four measuring tools will always be the first four.
You will never go wrong using these four as measuring tools.
We will be blessed as we bless and measured as we measure. That means we also need to consider generosity as a discipline.
A generous giving lifestyle where we bless others will bring blessings to our lives.
No one ever went wrong loving people and treating them as Christ would.
How about we take a serious shot at being generous this year and see just how disciplined we are in our walk with Christ in all these areas?
TWO:
WE SHOULD NOT MEASURE OURSELVES BY OTHERS ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO THINK THEMSELVES PARTICULARLY SAINTLY.
Believers do not need to compare or classify themselves against others, especially those who do exactly that.
I need to measure myself, not by others but by the men and women of the Bible.
God told us about them for a reason.
Each of us stands alone in terms of our spiritual lives and in terms of our accountability to the Lord.
You will not be judged, according to the holiness of others.
Our measuring tool is the Word of God.
Our ruler is the spiritual disciplines that we know will help us live up to the Word.

THREE:
OUR MEASURING GOAL IS TO BE COMPLETELY FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.
We believe that when we give our lives to Christ, by God’s grace and love, the Holy Spirit comes to live in our hearts.
We also believe in a second work of grace we call being sanctified.
Once these two events occur and they can occur at the same moment you can really take off and start growing as a Christian.
Our goal is to be completely filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is a complete gentleman. He will not stay in a polluted house.
If you ask him into your heart, then you have to live a life of faith.
You can check the depth of your spiritual life by measuring the desires of your heart.
Our measuring standard is how deep our heart relationship with God is.
January is the time to be honest. Ruler or not, you know where you are.
2018 beat a lot of us up. 2018 was not easy. God by his grace has given us a new day and promise of a new year.
Now is the time to set some serious discipleship standards and get off to a new start.
Am I saved? Am I Holy Spirit filled?
Am I practicing the disciplines of the faith that will allow me to grow as a believer?
Am I allowing myself to compare myself to others or am I comparing myself to the standards of God’s Word?
You know where you are now and you know what you need to do.