Circle of Responsibility

“Five basic areas where God gives you directions on how you are supposed to behave and live.”

Circle of Responsibilities

This has been taken from a sermon by Dan Blied.

Definitions
The World

How we relate to people who don’t follow the Lord. People who aren’t following Christ. Unbelievers.
Matthew 5:13-16 Colossians 4:5-6 1 Peter 2:11-12 Romans 12:17-21

Family
Parents.  Spouse.  Children.
Colossians 3:18-21 Ephesians 5:22-28

The Church
God has given us many instructions on how we are supposed to relate to each other.  And how we are supposed to view our leaders.
John 15:12-17

Work
Employment and Education.
Colossians 3:22-25 Ephesians 6:5-9 1 Peter 2:18

The State / Government
What are my relations supposed to be like between me and the government.
Matthew 22:15-22 Romans 13:1-5

Me
Everything God has built into me and given me to fill those responsibilities.  The Scriptures, the Spirit.  A few other things: Time, Talents, Gifts, Abilities Personality, Emotions, Possessions, Volition, Intelligence, Conscience, Health , Experience, Energy

Sermon Notes
My responsibilities are defined by The Scriptures and The Word of God.
My areas of responsibility are indicated by the terms surrounding the circle.

All areas are important – one area may have greater importance at a certain time than another in a specific set of circumstances.

We never completely finish any area (except in rare circumstances).

We are to be faithful and obedient in all areas.

Over investment in one area will take resources from another area.

As I grow personally and spiritually, I grow in obedience and effectiveness in these areas.


I use the resources within the circle to fulfill the responsibilities surrounding the circle.

All the resources are gifts on loan. Tools God has put in your bag to be used for His Work, and others, for the glory of God.

God ultimately determines the identity and quantity of the resources I have.

I am responsible for being generous with the resources I have been given.


Central to my life and responsibilities is knowing and serving The Lord.
(The important thing is what happens inside that circle, not the areas around that circle. Central to my life is cultivating and nourishing a relationship between God and me.)

The God-pleasing fulfillment of my responsibilities comes by the ?Spirit of the Lord?.

God’s work in my life will impact each of these areas.

The degree of my spiritual transformation will shape/color my fulfillment of each of my responsibilities.