“Success God’s Way”

Posted: August 26, 2013 in Christian Life, Decision Making, God's Will, Money, Success

We are beginning a new series of studies for 13 weeks starting on Wednesday evening, September 4th, 2013.  (If you’re interested, ask for more details and the times of the meetings.)  We will be using the book entitled “Success God’s Way” by Dr. Charles Stanley.  We will use it as a spring board to think about what God wants us to do to be successful in His eyes, not in our own eyes, or in the eyes of the world (Proverbs 14:12).  We will use our Bibles to validate what we read in this book much like the Berean believers did in Paul’s day (Acts 17:11).  We will provide you with other material to help you grow spiritually in grace (2 Peter 3:18).

We will ask and try to answer these questions Biblically: “Is it right for me to want to be successful?  Can I live a godly life and still be successful?  Is God even interested in my being successful?”

While the world tends to define success in terms of fame and fortune, power and pleasure, Dr. Stanley believes that God sums up success in terms of relationship, character, and obedience.

We will consider these crucial issues:  The apparent conflicts between success and godly living.  The most powerful key to living a successful life.  The relationship between success and money.  The importance of attitude in achieving success.  The role of time management in achieving success.  The way to overcome the most common road blocks to success.

Genuine success-from God’s point of view-is rooted in what God calls us to be…in what God sets as the goals for our lives.  He says, “We must recognize that as believers, we are the sons and daughters of the living God.  Success from God’s viewpoint does not begin and end with what we do in our lives.  It begins and ends with who we are as His children.”

These sessions are designed for and limited to Christians (not the unsaved – 1 Corinthians 2:14) who are teachable (2 Timothy 2:2, 15) and willing to be transformed (Romans 12:1, 2), who will commit themselves to attend each week for 13 weeks (unless providentially hindered), read a chapter in the book each week, and share their insights with others when we assemble together so we can stimulate each other to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24, 25).  We will ask each person to attempt to put into practice (with God’s help – Philippians 4:13) what he/she learns from these studies by being doers of the Word and not hearers only (James 1:22).

If this is of interest to you or someone you know, call Pastor Pietsch at 805-238-3549.  We need to know ASAP if you would like to attend these sessions so we can order the books.

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