October 25, 2015 – Philippians: Be a Seven Day Christian

Preached by Rod Benner (00:39)

Rod continues a series in Philippians.  The Holy Spirit was sent to empower you to not only talk the talk, but to walk the walk.  Whether you are on there on in the church house, act like Christ.

The attitude you have with other Christians is the same attitude you should have when you are with anybody else.

Scripture References: Phil 2:12

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September 6, 2015 – Philippians, part 5 – Living in a Time Like This

Preached by Rod Benner (00:40)

Rod continues a new series on the book of Philippians.

Knowing Jesus prepares you to live and prepares you to die.  There is a boldness that you receive and that grows as you get to know Jesus.  The boldness is not that of physical power, strength, or superior intellect.  The boldness given to and learned by the Christian is found in abounding love. Paul found emotional, mental, and even physical strength in the abounding love of God.  That abounding love pours into you and the boldness increases as it pours out of you into the lives of others.  Intentional living is intentional dying; for you must die to all of your personal hopes and dreams so that you can find them again in Jesus. The more you intentionally live for Jesus, the more you are intentionally ready to die.  You give your whole life to God for his good work and let him decide when it’s time to take you out of this world.  He made and chose you for a specific task of showing love and truth to some part of this world. Therefore, find your life and death in abounding love.

Scripture References:
Philippians 1:18-20

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August 30, 2015 – Philippians, part 4 – How to Hope in Rough Times

Preached by Rod Benner (00:43)

Rod continues a new series on the book of Philippians.

As Paul sat in chains, under house arrest by Roman guards, he told his friends, “Don’t worry about me.” Although he would rather be free, we was more concerned about giving great praise to God. In a terrible, inconvenient, depressing, unfair, and unjust situation he said, “Because of my imprisonment I get to tell all of these guards about Jesus! That’s more important than my physical freedom.”

Every circumstance in your life is an opportunity to learn more about God and the point of life. You don’t always pick your circumstances but you can choose to turn any circumstance (any circumstance!) into an opportunity to honor and praise God. Remember and learn what matters. Don’t sacrifice the relationship with your spouse, your kids, or your neighbors and coworkers for unimportant matters. Paul isn’t saying, “Just look at the glass half full.” Rather, he’s saying, “Look to Jesus and see God the Father.” The point of life is to honor God, know Jesus, and love others (ie. family, neighbors, co-workers, others). Understand what really matters to hope through rough times.

Scripture References:
Philippians 1:12-19

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