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NLI 2021 — Week 3
February 16, 2021

NLI 2021 — Week 3

February 16, 2021

Next Level Intensives Student Notes: Week 3

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30

Everything about us, our beliefs, and our behavior should come out of .

  • With this in mind, it matters how we order our lives and prioritize Him.

We have — The right order doesn’t just naturally fall into place.

God demands our . 1

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10

Scripture determines of our lives; we only order the remaining of it.

  • This is . 2
  • Our priorities are different.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34

  • We show God what He means to us by the way we prioritize Him with our .


God is deserving of the time in our day. The rest of the the day fits around time with Him, not the other way around.

  1. with Jesus 3

“Remain in me, and I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:4

    • Relationships only grow when we


    • Bible-reading, prayer, and worship should be a daily discipline (Devotional Life).
    • God is deserving of our time.
    • Spending with Jesus.

  1. 4

“Then he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27

    • It’s for !
    • It’s our responsibility to get rest; no one can do that for us.
    • Rest is not ; it is .
    • God did it. 5
    • Jesus did it. His actions weren’t driven by needs.
    • Rest allows us to .
    • This only becomes natural when we put effort into building a of rest.

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“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25

    • We are called to time in community.
    • We need others to encourage us in the faith and leaders to teach us to grow, and we need to be this for others.

The other parts of our day fit around these things.


When we choose to live a Jesus-centered life, we are , and our dreams and desires follow.

Our first vocation is .

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

  • This means that relationship with Jesus comes before our

and, as students, our .

    • *Disclaimer: We give God glory through our work, and this includes schoolwork. 7

We aren’t meant to .

There are areas in our lives where we get to choose, but only after we’ve given Jesus control and precedence over it all.


Everything we have belongs to Jesus. We are just of what He’s given us.

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” Luke 16:10-11

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    • We are told to give the first 10% of our earnings to the Lord.
    • This is a regular discipline.
  2. 9
    • We are called to be generous with our time, talents, and treasure.
    • Those who give little , but those who give much, . God blesses our generosity.
    • We store up treasure in Heaven, not earth.

Remember: Relationship with Jesus comes before our actions for Him, no matter how good those actions are.

God has created us with passions and desires that are of Him. They matter to Him. It’s all about the order of things, the reason behind it all, and putting Jesus first.

“Then He said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?’”

Luke 9:23-25

Other Notes

Thinking Critically

Why does this matter?

What does this mean for my life / time at AU/GU?


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