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OUR ETERNAL CITIZENSHIP (CAPTIONED)

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7-27-2014 SERMON (CC) TEXT: PHILIPPIANS 3:12-21 GOSPEL LESSON:MATTHEW 21:33-43 O.T. LESSON: ISAIAH 5:1-7 LET US RISE THIS MORNING FOR THE READING OF THE SERMON TEXT RECORDED FOR US BY THE APOSTLE PAUL IN HIS LETTER TO THE PHILIPPIANS WHERE WE READ FROM CHAPTER 3, BEGINNING WITH VERSE 12: NOT THAT I HAVE ALREADY OBTAINED ALL THIS, OR HAVE ALREADY ARRIVED AT MY GOAL, BUT I PRESS ON TO TAKE HOLD OF THAT FOR WHICH CHRIST JESUS TOOK HOLD OF ME. BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I DO NOT CONSIDER MYSELF YET TO HAVE TAKEN HOLD OF IT. BUT ONE THING I DO: FORGETTING WHAT IS BEHIND AND STRAINING TOWARD WHAT IS AHEAD, I PRESS ON TOWARD THE GOAL TO WIN THE PRIZE FOR WHICH GOD HAS CALLED ME HEAVENWARD IN CHRIST JESUS. ALL OF US, THEN, WHO ARE MATURE SHOULD TAKE SUCH A VIEW OF THINGS. AND IF ON SOME POINT YOU THINK DIFFERENTLY, THAT TOO GOD WILL MAKE CLEAR TO YOU. ONLY LET US LIVE UP TO WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY ATTAINED. JOIN TOGETHER IN FOLLOWING MY EXAMPLE, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AND JUST AS YOU HAVE US AS A MODEL, KEEP YOUR EYES ON THOSE WHO LIVE AS WE DO. FOR, AS I HAVE OFTEN TOLD YOU BEFORE AND NOW TELL YOU AGAIN EVEN WITH TEARS, MANY LIVE AS ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST. THEIR DESTINY IS DESTRUCTION, THEIR GOD IS THEIR STOMACH, AND THEIR GLORY IS IN THEIR SHAME. THEIR MIND IS SET ON EARTHLY THINGS. BUT OUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN. AND WE EAGERLY AWAIT A SAVIOR FROM THERE, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO, BY THE POWER THAT ENABLES HIM TO BRING EVERYTHING UNDER HIS CONTROL, WILL TRANSFORM OUR LOWLY BODIES SO THAT THEY WILL BE LIKE HIS GLORIOUS BODY. THIS IS THE WORD OF OUR LORD. LET US PRAY: GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS GOD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF EACH OF OUR HEARTS BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT, OUR ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. AMEN. [TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 BY BIBLICA, INC.] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST: THIS SECTION OF PAUL'S LETTER TO THE PHILIPPIANS HAS SOME VERY SIMPLE WORDS BUT WORDS THAT HAVE SUCH A DRAMATIC EFFECT. SOMETIMES WE WE ARE AMAZED AT THE UNDERSTATEMENTS THAT PAUL MAKES. THE EXAMPLE [PHILIPPIANS 3, VERSE 18] WHEN PAUL SAYS TO US: "FOR, AS I HAVE OFTEN TOLD YOU BEFORE AND NOW TELL YOU AGAIN EVEN WITH TEARS, MANY ... LIVE ... AS THE ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST." THE WEIGHT OF THAT STATEMENT THAT BROUGHT THE APOSTLE PAUL TO TEARS HIMSELF IN HIS REALIZATION THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE, SO MANY PEOPLE, WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST. WHO DO NOT LOVE HIM OR ACCEPT HIM, OR FOLLOW HIM IN FAITH. THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT JUST DON'T IGNORE HIM, BUT THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO LIVE AS ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST. THEY ARE OUT TO DESTROY CHRIST. THE ARE OUT TO DO ANYTHING TO DISCREDIT CHRIST. THEY ARE OUT TO STAMP OUT THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD, THE LOVE OF GOD TO NOT HAVE HIS SALVATION PROCLAIMED. PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD LIVING AS THE ENEMIES OF CHRIST. AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THEN FOR US AS THE CHURCH OF GOD TO LOOK TO OTHERS, AS PAUL REMINDS US. OTHERS WHO ARE LIVING IN FAITH. OTHERS WHO ARE PRODUCING GOOD FRUIT. TO FOLLOW THEIR EXAMPLE. BECAUSE HOW QUICKLY AND HOW EASILY OUR HUMAN NATURE WANTS TO ALIGN OURSELVES WITH THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT FOR THEMSELVES AND ALL THEY CAN GET. WE SIT BACK AND WE LOOK AT SPORTS CONTRACTS. WHERE PLAYERS ARE MAKING MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. AND WE PUSH OUR KIDS TO GET INTO THAT SAME RACKET. WE WANT THEIR FUTURE TO BE SECURE. WE WANT THEM TO BE ATHLETES. WE WANT THEM MAKING MONEY. WE MAKE EVERY EFFORT WE UPTURN OUR HOUSES AND OUR SCHEDULES TO GET THEM TO THAT POINT. AND THEN WE WONDER WHY THE PEOPLE THAT WE LOOK TO AS ROLL MODELS ALL OF A SUDDEN ARE BEING HAULED IN FOR BEATING UP THEIR GIRLFRIEND. SHOOTING SOMEONE. STEALING. AND THEY DON'T SEEM TO HAVE ANY REMORSE. AND THEY DON'T SEEM TO CARE BECAUSE THEY REALLY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP TO BE ABOVE THE LAW. HOW QUICKLY AND EASILY WE THINK: OH, IF I COULD ONLY GET MY CHILD INTO THE BUSINESS. GET THEM ONE TELEVISION SHOW. THAT WOULD MAKE THEM SECURE FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. THEY COULD LIVE OFF THE MILLIONS OF THAT. AND THEN LOOK AT ALL THOSE CHILD STARS. FLOUNDERING IN THE WORLD. AND WHO'S PLASTERED ALL OVER THE TELEVISION? WHO'S PUT OUT THERE AS THE ROLE MODELS OF TODAY? SO MANY PEOPLE LIVING AS THE ENEMY OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST. AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THEN FOR US, WHO TRULY BELIEVE IN THAT CROSS OF CHRIST, TO NOT FOLLOW THEIR EXAMPLE! TO HEED THE WORDS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL THIS MORNING THAT TELLS US TO PRESS ON. TO PRESS ON AND TO TAKE HOLD OF THE THINGS FOR WHICH CHRIST HAS TAKEN HOLD OF US. AND ISN'T THAT A MOST GLORIOUS PICTURE? THAT GLORIOUS PICTURE OF JESUS CHRIST GRABBING US! HAND-PICKING US! SELECTING US! TAKING HOLD OF US! AND TAKING US OUT OF THE DARKNESS AND THE CORRUPTION AND THE SIN OF THIS WORLD AND PULLING US TO HIMSELF. WHEN WE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT WE WANTED. YES! WE WERE LIKE THOSE TWO-YEAR-OLDS WE SEE IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE OF THOSE TANTRUMS JUST GOING OFF. AND THE PARENT HAS THEM AND THEIR HANDS FIRMLY GRASPED ON THEM IN LOVE. THEY TAKE THEM AND BRING THEM TO THEMSELVES TO CALM THEM. TO CALM THEIR FEARS. TO TAKE AWAY ALL DOUBT. AND THAT'S WHAT JESUS CHRIST HAS DONE TO US; WHEN WE DIDN'T WANT TO BE WITH HIM AND WE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND HIS LOVE, HE TOOK HOLD OF US AND BROUGHT US TO HIMSELF. AND HE SHOWED US HIS LOVE. HE TAUGHT US HIS LOVE. HE PRESENTED IT TO US IN THE PAGES OF SCRIPTURE IN HIS WORD. HE GAVE US THE HOLY SPIRIT TO KNOW THOSE WORDS AND TO UNDERSTAND THOSE WORDS AND TO TRUST THEM. TO PUT OUR FAITH IN WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US. BUT HE DIDN'T JUST TAKE HOLD OF US, BUT THAT HE SAVED US! HE RESCUED US FROM HELL. HE HAS TAKEN US OUT OF THE DEPRESSION OF THIS WORLD AND ITS DARKNESS TO LIVE AS HIS CHILDREN. TO LIVE IN HIS LOVE AND TO HIS GRACE. AND TO KNOW THAT WE ARE PRESSING FORWARD EACH AND EVERY DAY IN THAT LOVE. PRESSING FORWARD, FORGETTING WHAT IS BEHIND, AND FOCUSSED ON THE FUTURE. BECAUSE HOW OFTEN IN OUR LIFE, DOESN'T SATAN WANNA COME IN AND REMIND US OF OUR PAST? HOW OFTEN DON'T WE LET THAT PAST COME INTO OUR OWN MINDS AND DISRUPT THE WAY THAT WE THINK? GETTING US TO DOUBT GOD AND HIS LOVE. IMAGINE THE APOSTLE PAUL. IF THE APOSTLE PAUL SAT AND FOCUSSED ON THE PAST, HIS PAST. THE PAST WHERE HE WENT HIMSELF PERSONALLY TO WATCH CHRISTIANS BEING STONED TO DEATH. STANDING THERE HOLDING THE COATS OF THOSE PEOPLE THROWING THE STONES. IMAGINE THE APOSTLE PAUL THINKING OF HIS PAST WHERE HE WENT OUT TO GET LETTERS OF INTENT FOR DEATH. TO KILL MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN WHO FOLLOWED JESUS CHRIST. WE CAN UNDERSTAND WHY THE APOSTLE PAUL SAYS TO FORGET THOSE THINGS OF THE PAST. HE UNDERSTOOD THE GRACE OF GOD BECAUSE I'M ALSO SURE WHEN HE BATTLED THOSE THOUGHT DEMONS HE ALSO REMEMBERED IT WAS JESUS CHRIST WHO STOPPED HIM ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS. IT WAS JESUS CHRIST WHO INTERVENED IN HIS LIFE AND SAVED HIM. BROUGHT HIM TO FAITH AND SAID: I HAVE CHOSEN YOU. YOU ARE THE ONE THAT IS GOING TO GO FORTH AND PROCLAIM ME TO THE GENTILES. AND THE APOSTLE PAUL DID THAT. FACING SUCH OBSTACLES THAT YOU AND I PROBABLY WILL NEVER BE CONFRONTED WITH IN OUR LIFE. BEING BEATEN ALMOST TO THE POINT OF DEATH. BEING TREATED HORRIBLY. AND NOW HE IS IN AN IMPRISONMENT WRITING THIS LETTER OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE PHILIPPIANS: FORGET WHAT IS BEHIND. YOUR SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN BY THE GRACE OF GOD. AND DON'T YOU AND I NEED TO HEAR THAT EVERY DAY! CUZ THE WORLD LOVES TO COME AT US AND SAY: YOU CALL YOURSELF A CHRISTIAN? I WATCH YOU EVERY DAY AND SEE THOSE HORRIBLE THINGS YOU DO. THE CHURCH IS JUST A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES. THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND FORGIVENESS. THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE LOVE OF GOD. AND JUST AS THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID: I HAVE NOT TAKEN HOLD OF PERFECTION. BUT I WILL STRIVE EACH AND EVERY DAY IN THE GRACE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN ME AND THE FORGIVENESS THAT HE HAS GIVEN ME TO LIVE A LIFE THAT IS WORTHY OF MY CALLING. I KNOW THAT GOD HAS FORGIVEN ALL OF MY SINS; HE HAS WASHED THEM ALL AWAY. TOTALLY. COMPLETELY. SATAN CAN NO LONGER COME BACK AND SAY: REMEMBER WHEN YOU DID THIS? OUR OWN MIND CAN COME BACK AND SAY: WELL, GOD COULDN'T FORGIVE SOMEONE LIKE YOU! HE HAS! AND HE DOES! BY THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST! AND AS WE PRESS ON WE FORGET THOSE THINGS THAT GOD HAS FORGIVEN ... AND REMOVED THE PUNISHMENT FROM US. WE PRESS ON FORWARD, NOT LIVING IN GUILT. NOT LIVING UNDER A PRESSURE OF THE LAW; THAT SOMEHOW IF WE DO BETTER GOD IS NOT GOING TO PUNISH US. OR IF WE ONLY DID BETTER GOD WOULD FORGIVE THAT THING THAT WE DON'T THINK HE WANTS TO FORGIVE. HE HAS FORGIVEN IT. AND WE LIVE IN HIS GRACE. AND WE TAKE THAT FORGIVENESS AND WE FEED OUR FAITH WITH IT. AND IT MAKES US FOCUSSED ON THE FUTURE. IT KEEPS US LOOKING AHEAD. THAT'S WHAT KEEPS US LIVING IN THE GRACE OF GOD HIMSELF. THAT WE ARE LOVED BY GOD BECAUSE HE HAS REDEEMED US FROM SIN, FROM DEATH AND THE POWER OF THE DEVIL AND HE HAS GIVEN US ETERNAL LIFE. A LIFE THAT MAKES LIVING IN THIS WORLD DIFFERENT. BECAUSE WE'RE NOT LIKE THOSE ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST. THEY ARE ONLY FOCUSSED ON WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN HERE. WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN NOW. WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN IN MY EARTHLY LIFE. AND THEY NEVER THINK ABOUT THAT MOMENT WHEN THEIR HEART STOPS BEATING OR THEIR LUNGS STOP BREATHING. AND THEY'RE DEAD. AND THEN IT'S TOO LATE. BUT YOU AND I AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD KNOW THAT THAT DEATH FOR US IS GONNA PASS INTO ETERNAL LIFE BECAUSE OF JESUS CHRIST. BECAUSE HE BURST FORTH FROM THAT GRAVE, WE TOO ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABANDONED TO THE GRAVE. WE LIVE IN THAT HOPE! WE LIVE IN THAT UNDERSTANDING. AND WE PRODUCE FRUIT OF FAITH IN ACCORD WITH WHAT GOD HAS SAID TO US. AND WE'VE BEEN WARNED ENOUGH IN OUR OLD TESTAMENT LESSON AND IN OUR GOSPEL LESSON FOR THIS MORNING. GOD LOOKS FOR THAT FRUIT! HE DOESN'T COME IN AND WANT EXCUSES FROM YOU. HE DOESN'T COME TO YOU AND WANT TO HEAR: WELL, NEXT WEEK WHEN MY SCHEDULE CLEARS A LITTLE BIT, I'M GONNA GET AROUND TO YOU, GOD. OR WHEN I FINISH WITH WHAT I'M DOING, THEN I'LL LOOK AND SEE IF THERE'S SOME TIME TO SPEND SOME TIME IN PRAYER WITH YOU TODAY. BUT YOU KNOW IT'S REALLY BEEN A ROUGH DAY AND I HAVEN'T PLAYED ANY "ANGRY BIRDS" YET ... OR "CANDY CRUSH". THINGS THAT CAN SO EASILY JUST EAT UP OUR TIME. AND THEN WE WONDER WHERE THE DAY WENT. CUZ WE'RE NOT FOCUSSED ON THE FUTURE. WE'RE NOT PUTTING GOD FIRST. WE'RE NOT GETTING UP IN THE MORNING REALIZING THAT TODAY IS ANOTHER DAY OF GRACE TO BE BLESSED BY OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. AND ON THAT TO-DO LIST THAT WE HAVE EVERY MORNING WE SEE ALL THOSE THINGS THAT WE WANT TO GET DONE. AND GO HOME AND LOOK AT THAT AND SEE WHERE GOD FITS INTO IT. THE TIME YOU MAKE FOR GOD, WHAT'S YOUR FOCUS? THE APOSTLE PAUL SAYS BE FOCUSSED ON THE FUTURE. THE THINGS THAT YOU DO TODAY ARE A REFLECTION OF GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU. THEY REFLECT THE FACT THAT YOU ARE SAVED; THAT YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. THAT EVERYTHING THAT WAITS FOR YOU ENCOURAGES YOU TODAY ... TO LIVE THAT LIFE OF FAITH ... TO PRESS ON! BECAUSE IT'S NOT GOING TO BE EASY BECAUSE ALL THOSE PEOPLE, ALL THOSE ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST WANT YOU TO FAIL. THEY WANT YOU TO LOSE YOUR FAITH. THEY WANT TO SILENCE YOU. AND WE ARE IN A STRUGGLE. WE'RE IN A STRUGGLE WITH THEM; WE'RE IN A STRUGGLE WITH SATAN; WE ARE EVEN IN A STRUGGLE WITH OUR SINFUL NATURE THAT DOESN'T WANT US TO BE FOCUSSED ON GOD. BUT WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO LIVE AS GOD'S CHILDREN. WE KNOW HIS LOVE. HE HAS TAKEN HOLD OF US. WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN HIS GRACE AND FORGIVENESS. AND WE KNOW THAT. SO NOW WE LIVE IN THAT. WE TAKE THE TIME TO STAY FOCUSSED. AND WE PRESS ON TO THAT HEAVENLY GOAL THAT WAITS FOR US ALL. IN JESUS' NAME. AMEN. LET US RISE. NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL OF OUR UNDERSTANDING KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR LIVES IN THE ONE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

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Duration: 17 minutes and 52 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
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Posted by: hischild on Jul 29, 2014

Encouragement and marching orders from St. Paul in Philippians 3:12-21 ... the text for this July 27, 2014 Sunday sermon.

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