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RELIGION vs. RELATIONSHIP

          Text:  Exodus 33
The Measure of a Meaningful Relationship
 

Two determining factors to measure a meaningful relationship:

            Factor One:  The value we attribute to the relationship

            Factor Two:  The manner in which we express our   
                                  valuation of the relationship

 

God’s Initiative in Relating to Us

            Factor One:  God highly values a relationship  with us

            Factor two:  The manner (ways) that He demonstrated His
                                  value of us:
                 He was pleased to crush His Son in order to make the
                       relationship possible
                 He took the initiative to birth us into a new relationship
                       with Himself

                            He grants us repentance

                            He grants us faith to believe
                 He sealed us as His own through the gift of His indwelling
                        Spirit

 

How do you feel about God?

            Factor One:  The value we place on a relationship with God

               How do you feel about God?

                           Indifferent      Suspicious     Affection     Love     Hate

                   Highly esteem       Honor    Consuming passion     Apathy

 

                   What is your valuation of a relationship with God?

                        Is there anything or anyone in your life more important
                             than God?

            Factor two:   How do we express our valuation of the

                       relationship?

                    How we express ourselves ALWAYS reflects the TRUTH
                          of how we value the relationship.
   

                    Your manner ALWAYS reflects your valuation

            Factor two:   The way we express our valuation of the     

                       relationship

                    We demonstrate that we value the relationship with God

                              in three ways:

  1.  We believe that He loves us and wants a relationship with us.

  2.  We trust Him completely, and trust that His will is best.

  3.  We follow the example of Jesus by being obedient to the Father

“If you love me you will keep MY commands” (John 14:15)
 

                      RELIGION VS. RELATIONSHIP

 

RELIGION says

       What are the commands

             Rules                      
             Prohibitions

             Proscribed behaviors

     What the church has taught me that I am supposed to do or not do.

 

 RELATIONSHIP says
       How shall I live to demonstrate my complete TRUST in Him?

             Learn from Him

             Follow His example

             Faithfully act on His teachings

     I am compelled by my love for Christ to follow His teachings and
                                               live my life for His glory.

 

                            RELIGION is performance based behavior 

                                       Goal:  Behavior Modification
 

                            RELATIONSHIP is an interpersonal walk with God

                                       Goal:  To become a friend of God

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