Jun 3, 2012
Intentional Desire

Intentional Desire

Philippians 3:7-16

A saint is not a man who never falls; he is a man who gets up and goes on every time he falls.” –William Barclay

The Christian life we live is a challenge to maintain.  The Apostle Paul understood his own human nature and here expressed his desire for a completed life in and through Christ.  Paul’s pursuit of this life was expressed through his:

 

1.  Spoken assessment of life’s priorities (vs.7-8, Eph.3:7-8)

Eph 3:7-8

I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all God's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

2.  Spoken willingness to pay the price (vs.10-11, Gal.6:14)

Gal 6:14

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

3.  Spoken identification with Christ (v.12, Romans 5:6, 8)

Rom 5:6, 8

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly…But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

4.  Spoken intentional desire for Christ (vs. 13-14)

 

Closing:  Maintain but press on (v.16, 13b-14a, Psalm 33:11, James 5:8)

 

Phil 3:16

Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

 

Phil 3:13-14

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on

Ps 33:11

But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations

James 5:8

“Be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.”

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  • Jun 3, 2012Intentional Desire
    Jun 3, 2012
    Intentional Desire

    Intentional Desire

    Philippians 3:7-16

    A saint is not a man who never falls; he is a man who gets up and goes on every time he falls.” –William Barclay

    The Christian life we live is a challenge to maintain.  The Apostle Paul understood his own human nature and here expressed his desire for a completed life in and through Christ.  Paul’s pursuit of this life was expressed through his:

     

    1.  Spoken assessment of life’s priorities (vs.7-8, Eph.3:7-8)

    Eph 3:7-8

    I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all God's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

    2.  Spoken willingness to pay the price (vs.10-11, Gal.6:14)

    Gal 6:14

    May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

    3.  Spoken identification with Christ (v.12, Romans 5:6, 8)

    Rom 5:6, 8

    You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly…But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    4.  Spoken intentional desire for Christ (vs. 13-14)

     

    Closing:  Maintain but press on (v.16, 13b-14a, Psalm 33:11, James 5:8)

     

    Phil 3:16

    Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

     

    Phil 3:13-14

    “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on

    Ps 33:11

    But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations

    James 5:8

    “Be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.”

  • May 27, 2012The Power of God’s Word Part 2
    May 27, 2012
    The Power of God’s Word Part 2
    The Power of God’s Word (Part Two) Psalm 119, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Thess.2:13 2 Tim 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 1 Thess 2:13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. As a Christian my most treasured possession is my Bible.  It is a living document, the revelation of my Lord and my ultimate source of power.  Through it I will:   1.  Obtain needed security for living (vs.24, 93, 114); God’s word is:
    • My counselor (v.24)
    Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors
    • My preservation (v.93)
    I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.
    • My refuge (v.114)
    You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. 2.  Receive restoration and care (vs.132, 153) Ps 119:132 Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name. Ps 119:153 Look upon my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten your law. 3.  Acquire and honor righteousness (vs.40, 127-128) How I long for your precepts! Preserve my life in your righteousness. Ps 119:127-128 Because I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold, and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path. 4.  Recognize its extreme value (vs.72, 164-165) The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. Ps 119:164-165 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws. Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. Closing:  God’s Word stands eternal (vs.89-94a, 111-112)   Ps 119:89-94 Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you. If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life. Save me, for I am yours;   Ps 119:111-112 Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.  
  • May 20, 2012The Power of God’s Word Part 1
    May 20, 2012
    The Power of God’s Word Part 1
    Sermon:  The Power of God’s Word (part 1) Hebrews 4:12, Psalm 119 Heb 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. As a Christian my most treasured possession is my Bible. It is a living document, the revelation of my Lord and my ultimate source of power.  Through it I will: 1.  Walk in purity (vs.9-11) How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. 2.  Understand and embrace His direction (vs.35-37, John8:31-32) Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. John 8:31-32 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." 3.  Find reason for hope (vs.49-50, Psalm 25:4-5) Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. Ps 25:4-5 Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. 4.  Discover endless pleasure in Him (vs.16, 171-172, Psalm16:11) I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.   Psalm 119:171-172 May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees. May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous. Ps 16:11 You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Closing:  His Word is the revelation of His unfailing love (v.41-42) Ps 119:41-42 May your unfailing love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise; then I will answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in your word  
  • May 13, 2012Mother’s Day – The Art of Basket Weaving
    May 13, 2012
    Mother’s Day – The Art of Basket Weaving
    Series: Mother's Day

    Prov 31:28

    Her children arise and call her blessed;

    Raising a child in today’s world requires skills much like that of basket weaving. These baskets are not made of papyrus, tar and pitch, but made of a Spirit directed life that shapes and protects its content. A Holy Spirit led MOTHER knows:

    1.  When danger lies ahead (Ex.1:22)

    “Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: "Every boy that is born you must throw into theNile, but let every girl live."

    2.  Certain situations call for overcoming courage (Ex.2:1-2)

    “Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.”

    3.  Only faith will bring the desired answer (Ex.2:3, Heb 11:23)

    “But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.

    Heb 11:23

    By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict.

    4.  How to let God’s Spirit direct through wisdom (Ex.2:8-10), manifested through:

    • Unselfish character
    • Unrestricted trust in God

    Ex 2:8-9

    "Yes, go," she answered. And the girl went and got the baby's mother. Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you." So the woman took the baby and nursed him.”

    Closing:  Basket weavers experience:

    • Spirit directed rewards
    • Spirit directed results (Prov.22:6)

    Prov 22:6

    “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

    • Spirit directed blessings (Psalm 37:25)

    Ps 37:25

    I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

     

  • Apr 29, 2012The Issues of My Will
    Apr 29, 2012
    The Issues of My Will
    Genesis 3:1-4, Proverbs 3:5-6 Prov 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”   The basic problem of my will (created by God) is its desire to control.  My need to control opens the door to rebellion against God’s authority and consequently allows actions that are neither pleasing to God nor beneficial to me. It all started in the Garden of Eden when:
    • God’s Word was questioned (v.1)
    “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
    • God’s decree was allowed to be challenged (vs.2-5)
    "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
    • God’s authority was disregarded (v.6)
    “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”
    • The end result for man was separation (v.7)
    “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked;”   Romans 7:14-25 What began inEdenis alive and well today, the Apostle Paul recognized that:
    • The law accomplished its intended purpose(v.16)
    “And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.”
    • The influence of sin is a controlling power (vs.17-20)
    “For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do — this I keep on doing.”
    • The battle over supremacy (authority) is on going ( v.21-23)
    “So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.”
    • The encounter has the potential to destroy (v.24)
    “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?”
    • The spirit of man is subject to continual conflict (v.25b, Phil 3:14b)
    “So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.”   Phil 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Closing:  The answer to the problem…is still the same, GRACE (8:1-2, Proverbs 3:5-6) “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” Prov 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”  
  • Apr 22, 2012The Power of Wisdom
    Apr 22, 2012
    The Power of Wisdom
    The Power of Wisdom 1 Kings 3:7-11, Proverbs 16:16, Proverbs 2-4 Prov.16:16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!   King Solomon wrote the book of Proverbs, in all he authored three thousand proverbs and over one thousand songs.  To him wisdom was all.  King Solomon understood that: 1.  Wisdom is purposefully given by the Lord (2:6, Luke21:15)   Luke 21:15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 2.  Wisdom is a life enhancing gift (2:10, Psalm 49:3) “The wise man must remember that while he is a descendent of the past, he is a parent of the future.”  Herbert Spencer   Ps 49:3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance from my heart will give understanding.   3.  Wisdom is a shielding gift (2:11-12, Eccl.7:11-12)   Eccl 7:11-12 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor. 4.  Wisdom is a gift that manifests blessings (3:13-18) 5.  Wisdom is a gift that brings God given honor to the recipient           (4:7-9)   Closing:  Why not ask (Proverbs 19:8, James 1:5) Prov.19:8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers. James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.