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Essence and Reception

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Lesson

Essence is who the Lord has created you to be. Biblically, essence precedes existence as oppose to Sartre's teaching that man is no more than what he makes of himself. God has given us the capacity of reception, to be able to hear God’s voice and follow it. The spiritual life that God calls you to live is based on what you receive from God, not on what you do for God.

Outline

Essence and Reception

I. Essence

II. What's the result if my life is defined by what I do?

A. Jean-Paul Sartre

B. Thomas Aquinas

C. Ministry Can Be a Shortcut to Hell

D. John Ortberg

E. Reception is the greatest capacity God has given us