Summary: Get in the Word in a different way, going beyond your current M.O. to make it real in your life!
Let’s Go for the Gold in the Word!
Let’s turn to Philippians Chapter 1 tonight.
While you’re doing that, I have a question to ask you: Have you ever heard of Evel Knievel?
• He was a motorcycle daredevil who made longer and longer jumps from ramp to ramp – over cars, busses, fountains – anything that would draw a crowd. His intent was to actually make a jump over a portion of the Grand Canyon.
• He didn’t always make it. He is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the person who broke the most bones over a lifetime.
• His ultimate jump turned out to be over the Snake River Canyon.
Philippians 1 – New International Version (NIV)
1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Santa Fe story
• In the southwestern suburbs of Chicago, near the Santa Fe railroad tracks, was Santa Fe Speedway. This was a great place for people to watch stock car and motorcycle races in the refined atmosphere of noise, leather jackets, gasoline fumes, exhaust, beer, and tobacco smoke.
• Some of the most interesting events there were the amateur races, where anyone in the crowd could enter their own vehicle! Can you imagine taking your car out there on a dare? Wendy and I actually know a lady who did that once!
• A friend of mine was attending an event, and he and another guy who was there started talking about choppers. Denny loved choppers! These are powerful, modified motorcycles with elongated front-ends. They talked about how powerful choppers could be, color schemes, and how much they cost -- but then the guy started talking about flying over canyons. Denny began to wonder who he was really talking to!
• That’s when they both realized, after 10 minutes, that Denny had been talking about motorcycles – and the other guy had been talking about helicopters!
• I’m glad there wasn’t a dentist there!
You know, Philippians 1:6 is an encouraging verse for two kinds of people, who disagree about the exact nature of the “good work” Paul is referring to. Let’s read it again, with an emphasis on what the subject(s) of the verses are, and who is involved.
3 I thank my God every time I remember you [Philippians]. 4 In all my prayers for all of you [Philippians], I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership [with Paul] in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you [Philippians] will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.