Setting Goals for the Future.
A spiritual goal might be defined as an aim, objective, or purpose toward which God directs a believer to strive.
2 Cor. 5:9 [NCV]. Our only goal is to please God whether we live here or there.
Without goals, people tend to drift.
Job 6:11 [NLT]. But I do not have the strength to endure. I do not have a goal that encourages me to carry on.
A spiritual goal does not mean visioning, dream-ing, or engineering any design apart from the Lord.
Prov. 16:9 [GNB]. You may make your plans, but God directs your actions.
A spiritual goal might be interrupted and reshaped by God at any time.
Prov. 16:1 [GNB]. We may make our plans, but God has the last word.
Jesus walked without deterrence toward the cross God determined for Him.
Eph. 1:10 [NCV]. His goal was to carry out his plan, when the right time came, that all things in heaven and on earth would be joined together in Christ as the head.
Paul lived the Christian life with the goal constantly in mind.
Phil. 3:14 [Weymouths]. With my eyes fixed on the goal I push on to secure the prize of God’s heavenward call in Christ Jesus.
Setting Goals for this Summer. This summer we will organize our efforts around the theme SUMMER SURGE. We hope to surge not slump in Sunday School, Stewardship, Singing, Sharing, and Serving. I will bring a special series of studies around the disciplines of the Christian life, which we will call Summer Camp.
I look forward to a great day this Sunday!