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The Goal, Power and Joy of Being a Christian

Phil 2:12-18. Paul listed three incentives that will motivate us to have the “mind of Christ” Paul spoke of in Phil 2:1-11. The incentives will motivate us toward the goal Jesus attained!

I. GOAL – OUR PRESENT SALVATION (Phil 2:12, 14-16)

A. “Work out your salvation”
B. “Work out your own salvation”
C. “Do it without grumbling and disputing”
D. “Prove yourselves blameless and innocent”
E. “Prove yourselves children of God above reproach”
1. “In a crooked (warped) and perverse (corrupt) generation.
2. “You appear as lights”
3. “Holding fast the word of life”

II. POWER – GOD WORKING IN US

A. Word of God (Matt 12:13; 14:29; 1 Thess 2:13)
B. Prayer (Eph 3:20)
C. Temptations and Trials (Acts 16:19-33)

III. JOY – ON THE DAY OF CHRIST (Phil 2:16-18)

A. Rejoicing with those who helped us!

For the Christian, life is a series of steps that lead us closer to our Father.
He provides all the incentive we need to take those steps.

Answering the Charge of Intolerance

Acts 4:12; John 3:16

Today, the charge of intolerance is leveled at anyone who does not respect with quiet acceptance the perversion of our culture.  Peter paid no heed as to how his culture might respond to the truth about Jesus.  What should we think when accusations of intolerance are made?

I.    GOD OFFERS SALVATION from sin TO EVERY SOUL

A.    He has a tolerant side (John 3:16; 1 Tim 2:3-5; Luke 15:1-2; Matt 7:12; 2 Pet 3:9)
B.    His purpose is not advanced by violent force (Matt 26:55, 52)

II.    MANY ARE CHRISTIANS IN NAME ONLY

A.    Anyone can call himself a Christian (3 John 9-10)
B.    Christ knows those who belong to Him (2 Tim 2:19)

III.    MANY MISREPRESENT CHRIST’S PURPOSE

A.    He did not come to make the world a happy place.
B.    He came to save spiritual lives (John 3:16; Luke 19:10)
C.    His gospel deals with real problems (Rom 3:23; 6:23)

IV.    JESUS CHRIST STANDS ALONE IN HIS UNIQUENESS

A.    He brought eternal life (John 3:16; 1 John 4:9)
B.    He is full of grace and truth (John 1:14)
C.    He explained the Father (John 1:18)
D.    He is the only begotten of God: unique in every way
E.    He spoke the truth of God; exposed and rebuked sin
F.    He was killed, in innocence, to fulfill God’s purpose (Eph 3:4-6, 11)
G.   He has redemptive power by His blood (1 Peter 1:18-19)
H.   He was raised to be a sympathetic High Priest (Heb 4:15; Rom 1:4)
I.    His gospel explains His uniqueness to save from sin (Rom 1:16)

The uniqueness of Christianity (the true religion of Christ) is not based on the perfection of its adherents, but on the uniqueness of the Lord Jesus Christ

“If Anyone Is In Christ”

“New creature” (2 Cor 5:17) is similar in its meaning to “born again” (John 3:3, 5). A “new creature” has undergone a birth, a conversion (Matt 18:3; Acts 3:19; Eph 2:1-2; Col 2:12-14). Every “new creature” is in the “kingdom of God” or “the church” (1 Cor 15:24; Matt 16:16-19).

But God has simplified our identity in Christ (Isa 62:2; 2:2-3; Acts 10; Acts 11:26). The Name Jesus Christ is now the preeminent Name we wear (Acts 4:12; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16).

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