Eagerly Waiting for the Savior (Philippians 3:17-21) - 4/19/20
INTRO: We must follow godly examples as we press toward spiritual maturity, keeping in mind the ultimate goal of our eternal home in heaven.
I. ESPOUSING GODLY EXAMPLES (v. 17)
II. EXAMINING UNGODLY ENEMIES (vv. 18-19) 1. The Seriousness of False Teaching - whose end is destruction. 2. The Selfishness of False Teaching - whose god is their belly. 3. The Shamefulness of False Teaching - whose glory is in their shame. 4. The Source of False teaching - who set their mind on earthly things.
III. EXPECTING THE COMING OF THE SAVIOR (vv. 20-21)
Questions to go deeper with today’s message.
What significance did the word “citizenship” have to the Philippian believers that Paul used to encourage them to live as if they were looking forward to the Lord’s return?
One of those phrases that is not biblical but quite popular goes like this, “some folks are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.” While there is some truth to the statement in certain contexts, would you agree that our problem is more often being, “so earthly minded that we are no heavenly good”? __________ Why or Why not?
Point I. ESPOUSING GODLY EXAMPLES (v. 17)
Do you have a godly person who is a pattern for your life?
Who are those godly people whom you model your life after?
Have you written to thank them for their influence in your life?
Should a church's worship services and ministries be designed around pleasing God or meeting the needs and desires of men?
Point II. EXAMINING UNGODLY ENEMIES (vv. 18-19)
Why is so important to examine the teachers we listen to within the church?
What does it mean to you to be “spiritually minded”?
Do you set your mind on the things of the earth or the things of heaven?
Point III. EXPECTING THE COMING OF THE SAVIOR (vv. 20-21)
How are you encouraged by the expectation of Christ's return to the earth?
Do you believe your life is being transformed now, even as your body will be one day?