Sermon Notes July 30, 2023

My Thirties and a Season of Second Thoughts                          

   “There is a Season”

Theologian Marin Marty writes about moving into your 30’s: “Doors close, options narrow. By now you have been fated to follow one vocation instead of another. You have vowed to spend life with this mate and not that one… You begin to hear commentators describe athletes of your age as being ‘over the hill.’”

  1. This is the “Age of Second Thoughts” like:                         a) Am I the right kind of ______________________?       b) Am I _________________________ to the right person?                                                                                       c) Am I in the ______________________________?
  2. When Second Thoughts are _____________________…      

Galatians 5:16,25, “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh…. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

“If you enter adulthood in your 20”s, you enter into _____________________ in your 30’s.

“No matter how perfect a job may be, there’s going to be about ____________% of it that you aren’t going to like.”

  1. When second thoughts are ______________________.

1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

Matthew 5:31-32 “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.  But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.’”                                               

 Philippians 3:12-15, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”