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Christ is central to Christianity, not good strategy. not morals, not character, not church attendance, not vision, not education. Paul makes cross reference to Jesus Christ all the time, for our salvation, our justification and our inward change. Our worship is focussed on him but so often church messages are based on morals, character and justice. But Paul went back again to the be all and end all. Christ in me (Col 2), Christ my life (Col 3), 'for me to live is Christ' (Philippians 3), new creation (2 Cor 5), peace with God (Romans 5:1). led by the Spirit (Romans 8). This is true whether you have been a moral person or a rebel. We all need Christ. In each of us is a pharisee and a prostitute. The first thing is to break denial and take off the protective masks and come to the Messiah for salvation. Then as an ongoing process allow him to do a deeper work by confessing our sins to a safe friend who understands grace (i.e: being real about our struggles). Paul understood this from his Romans 7 experience where he saw how deep human brokenness lies. It begins inside and then works its way out.
OUR CONFIDENCE IN GOD AND OUR DEVOTION TO THE GOSPEL (Topical Message * Philippians 1:3-8) 10-04-2015
1. Our Confidence is in God ● God has begun a good work in us: our salvation – “already but not yet” ● God will bring His good work to completion: when Jesus returns 2. Our Partnership is in the Gospel ● thru our church fellowship & ministry ● thru our partnerships with local churches & ministries ● thru our partnerships with global missions 3. Live a Life Worthy of the Gospel ● thru intercessory prayer: with thanksgiving & rejoicing ● thru Christ-centered unity: working out our salvation w/ fear & trembling ● by knowing Jesus: & pressing on toward our eschatological goal in Him
God keeps working in you after you believe. He produces in you the desire and capacity to serve Him, and He delights in doing it! So, work out what God is working in. Translate into action the principles of the gospel you believed. Do so with reverence and awe, taking your Christian walk seriously. Work it out especially in your relationships within the Body of Christ.