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Written by Chris Kibble   
Wednesday, 07 November 2018 18:19

Dear all,

'Standing firm' was Paul's theme in our sermon on Sunday in Philippians 3:12-4:1. Paul gives us three clear guidelines to help us to stand firm”:

First 'press on': Paul wants the Philippians to understand that he hadn't 'made it'. His desire to deepen in his knowledge and love of Jesus burned ever more brightly. Though remembering the way in which God took hold of him, he deliberately put behind him both the successes and challenges of his early Christian life, and strove to fulfill his calling from God. He was also energized by the thought of having full knowledge of the Lord Jesus either when Jesus returned, or in heaven.


Second: 'choose your role models well': when Paul says 'follow my example', he's not setting himself up as a guru. He wants to be followed as one who is following hard after Jesus. He says in 1 Corinthians 11:1 'follow my example as I follow the example of Christ'. Don Carson comments 'look around carefully and emulate those who are continuing to grow spiritually and are not stagnating. Imitate those who keep on imitating Christ'. Equally, we should take care not to emulate those who profess to be Christians but are not truly Christians. Paul wept about such people who had their mind on earthly things and who would ultimately be separated from God for eternity.

Finally, Paul encourages his audience to 'be homesick for heaven'. The Philippians had been given Roman citizenship and Paul stresses their heavenly citizenship. As CS Lewis says, 'if you read history, you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next'. Paul concludes by reminding us of Jesus' return and the transformation of our bodies to be like Jesus' glorious body.

I'm much looking forward to hearing Michael Weidman who will be our speaker on Sunday. Michael is on the Navigator staff at UBC and he is well known to a number of you. He has a rich history of Christian learning and ministry.

And might I gently encourage you to be with us from 10 a.m. such that you can enjoy the full worship!



Pastor Chris

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 18:23