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Summary: There is only one way, God’s Way, to true joy and blessing

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Part One - Get on the Right Trail

There is only One Way—God’s Way—to true Joy and Blessing

Based on the text of Philippians 3:1-6

Introduction

1. I Feel Like Traveling On

My heav’nly home is bright and fair,

I feel like traveling on,

Nor pain, nor death can enter there

I feel like traveling on.

Yes, I feel like traveling on

I feel like traveling on

My heav’nly home is bright and fair,

I feel like traveling on.

The Lord has been so good to me,

I feel like traveling on,

Until that blessed home I see,

I feel like traveling on.

2. Obviously you may be wondering what a teepee, various frontier paraphernalia, and your pastor dressed like a fur trapper has to do with the preaching of God’s Word.

3. During Jesus’ earthly ministry two-thousand years ago, He used many illustrations to demonstrate the truth of the Gospel. He used a fig tree to teach about possessing the evidences of a life pleasing to God; He used relationships with a father and son to reveal aspects of our relationship with God; He used farming, animals, seeds, rocks, dirt, and a lot of other normal, regular things to communicate the truth of God’s Kingdom.

4. And so, this morning, I want to use the American frontier of 1804 to enter a conversation with you about life—your life, and mine—and how we can truly follow Christ and His teaching, even in the post-modern world that we happen to find ourselves living in.

5. In 1804 two gifted, intelligent men, led a group of other men, in a journey of a lifetime. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned William Clark and Meriwether Lewis, to lead the Corps of Discovery through the Louisiana Purchase, from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back again.

6. It was a daunting, dangerous, intense task. Failure and death was a very real possibility. Success would be difficult at best. So, why do it? It was more than the thrill of adventure—staring danger in the face. It was more that the desire to achieve fame and fortune—there were no guarantees. But there was the understanding by Thomas Jefferson, Lewis, and Clark, that for the American nation to become great this journey and expedition must be successfully accomplished—there was no other option.

7. For us, life is a journey. And, there are many illustration that we can garner from the American Frontier that can help us understand Biblical truth—how we can successfully navigate the challenges, pitfalls, and dangers that an befall everyone of us. Whether you are a follow of Jesus, or an unbeliever, life is a journey. Every human being is born, lives life, and will, one day die.

8. For some, there is the belief that death is the end of the journey. Others belief it is only the beginning. There are those that believe that as long as you are a good person and sincere, then you will finish life well—your abilities acceptable to God. Others believe that there is only one way—one trail—one road—that is acceptable to God that will lead to the right destination.

9. Who’s right? The Muslim sincerely believes he is right—Islam’s way is the only way. The Hindu sincerely believes he is right—the Hindu way is the only way. The Scientologist sincerely believes he is right—Scientology’s way is the only way. And the list goes on and on.


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