Do you have a relationship with Christ where you know he is encouraging you when you are down, exhorting you when you need a challenge, imploring you when you need extra motivation, and urging you to press forward in your life? Christ wants to be all of those for us.
The word of God is able to pierce to the deepest parts of our human nature and change us, but when the Spirit of God takes the word of God and points to the people of God who are living it – that has the greatest impact of all.
Today as continue in our study of the book of Philippians and the last part of chapter 1 which speaks of the suffering God has called us to, I’m delighted to have as our guest Carl Moeller who is the president of Open Doors ministry.
More Christians were martyred for their faith in the 20th century than in any other century. Surprising isn’t it.
We are engaged in a great spiritual contest for the glory of the Lord in the world, and we must not let individual achievements or fame overshadow what can only be done when we are united for the faith of the gospel.
Have you ever been in situations where you felt out of place, you felt like you didn’t belong, and were uncomfortable? You will never feel that when you are with Christ. You will be in the place where you belong, the place you were made for – the presence of God.
When people ask you what you live for, how do you answer? How do you fill in the blank, “For me, to live is _________ what?”
Intro words: Paul said, “for to me, to live is Christ,” but what do we say? For us, to live is ________, what? Listen today and find out how many people answer this question.
“This is what I live for,” says Paul, “this is my core value, my conviction.” What was Paul referring to? Listen today and you’ll find out!
Don’t try to build your reputation and have others consider how awesome you are. It is the Father in heaven we want people to connect with – not ourselves.
A great man once said, “Paul had enough morality to keep himself out of trouble, but not enough righteousness to get himself into heaven!” What about you?
God wants to show you off to the world. He wants to say, “look at my children. These are my children that I have purchased.”
The irony of following Christ is that we ascend by descending. We go up by going down. We become exalted as we humble ourselves. We prepare for kingship by learning to be a servant.
Are you experiencing conflict in your life? Perhaps with your spouse or children. Maybe it is with other church members or someone at work. How do you want them to be toward you? How do you want them to act? What kind of attitude do you want them to have? Whatever it is, you must model it.
Some have said the God of the New Testament is a God of love and peace. I’ll follow that God and I won’t follow the God of the Old Testament who is mean and wicked. Many have tried that. But it won’t work. Let’s find out why today.