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Six Ways to Get a Life

Stuart Briscoe

“Get a life!” When you hear that, it’s usually a sarcastic put-down, but the truth is that all of us seek a full, satisfying life. We just don’t know how to get one. Even though we spend a majority of our time on earth trying to make a living, many of us never really get around to ever having a “life.”

In John 10:10, Jesus promised to bring us abundant, full life now! So how do we grab hold of that? How do we take ownership of this bountiful life that Jesus wants us to have?

In this series from John 10-12, Stuart Briscoe identifies six ways to attain and live the fulfilling life God intended for us.

Messages From This Series:

What does "life to the full," as Jesus promised, look like? And how do we get it? 

In this message, Stuart begins his series Six Ways to Get a Life by describing the first step: getting to know ourselves. If we're going to get a life, we've got to know ourselves well enough to be able to identify the "sheepishness" in our humanity and our need for a relationship with the Good Shepherd. 

Scripture: John 10:10

Our enemy, Satan wants to rob us of the eternal life that God promised us. In order to live in abundant life, we have to be aware of this threat and gain an understanding of the enemy's strategies. 

Scripture: John 10:1-10:10

Do you know what it is to be known intimately? Sometimes the idea of intimacy can be uncomfortable in its vulnerability. But Scripture tells us that intimacy with God is something we should desire, that it's something we should be seeking. 

In this message, Stuart teaches us what it means to be intimate with God, and how that intimacy is desperately important in living life to the full. 

Scripture: John 10:1-10:18

John's gospel was written so that people might "believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing they may have life in his name." 

In this message, Stuart challenges us to commit to our belief in Christ, such that our lives are changed and we operate on the basis of this faith alone.

Scripture: John 11:1-11:44

The word "commitment" is not high on many people's preference list nowadays. Have you noticed? Commitment asks a lot from us—it asks that we rely on people and not just ourselves, it asks that we live in terms of relationships. Commitment involves duty and obligation, and it requires us to trust others. 

Not many of us want to be committed to other people. But what about commitment to Christ? If you want to "get a life," you have to be committed for time and eternity to God. The good news is, He's has already utterly committed Himself to you.

Scripture: John 12:20-12:29

So what's the purpose of an abundant life on earth? Why doesn't Jesus just take us to heaven now, to enjoy life with Him there? 

Jesus said, "I have other sheep which are not of this sheep pen, I must bring them also." In this message, Stuart describes his last way for us to get a life, the purpose for our own abundant life—to bring the sheep who are outside our flock inside.

Scripture: John 10:14-10:18

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