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What Is Our Purpose As Christians?

2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
300 Quotations for Preachers from the Modern Church The Image of God Stamped on Our Hearts

This great gift of God, the salvation of our souls, is no other than the image of God fresh stamped on our hearts. It is a “renewal of believers in the spirit of their minds, after the likeness of Him that created them.”

Point 1: The purpose of the Christian life and dating is to grow into the likeness of God. Which is why...
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Which is why...
2 Corinthians 6:14–16 NIV
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
Now, in all honesty, if my mo had observed the principle when she was dating, I would not be here!
Dad became a Christian later in life.
But for every time someone becomes a Christian in an unequally yoked relationship, there is a believer who begins to grow cold in faith.
Why?
Because we become the people we are around.
You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, unapologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good."
Point 2: As a believer, our burning “yes” should be growth in holiness. Anything that does not conform to that should be a no.
Including, and even especially, the people we date.
Friends, hear this…Compatibility for the Christian comes second to the centrality of Jesus Christ in the life of the believer.
You can be compatible with a hundred people on this base, but you only have one Savior.
You only have one who has taken your sin upon the cross and declared you forgiven, righteous, justified, and sanctified.
First priority…the holiness that comes with knowing Jesus.

Point Three: Compatibility, 5 Qualities

Point 3: Five Qualities
First Quality: Christian
Four more
Question: Of the qualities you just put down, where do you rate?
Question: Of the qualities you just put down, where do you rate?
I have so many Airmen come who say they want all of these qualities in a significant other, but they haven’t even developed the qualities within themselves.
I have so many Airmen come who say they want all of these qualities in a significant other, but they haven’t even developed the qualities within themselves.
Point 4: To get the person you want, you have to be the person you want.

Point 5: Tools for Relational Growth

Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Myers Briggs at PersonalityHacker.com
Prepare/Enrich
PRepare/Enrich

Key To All of Life

God will never ask you to lower your standards for the life of faith.
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