Summary: Material things will not last forever, but heaven will be throughout eternity.
Sunday Morning, August 24th, 2003
Let us pray
Welcome....thanks for your prayers while we were away at The West
Middle-sex Camp Meeting......we had a wonderful camp
meeting.....elaborate.. Thanks to Bro. Casimere......During the camp
meeting, I experienced what it means to take the time and truly worship the
Lord. I want to encourage everyone who truly loves the Lord to take the time
and truly worhip the Lord. If God has truly done something for you, then you
should take the time and worship him. We are here today because of the
grace and mercy of God We are not here because of our great strength and
our goodness; but we are here because of God. What has God done for you
lately? Who open doors for you?.....elaborate...
I do trust over the past seven months our theme for the year is holding true for
each of us, that with God all things are possible or with God nothing shall be
As we look at the Word of God today, using the title, "Heaven Minded," I
would like to ask three questions: 1. How many of you here today are heaven
bound? 2. How many of you have decided that this world is not your home?
3. How many of you are willing to go all out for the L:ord? Thank you...
Please turn with me to page 5 of your bulletin or in yout Bibles to Colossians
3 verses 1 through17. Let’s all stand and read together. Please tell someone:
this world is not my home. Do you believe what you have just said?
If I should tell you that the money you have in the bank you wont need it
anymore, just give it to a friend or give it to the church, somebody would say,
pastor is not thinking straight today. If I should say, that new car you are
driving, and that new home you are living in, you can get rid of them,
somebody would truly say what’s wrong with pastor today, I wonder what is
the point he is trying to make. Maybe not needing money; not needing a car;
not needing a place to live, is not true now, but one day it willl, when our
material things will no longer matter. With this idea in mind, let’s look at
verse 1 of our text.
Verse 1 - If ye then be risen with Christ. Notice the word if. That word
"if" means, in case, in the event that. So the apostle Paul is saying, in case or
in the event that a change has taken place; in case or in the event that you
have been transformed; in case or in the event that the old man has been
crucified, then and only then you are called upon to seek those things which
are above. There are too many people whose lives have not been changed ,
who are trying to seek after heavenly things We cannot seek after heavenly
things until a change has taken place in our lives..................
In Verse 2 we are called upon to set our affection on things above. That word
affection means, tender feelings, feelings of attach-ment. Our tender
feelings, our feelings of attach-ment should be on things above, and not on
things that are on the earth. As Christians we can’t get too attached with
earthly things; these earthly things will not last forever. Someone might ask