Keep Your Eyes On The Walk

Ordinary People: Radical Joy  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  33:51
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We all follow someone. But how do we chose who we'll follow? What's the criteria? In this week's passage, Paul challenges the Philippian church to follow and imitate him. Is he being arrogant or is there something more behind his request? Moreover, how will his words impact who we should follow or imitate?

 Whitehorse Baptist Church "Ordinary People: Radical Joy" "KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE WALK" (PHILIPPIANS 3:17-4:1) OUTLINE STYLE: INDUCTIVE DEVELOPMENT INTRODUCTION: 1. PRE-MESSAGE PRAYER (Facilitated by Worship Team) 2. (VIDEO) BASIC: FOLLOW JESUS BY FRANCIS CHAN 3. (SLIDE 1) IMITATION Ø Someone had a bit of fun with me on the Internet. (Carey Nieuwhof Meme) 4. (SLIDE 2) SERIES RECAP & MESSAGE INTRO. 5. (SLIDE 3) NEXT SERIES: 7 POWERFUL CONVERSATIONS TEACHING: 6. (SLIDE 4-5) PHILIPPIANS 3:17-4:1 7. (SLIDE 6) CONTEXT a) Reminders of (1) Philippian Culture and (2) False Teachers b) 8. (SLIDE 7) IMITATING PAUL - Vs. 17 a) Other translations use the root word "follow" instead of "imitate". Ø “Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.” (Phil. 3:17 - NKJV) b) Paul has requested this of the church before. Ø “For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me. That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church.” (1 Cor. 4:15-17) c) (SLIDE 8) The Truth Is In Their Walk (Because Talk Is Cheap!) i) Culture Shift: "Do as I say, not as I do!" is a terrible long-term growth strategy! ii) (SLIDE 9) An Example of Servant Leadership Vs. Status Leadership Ø Paul is leading the Mission, not managing it. (Imitate & Follow!) 9. (SLIDE 10) ENEMIES OF THE CROSS - VS. 18-19 a) Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary On the Whole Bible i) “The enemies of the cross of Christ mind nothing but their sensual appetites. Sin is the sinner’s shame, especially when gloried in. The way of those who mind earthly things, may seem pleasant, but death and hell are at the end of it. If we choose their way, we shall share their end.” b) (SLIDE 11) "Their end is destruction..." (Why?) c) (SLIDE 12) 3 Trademarks of a Dangerous Church Leader: i) "...their god is their belly..." (Satisfying Self! Henry's "...sensual appetites...") ii) (SLIDE 13) "...they glory in their shame..." (Glorifying Self! Unaware people!) iii) (SLIDE 14) "...with minds set on earthly things." (Past or Present-Minded! Worshipping the past or present religious systems.) APPLICATION: IDEA 10. (SLIDE 15) HEAVENLY CITIZENSHIP - VS. 3:20-4:1 a) Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary On the Whole Bible: i) "The life of a Christian is in heaven, where his Head and his home are, and where he hopes to be shortly; he sets his affections upon things above; and where his heart is, there will his conversation be." Ø (SLIDE 16) Jesus looked past Himself and into the future. Ø Paul looked past Himself and into the future. Ø Who should I follow? Who should I imitate? ii) (SLIDE 17) People worth following; look past themselves and into the future. CONCLUSION: 11. (SLIDE 18) WHY CHANGE? a) Why do we have to change? (Change often produces growth!) Ø Past-Minded vs. Future Minded! (The church has changed a lot since Paul's day!) Even if we fail, we know more than we did before. b) Worship, Elder Mentorship, Church Plant, Building Project...change! 12. (SLIDE 19) INVITATION (Worship In Response) Ø POST-MESSAGE PRAYER (Pray for OFFERING & Close Message)
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