Summary: Here is what we need as a church for the new year 2007.
PHIL. 2:12-16 “A NEW YEAR FOR RLCC”
A) Several years ago when our country was showing signs of economic instability, right in the
heart of the nation there was a pocket of prosperity!
* It was the booming city of Wichita, Kansas! * Unemployment rate was only 3% …….
* It had a $14 million city hall under construction and the board of education had just approved
a $30 million building program.
* Right in the midst of a nation plagued with economic problems, there was a pocket of prosperity!
B) What does our world need most as we exit 2006 and enter the new year 2007?
* Can I tell you that, what we need is pockets of spiritual prosperity!
* We need groups of dynamic believers scattered all over the place.
* We need colonies of heaven, living clean lives as children of God in a dark world full of people
who are “crooked and perverse” (morally corrupt), as Paul points out in v.15.
C) That’s the church … That’s the way it was meant to be and the world needs it to be!
* What will enable a body of believers to be this kind of church?
* Let me give you four things this morning that will help RLCC to become this kind of church …
(1) A CONSUMING PASSION TO KNOW JESUS!
A) A well known Christian motivator says there are two questions he asks as he comes to a
group to begin his work … “What do you want?” and “Where are your men?”
* What do we want as a church? * What are our goals? * What is our fulfillment through service?
* Ask Paul what did he want … Look at Phil. 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power …”
B) The way he put it, he wanted to know Jesus better!
* He doesn’t leave the impression that his desire was mild … It was a driving passion!
* It was knowing Christ at any price! * Now almost 20 centuries later, this is still where the action
is … There is no real spiritual life apart from Jesus Christ!
C) This is the day that Christians need to honor their vows!
* This is the day in which Christians need to let Christ be the center of their lives!
* This is the day in which Christians need to seek Him, the living Word in the written Word!
* This is the day that we should talk about Him … That should be something that comes natural!
D) We should share Him because He is the best we have!
* And it’s no surprise that if we do these things, our relationship will be alive.
* John explains it in John 1:4 “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
* John 10:10 “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it …”
* A pocket of spiritual prosperity will be found only when there are Christians who have a
consuming passion to know Jesus!
(2) AN OVERFLOWING LOVE FOR OTHERS!
A) Paul was not only inwardly excited, he was outwardly motivated!
* His love reached out to others … And the reason is no secret …….
* Christ filled his heart with love for others.
* Paul practiced love in action … Love reaching out to others at a great cost to himself.
B) Love which got him in prison … Stoned … Persecuted …….
* Does loving this way come naturally for those who trust Christ?
* Well, it begins with trusting Him, but it is enhanced by other exercises …….
* For instance: It’s necessary to get near people before we can love them!
C) It’s also in order to pray for the necessary love!
* That’s what Paul did for the Philippian Christians … Phil. 1:9 “And this I pray, that your …”
* Paul wanted these Christians to overflow in their love for one another.
* When you truly love one another as Christ does, you love them in spite of their faults!
* If we want a great church in 2007, we must have an overflowing love for others!
(3) A WILLINGNESS TO PAY THE PRICE!
A) There is no bargain day in the kingdom of God!
* Jesus made that very clear in Matt. 13:44 … He told of a man who sold all that he had in order to
buy the treasure which he found hid in a field.
* In Matt. 19:16-22 He told of a wealthy young inquirer that the way to eternal life was to sell all
that he had and give to the poor! (Explain)
B) Turn to Luke 9:57-62 for some more good illustrations …….