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Christian Security

Introduction:

Often when we hear this text we quote verse 21 as a result of death, but this text is just as much about living and relationship with Jesus as it is about the death of the believer.

Paul’s Security in His Present Position in Christ

“For me to live is Christ”
Position of Committed Direction ()
Philippians 1:22–23 ESV
If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.
Christ mandated his course
Paul was subject to the will of Christ
Paul lived to glorify Christ ()
Philippians 1:26 ESV
so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
Position of Committed Service ( )
Philippians 1:24 ESV
But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
Paul decided he would Preach facing his dilemma
Paul decided he would preach if he is released
Paul preached to transform lives ( )
Philippians 1:25 ESV
Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,
Illus: There are two kinds of Christian believers: those who marvel and those who are marveled at. Greatness comes to the Christian when he becomes committed to the cause of Christ.
There are two kinds of Christian believers: those who marvel and those who are marveled at. Greatness comes to the Christian when he becomes committed to the cause of Christ.
Athletes become great when they make a total commitment to their sport. They fully understand the need to do what is best for their bodies. Their commitments become a matter of life and death. The committed athlete enjoys a challenge but is always pressing for even greater challenges. Greatness comes to an athlete who is willing to sacrifice everything.
It is easy to settle for a marginal life. Most people do. But God has a better plan for His people: greatness—the kind that comes only through a life of commitment!
Leadership Ministries Worldwide, Practical Illustrations: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians (Chattanooga, TN: Leadership Ministries Worldwide, 2001), 40.
Appl: We must obediently serve Christ with the security of knowing His will shall be done. Don’t become easily sidetracked by the oppositions in life. Live securely in your present position of commitment to Christ. Don’t panic, don’t get frustrated and become immobile. Trust the will and process of God in your life.
Transition:

Paul’s Security in His Future Position in Christ (v.21b)

“and to die is gain”
To spend eternal life with Jesus
Even in death Paul understood his life to be secure
He looked forward to being with Jesus
Paul planned and prepared himself for eternity
Illus: How strong is your perception of eternity?
How strong is your perception of eternity?
We live in a day and time where medical technology has made great strides by keeping people alive who years ago would have died. There are both positive and negative points for the Christian believer to consider.
For example, look at the life of a young lady whom we will call Karen. At the prime of her life, Karen was stricken by a devastating disease which put her in a coma. Years went by as she lay asleep. The only thing keeping her alive was a series of tubes.
Karen’s parents finally made the difficult decision to turn off the life-support machines and remove the tubes from their daughter’s wasted body. Their decision was not easy. It was so hard to let her go. But it was bearable because of Karen’s commitment to Christ. When she finally left this world, she fell into the arms of her loving heavenly Father.
When you let go of this old world, will you fall into His arms also?
Leadership Ministries Worldwide, Practical Illustrations: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians (Chattanooga, TN: Leadership Ministries Worldwide, 2001), 69.
Appl: Living today as believer we must prepare for our eternal destination with Jesus. Do you ever consider what it means to be in the arms of Jesus. We have become so caught up in what happens now but we gain when we see Jesus. the only way to gain is to make him your savior. Is Christ your savior?
John 14:1–3 ESV
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
John 14:1 ESV
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
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