We are Citizens of Heaven
Bible Text: Philippians: 3:17-21 | Preacher: Pastor Steve
We Are Stronger When We Share Air
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one, for the results can be much better. If one falls, the other pulls him up; but if a man falls when he is alone, he’s in trouble…
Isolation Can Suffocate and Kill Healthy Believers
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so a man
sharpens his friend.
Philippians 1:27-30 …you must live in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ, as citizens of heaven. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing side by side, fighting together for the Good News. Don’t be intimidated by your enemies…For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. We are in this fight together.
Philippians 3:17-20 Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.
PATTERN …pattern your lives after mine means to become similar in terms of our attitudes, thinking, responding, decision making, living life, etc.
EXAMPLE …our example means to follow a model or blueprint as a pattern for our life.
We will become like those we hang out with!
We best share Jesus one person at a time
What we do and how we live really does matter!
Self-absorbed: their god is their appetite
Self-centered: they brag about shameful things
Self-entitled: They think only about this life
The Bible says that they are headed for destruction
Priorities and Boundaries are Critical.
God FIRST ALWAYS!
Matthew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Boundaries provide personal protection by keeping dangerous and undesirable people and elements outside our life fences. Boundaries are visual lines of ownership.
We are a Colony of Heaven
…our citizenship is in heaven…
Philippians 3:21 …who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.