Summary: When we are 'In Christ' we are made whole and complete... restoring us to a relationship with our Creator, leading us to maturity in faith and gives us a hope of what we have waiting for us... prepared by Christ FOR US!
Date Written: November 22, 2013
Date Preached: November 24, 2013
Where Preached: OPBC (AM)
Series Title: Building a Foundation for a Thankful Life
Sermon Title: The 4th Piling – Our Perfection in Christ
Sermon Text: Philippians 3 [HCSB]
Essence of the Text: Paul stressed the need for believers to NOT focus on earthly things or put their trust in earthly institutions but glory in Christ and what He has done…
Essence of the Sermon: Paul’s words speak loud and clear to US today as we must NOT focus on the things or institutions of this world, we must not place our trust in anything other than Christ, but we must focus on Him and what He has done!
Objective of the Sermon: KNOWING what Christ has done brings us to a stark revelation! You see Christ has done what we could NEVER do… Christ has brought perfection to our lives…In Christ we know perfection before God!
The Scripture you heard this morning so far has said that troubles are GOING to come… we must brace for them and seek God’s help in making it thru them… We see how one of the most godly men in the history of the church also dealt with difficulty!
People we are going to see difficulty in this life… Just because you are a believer does not mean hardship or trial will NOT come your way!
So often we experience these hardships and we lose sight of the blessings we have IN Christ! Today I want to continue looking at the wonderful blessings we HAVE in Christ and what we have to be thankful for during this Thanksgiving holiday…and every day!
Now to this point in our series we have learned that we are called to be thankful… Paul calls us to come to God with all things, but to do so in a thankful manner…with a thankful attitude and heart! We see this in his letter to the Philippians (4:6-HCSB)
6Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
What we have learned is that for us to be able to have a thankful attitude and heart that FIRST we must understand WHAT we are thankful for…
Over the past 3 weeks we have looked the WONDERFUL foundation we have as Christians…it is a foundation that brings a truly thankful heart and attitude to our hearts…
This foundation of thankfulness is where we (as believers) stand…
This foundation of thankfulness is where we (as believers) live…
This foundation of thankfulness is where we (as believers) build up our walk in Christ…
This foundation of thankfulness is where we (as believers) grow and mature…
What we have learned over the past 3 weeks is that this foundation of thankfulness has several anchors or pilings in it that keep it stable and firm… and a trustworthy foundation for our lives in Christ!
The first anchor or piling in this foundation is God the Father… God is God and we can know that the Creator of the Universe cares for us and loves us with a love we cannot fully comprehend!