Making Every Moment Count (Philippians 1:21-30)
Gearl Spicer, June 20, 2021
Part of the Summer Of Joy - Now More Than Ever series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Philippians 1:21–30 (Listen)
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
Summer Of Joy - Now More Than Ever
Making Every Moment Count
How would you evaluate your daily walk?
*For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. vs.21
*Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you
All for your progress and joy in the faith. vs. 25
*Only conduct yourselves worthy of the gospel of Christ….vs. 27
*For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in
Him, bot also to suffer for His sake. vs. 29
“If you were aware of how precious today is, you could hardly live through it.
Unless you are aware of how precious it is, you can hardly be said to be living at all.” Frederick Buechner
I. What do you live for? MOTIVATION - vs.21-25
*Spiritual motivation leads to dynamic life change!
A. Eternal perspective to an amazing life
B. Fulfilling your calling is key to impact
C. Faith opens the door to a great journey
II. How do you live daily? AGENDA - vs.26-27
*Any plan lacking strategy will fail!
A. Conduct - Live with a view of God
B. Consistency - Pursue daily effectiveness
C. Commitment - Allow the Gospel to be central to your strategy
III. What obstacles do you face? CHALLENGE - vs. 28-30
*Anything of value comes with a price!
A. Answer alarms with confidence
B. Anchor your heart in Jesus
C. Anticipate a price to be paid
Are you making it count?