YOUR GREATEST ADVENTURE | Compass

Your Greatest Adventure
Pursing God on the Adventure of a Lifetime

Are you ready for your great adventure?

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.
— 2 Corinthians 2:14

God wants to lead you in triumph in a life of adventure to use us a sweet aroma of who he is in every corner of the planet. Can you imagine a greater adventure? Are you ready for it?  This is what our series about. Outfitting yourselves for your great adventure. So, let’s get started.  If you are going on an adventure you are going to need a….

Compass 

I. Which way is true North

Matthew 7: 13 - “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

A. Salvation / The way

  • We have so many ideas in our society on what it means to be a follower of Christ.
  • It has been 2000 years since Christ came. Most people don’t even argue that he actually came because the evidence is all around us. But his message, His mission, has become lost
Luke 19:10 - For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.

B. Who are the lost?

  • Everyone who has not placed their trust in Jesus.
Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
  • Jesus came to bridge the gap between us and God.
John 14:6 - Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."
  • Jesus took God’s wrath that was directed at you on Himself to be the propitiation for our sin. 

C. Jesus became our compass to show us the way home. 

1 Peter 3:18 - Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God.
  • Simply means you trust the compass to lead you home.

If you are going to pursue God on an adventure of a lifetime, it starts with salvation. If you don’t place your trust in the compass of Jesus Christ, your journey will never begin. Jesus is our way home. 

II. Our compass and Map

A. When we place our trust in Jesus Christ, he gives us some things for our journey.

  • A map / The word of God
  • A compass / Himself in the form of the Holy Spirit.

B. Wait, how can the bible be a map?

  • It’s a collection of stories and doctrines and do’s and don’ts. It is those things, but it is so much more to the believer.
  • God has given us His word and tells us how to live, but it also shows us where to go.
  • The Psalmist knew what he was talking about when he wrote,
Psalm 119:105 - Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

C. Then, He has given us Himself by giving us the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:13-14 - And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14The Spirit is God's guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
  • He has given us the Holy Spirit to ensure that we will receive his promise, but that’s not all it means.
  • It means we have His Spirit to leads us through our adventure.
  • With His spirit, His word comes alive. It begins to make sense. We can find our position and begin to see where we are and where we need to go.
1 Corinthians 2:13-16 - When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16 For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.
  • Because we have the Holy Spirit and the mind of Christ, the bible makes sense to us when it is foolishness to others.

Without both, orienteering is impossible. God uses His word and the Holy Spirit, who always leads us, in triumph in Christ.

III. Staying the course

A. Many trust Christ for salvation, but not for life.

  • We all fall into this category at one time or another.
  • The reason is the compass shows us which way to go but doesn’t give us the whole picture, and that is scary.

B. What do I do when it feels like it’s not working?

  • Recalibrate with prayer.
  • Prayer moves us to align with God and the direction he is moving, so we can follow.

ILLUS: Steering By Higher Compass

Before the days of modern navigational aids, a traveler made the Atlantic crossing in a boat equipped with two compasses. One was fixed to the deck where the man at the wheel could see it. The other compass was fastened up on one of the masts, and often a sailor would be seen climbing up to inspect it.  The passenger asked the captain, “Why do you have two compasses?” “This is an iron vessel,” replied the captain, “and the compass on the deck is often affected by its surroundings. Such is not the case with the compass at the masthead; that one is above the influence. We steer by the compass above.” 

  • Prayer let’s us read that higher compass that is not affected by our surroundings. We can read the true course in the middle of any circumstance.

C.  Steady

  • If we are steady and pay attention, we will not have to make big corrections.
  • Even over mountains and through valleys, the key is keeping your eyes on the compass and  your feet on the ground.

ILLUS: How to climb a hill with a pack / Keep your feet on the ground.

  • One step at a time
Psalm 119:1-8 MSG - You're blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. 2 You're blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. 3 That's right - you don't go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. 4 You, God, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it. 5 Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set; 6 Then I'd never have any regrets in comparing my life with your counsel. 7 I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. 8 I'm going to do what you tell me to do; don't ever walk off and leave me.

Summary

Imagine Jesus leading you on a wild, unpredictable, magnificent, transforming journey with him. Imagine gaining such closeness to him along the journey that he progressively infuses you with his character so that when people meet you, they think, I'm meeting Jesus. What if he could do this in you? Imagine him filling you up from the very center of your being, from beyond yourself with a love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control that resulted in the fact that no addiction or seduction could ever own you again. Imagine you had such power and direction from him that no enemy could ever faze you again, that no storm or strife could ever destroy you again. If that was true, what would your answer be if he said “come follow me?”

For too long, we have said to people, "Invite Jesus into your life." It's an evangelical orthodoxy. But here's the news flash: Jesus doesn't want to be in your life because your life is a wreck. He wants to call us out of our life into His life. He wants to take us boldly where we've never gone before, into the life of the kingdom of God. He wants to take us on the great adventure. That is exactly what he means when he says, "Come and follow me" and "let me be your compass," and he will show you the life for which you were truly made.