Waking the Sleeping Giant #10

Waking the Sleeping Giant

A Call to Action

Philippians 4:8-9

Message #10

Intro:

– Last Sunday night we saw that God has called us to invest in the Kingdom of God and as a result He will supply our needs. We saw that in the passage there were 6 realities of investing in the Kingdom.

1) A lack of investors in the Kingdom

2) A lack of repeat investors in the Kingdom

3) The investment in the Kingdom is for the investor’s profit!

4) When done properly the investment in the Kingdom is like a sacrifice that pleases God

5) We are not to hesitate to invest in the Kingdom because we don’t think we have enough – God will supply our needs!

6) Our investment in the Kingdom is for the glory of God

– This week we are going to look at A Call to Action. In this passage Paul exhorts the Philippians to think about the best things and to put into practice what they have learned about living for Christ. We are going to walk away with 2 Crucial Action Steps

I) Thinking about the best things (8)

A) What they look and sound like

true = something that is in accordance with fact

noble = worthy of respect or honor – whatever is majestic or awe-inspiring

* A visitor going into the studio of a great painter found on his easel some very fine gems, brilliant and sparkling. Asked why he kept them there, the painter replied: “I keep them there to tone up my eyes. When I am working in pigments, insensibly the sense of color becomes weakened. By having these pure colors before me to refresh my eyes the sense of color is brought up again just as the musician by his tuning-fork brings his string up to the concert pitch.” —J. H. Bomberger

<Story>

* This word is only used elsewhere in

1 Tim 3:8-11; Titus 2:2right = just, righteous

– pure = morally pure, undefiled

* There is a dainty, bright-blue butterfly of less than an inch wingspread that has jewel- like gold spots on its wings. It is very lovely to behold, but it has a disgusting habit and diet. Instead of soaring heavenward in sunlight as it might, it descends to dung and feeds there. <Story>

* 1 Jn 3:3

– lovely = acceptable, pleasing, those things which attract

– admirable = well-sounding, praiseworthy, attractive, appealingexcellent = virtue, the most comprehensive Greek term for moral excellence and the central theme of Greek ethics

* 1 Pet 2:9; 2 Pet 1:3-5

– praiseworthy = praise, it is something to cheer about

– think about such things * Think = to consider, reckong, take into account, to think about – a continual action

* An artist once drew a picture. It represented a night-scene. A solitary man is rowing a little skiff across a lake; the wind is high and stormy, the billows, white and crested, rage around the frail bark; and not a star, save one, shines through the dark and angry sky above. But upon that lone star the voyager fixes his eye, and keeps rowing away—on, on, on through the midnight storm. Written beneath the picture were these words, “If I lose that I’m lost!” <Story>

B) How do you do it?- Church = AM, PM, small group, membership

– Bible = read, study, pray about, memorize

– Prayer = alone, together, for you, for lost, for saved

– Christian radio = worship, learn, grow

– Christian books = worship, learn, grow

– Accountability partner = masks off burden bearingII) Putting into practice what we have learned (9)

A) How we learn- learned – to gain knowledge or skill by instruction- received – to receive, to receive tradition or that which is passed on– heard – to audibly hear Paul’s teaching when he was there in person, and even now as they hear his words read out loud– seen – to visually see Paul live before them, a living testimony of surrender to Christ

* These last 2 words refer to Paul’s personal contact with the Philippians

To one who asked him the secret of his service, George Mueller said: “There was a day when I died, utterly died;” and, as he spoke, he bent lower and lower until he almost touched the floor—“died to George Muller, his opinions, preferences, tastes, and will—died to the world, its approval or censure—died to the approval or blame even of my brethren and friends— and since then I have studied only to show myself approved unto God.” <Story>B) How to do it – put it into practice is a command – and it should be continually practiced- Church = AM, PM, small group, membership

Trust God = provision financially, strength, wisdom, ability

Prayer = spiritual growth, obedience, strength, wisdom

Bible = read, study, pray about, memorize

Christian radio = worship, learn, grow

Christian books = worship, learn, grow

Accountability partner = masks off burden bearing

* Next to the one who does not pay his bill, the doctor’s most annoying patient is the one who refuses to follow orders. Recently it was estimated that between 16 to 90 percent of all patients leave half-empty pill bottles, cheat on diets, continue to smoke, or never return for checkups despite careful prescriptions and cautious advice. <Story>Application

– We are called to think about the best things and to put into practice what we have learned about living for Christ.

I) Thinking about the best things (8)

A) What they look and sound like

B) How to do it

II) Putting into practice what we have learned (9)

A) How we learn

B) How to do it

– If these are things that you are already attempting with God’s help to do, be encouraged! If they are not, ask God to help you to do so!

– I have been impacted recently by how often we as Christians in the U.S.A. do not often show our concern or sharing in the affliction of our brothers and sisters in Christ that are suffering in foreign countries

* I was brought to tears with this one question that is often brought up by believers in other countries that are facing persecution – the Iraqi’s, the Chinese, the Sudanese, etc.. – they ask if the Christians in the U.S.A. care about them

– Ministry = volunteer for opportunities, care for other’s needs

* Does anyone remember how in the past I have talked about having belly-button syndrome, I think that I have forgotten that there are believers all over this world that are my brothers and sisters in Christ, and they are giving their lives for the Savior, I don’t often show that it matters to me, this must change

– This brings me to this point, in placing our trust in God for everything, I believe that God has placed the burden within me

* to begin this year with a short-term missions trip to the Bronx to help other believers

* next year it is my goal to have a short-term missions trip here in the U.S. to help other believers, and also a short-term foreign missions trip to help other believers

– On Sunday, March 4th we will have a couple of baptisms, and probably look at An Interview with the Sleeping Giant!

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