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RISE TO GREATER IMPACT

5 Pursuits that Impact the World around us

1. Prayer - Luke 18:1-8

•“Pray without ceasing…” – I Thessalonians 5:17

•“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving…” – Colossians 4:2

•“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” – James 5:16b

2. Praise and Worship

•“But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.” – Psalm 22:3

•“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:23, 24

3. Purity (James 1:27)

Holiness – “…as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’” – I Peter 1:15, 16

Righteousness – “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33 (reference Proverbs)

Peace

1.“Depart from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14;

2.“Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.” Romans 14:19;

3. “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14;

4.“Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.” I Peter 3:11

5.“Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” II Timothy 2:22;

4. Presence of God

•“Then he said to Him, ‘If Your presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.” Exodus 33:15, 16 ( see vv. 12-23)

•The Holy Spirit

5. Personal Ministry to People

As Salt and Light – “you are the salt of the earth…you are the light of the world…” Matthew 5:13-16

As Ambassadors – “Now we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us…” – II Corinthians 5:20

As Disciples – “By this will all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:35

As Witnesses

oIsaiah 43:10-12

o“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

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