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God's purposes for our personal salvation did not end at the moment of conversion; rather, they begin. In Philippians 3:8-16, Paul shares his singular focus for a particular purpose as a follower of Jesus in this present age. In doing so, he sets an example for those who would come after him. Namely, our practice must match our position through perfect communion with Christ. Presently, our practice does not match our position of perfect righteousness in Christ. Therefore, our purpose is to strive towards perfect communion with Christ so that we might become more and more like Him. So, strive towards maturity in Christ. Recognize that you still have room to grow. Reject everything that hinders progress. Resolve to put into action the truth God has revealed to you. [Note: The video referenced at the beginning of the message can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDOB9zbNcBU]
To grow so that we can be used effectively by God, it can be helpful to look at those who have gone before us who really got it; heros of the faith; role models.Perhaps you are that person to someone else (whether you know it or not). It would appear that Paul is setting forth Timothy as just such a role model to the church in Philippi, since Timothy exemplifies exactly what Paul has been exhorting in the first major block of teaching in this letter. Timothy had the same mindset as Paul, and he had proven character. We need people like Timothy in our local churches today. So, strive to be a person of proven character and shared vision.
ROOTS is the source of any believer's power to Grow Relationships is step 1. The most important relationship is GOD. How do you grow in your relationship with God. Most of us have been taught to grow in relationship through what you shouldn't do. But what should you do?
Worship & the Word - continuation of last Sunday's message
Worship & the Word
There are 2 realities that we are blessed with during the season of Christmas: Faith and Hope. The incarnation of the Savior and Messiah brings the world both faith . Faith is the reality that the Christmas story is the same Gospel story. Christmas confirms the beginning of the gospel as it relates the incarnation of the Savior and Messiah, just as the reality of Easter confirms it. The purpose of this sermon is to help us strengthen our faith by taking a look at the Faith chapter, Hebrews 11.