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Sunday 07.03.16 (citizens of heaven)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Philippians 3:12-21 and the forward-looking hope we have as citizens of a heavenly Kingdom. There will be no evening service due to the holiday weekend. Hope to see you there, and safe travels if you are visiting elsewhere for the holiday!

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School
@1045 Worship Gathering
**No Evening Activities, enjoy the holiday weekend!

Sermon Notes
Citizens of Heaven ~ Philippians 3:12-21

  • Keep looking forward in hope knowing to whom you belong (3:12-16)
    • Six realities of the Christian life:
      • You belong to Jesus and his kingdom, and that is a glorious thing (3:12, 20-21)
      • You are not yet what/who you are meant to be in perfect righteousness (3:12)
      • But you are to keep pursuing until you have achieved this goal in Christ (3:12-14)
      • Therefore, your future is much, much better than your past (3:13-14)
      • The more spiritually mature you are, the more these realities will impact your daily life (3:15)
    • Therefore:
      • Commit yourself to actively follow Jesus and grow in faith (3:12-14)
      • Set your gaze on your eternal future (3:13)
      • Let the work of God in your past be fuel for a faithful future (3:15-16)
  • Imitate good examples of faithful kingdom citizens, maximizing the good you do on this earth (3:17-21)
    • Imitation is a part of the Christian life and discipleship (3:17)
    • A “faithful kingdom citizen” is one who:
      • Values Christ and the cross above all else (3:18-19)
      • Lives in the present world with a mind focused on the eternal world (3:20-21)
    • Following their examples, develop a true heavenly mindedness which does the most earthly good (see: Colossians 3:1-17)

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