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On the Sunday of a baby dedication we also talked about how God disciplines us to train us, because he loves us.
As we’ve said before: Every true Christian wears their “L” plates. Once we think we can do away with them, cos we are now mature – and presumably better than others – we are in trouble. Constant growing and learning, developing in our walk with God, is the regular way for all believers. As the chapter progresses, Paul calls on the Philippians – and in turn us - to live on earth with a heavenly mind-set. He seems able to do what we find much more difficult to do; he always holds the end in view – even with regard to suffering. This is the way to maturity: Develop a love for Christ, a firmness in gospel truth, a willingness to pursue godliness and faithfulness in all relationships. We are to keep our eyes fixed on the final prize – the prize of glory. The prize Paul strived for; the prize Jesus went to the cross for.
Jesus stood before the actual "Gates of Hades" in Caesarea Philippi and declared that nothing would prevail against His Church. How do we move to be a prevailing, victorious and potent Church, spreading the good news of Jesus Christ? One step is to recognize that we all need to be 'trained in righteousness". What does this training look like? How do we take part? How do become trainers ourselves?
Often in the business of life we forget that WE ARE AT WAR! We are at war with Satan and his demonic forces who are bent on destroying the wonderful plan of our Commander-In-Chief Jesus Christ! We are in Mission on a mission and we need to be trained so that we can wage a skilled and effective warfare. This year our theme is B.A.S.I.C. Training, Brothers And Sisters In Christ training. We are not just getting back to the basics. We are re-establishing the basics and beyond.
B.A.S.I.C Training. Brothers and Sisters in Christ! We are at War! We are at war with Satan and his demonic forces who are bent on destroying the wonderful plan of our Commander-In-Chief....Jesus Christ. We are on a mission and we need to be trained so that we can wage a skilled and effective battle plan. The godd news is when we look in the back of the Book, the outcome of this spiritual warfare is clear....we win! 2 Timothy 2:1-7
As Christ-followers we are constantly Under Construction. God is continually chipping away at the things that don't look like His Son and molding us into the sons and daughters He desires! We do that with our children, too. So, how does a godly parent parent? This is what our October series is all about. But we need to remember, when we a in a position to influence students we must first exhibit those traits we wish to see in them. It's not only the kids that are under construction...we are, too!
The essentials of godly parenting have been sadly lost in our post-modern society. Even in the church, parenting has largely been relegated to discipline for bad behavior but very little training in times of non-conflict. In this teaching, pastor Andy endeavors to teach parents how to pass on a godly heritage by focusing on the essentials of training children in the way they should go.