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Three Homes

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Sermon shared by Jerry Shirley

February 2007
Summary: Everyone needs a Heavenly Home, a Christian Home, and a Church Home. How to have a Happy Heart, a Harmonious Household, and a Healthy Church. Link included to formatted text, audio, and PowerPoint Presentation.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Three Homes

http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/3Homes.html

2 Corinthians 5:1
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Every person ought to have:
• A Heavenly Home
• A Christian Home
• A Church Home

The first has to do with your salvation, and eternal destiny. The second has to do with your home and family, and the last with the local body of Christ that you become a member of. And having the first home ought to lead you to making sure you have the last 2 homes.

And knowing your eternity is secure should affect your present, and the rest of your earthly existence. Do this: boil it all down and there’s really just…

3 things we should strive for:

I. A Happy Heart

The psalmist stated, "Happy is that people…whose God is the Lord" (Ps. 144:15). Real happiness, of course, is always conditional.

A. Salvation is imperative.
Men who are uncertain about eternity will not be able to relax. The
prospect of losing the soul is a nagging thought. The possibility of a lake of fire will drain the fun out of a thinking and reasonable mind. The presence of the Lord in our lives is necessary, too. The Holy Spirit comes into the body of the believer and dwells there.

B. Surrender is important.
A fierce battle is fought between the old nature and the new man. There can be no true happiness until the new man is in complete control. Paul spoke of this in Philippians: "…for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content" (4:11). He explained in I Corinthians, "But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection" (9:27).

C. Sacrifice is integral.
It seems strange that words such as sacrifice, cost, price, demand, give, and go could lead to happiness. Jesus said that the way to live is to die; the way to have is to give, and the way to revival is travail.
"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever
will lose his life for my sake shall find it" (Matt. 16:25).

D. Separation should be included.
Happiness leans heavily on whom you run with and whom you associate with. Those who associate with evil will want evil. Those who hang around the world will be worldly. We must walk with God to be godly. Those who would be spiritual must be in regular contact and
fellowship with the Spirit. "Come out," "Be not conformed,"
"Love not the world," "Have no fellowship," are just a few
phrases we find in God’s Word that show us God’s desire for His
children.

To be happy, obey the Lord’s commands and desires. And strive to have a happy heart by making sure Jesus lives there, within your heart, and that you are a surrendered, living sacrifice, and separated from the world. It all leads to a happy heart!


II. A Harmonious Home

Everyone wants a happy home. Love and companionship in the family circle is worth far more than gold, silver
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