“HE IS SO PRECIOUS TO ME” PART 2

1 Corinthians 3:11, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

Yesterday we said,  I. HE IS PRECIOUS TO GOD!

II. HE WAS PRECIOUS TO PAUL!

Philippians 3:8, “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,”

God said in Matthew 17:5, “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”

III. HE IS NOT PRECIOUS TO THE WORLD!

No, the world does not love Him; however, Jesus Christ is for the whole world. He died for all men.

He is the only eternal hope for the world John 14:6.

John 10:16, “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”

Romans 10:12, “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.”

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HE IS PRECIOUS TO ME!”

1 Peter 2:1-10
Think about verse 2. “Sincere” means unadulterated, or the simple word of God, and not tainted with man’s philosophy. “Grow” means that it is normal to have growth after birth. Not all grow at the same rate. It is important to remember that we must all take time to grow.
Think about some things that are precious to you. Something you would give your life to and for. Most of our wives want to know that they are precious to us.
 
I. JESUS IS PRECIOUS TO GOD!
 
A. He is the FAIREST among ten thousand:
 
Song of Solomon 5:10, “My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.”
 
B. He is a JEWEL beyond compare.
 
Matthew 13:46, “Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”
 
C. He is the ONLY Saviour.
 
Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
 
C. He is the ONLY foundation.
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

SO, WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT CHRISTMAS!” CONCLUSION!

We have been saved from the penalty of sin; we are being saved from the power of sin and will be saved from the very presence of sin.

II. CHRISTMAS IS GREAT BECAUSE WE HAVE SECURITY IN OUR SALVATION.

  1. We can be sure of Heaven.
  2. We can be assured of Happiness.

III. CHRISTMAS IS GREAT BECAUSE WE HAVE FULL SATISFACTION.

  1. In His finished work on the cross.

Philippians 2:5-8, “5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”{fashion: or habit}

  1. In His unfaltering faith.
  2. In His Fulfilled promises.

IV. CHRISTMAS IS GREAT BECAUSE WE HAVE A SAVIOUR, SALVATION, SECURITY, SATISFACTION AND SIMPLICITY.

    1. Whosoever
    2. Come as you are.

Yes, born to be King. The question is, is He your King? Will you have a great Christmas this year?

“SO, WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT CHRISTMAS?”

MONDAY, CHRISTMAS EVE.
Luke 2:1-20
 
On visitation several years ago, I was asked our topics question. Some of what I told him will be given the next two days..
 
I. CHRISTMAS IS GREAT BECAUSE WE HAVE A SAVIOUR.
 
This is a King who loves us and died for us. In fact, His reason for coming was to die. In other words, we have first of all:
 
A. A Saviour Who loves us and died for us Galatians 2:20.
B. A Saviour Who is qualified
 
1. Because of His Prophecy: Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
 
Micah 5:2, “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
 
2. Because He is Proclaimed: Read Colossians 1:12-19.
 
II. BECAUSE WE HAVE SALVATION AND HOME IN HIS KINGDOM.
 
A. We have been saved from going to a place called hell.
 
Revelation 20: 14-15, “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Revelation. 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

“AN EXAMPLE OF A SUBMISSIVE MIND, EPAPHODITUS” CONCLUSION

Philippians 2:25-30
 
Yesterday we learned that, I. EPAPHRODITUS WAS A BALANCED CHRISTIAN.
 
II. EPAPHRODITUS WAS A BURDENED CHRISTIAN.
 
He had the submissive mind, that is, thinking of others and not self.Though he was sick and almost died, his buden was for Paul and the church at Philippi.
 
We need more Christians with a burden for the local Church.
 
III. EPAPHRODITUS WAS A BLESSED CHRISTIAN.
 
What a blessing he was to Paul – loyal to his own church and now to us. The proof is that we are studying him today. Paul honored him in 1 Thessalonians. 5:13, “And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake.” In Philippians 2:30 he literally gambled his life. How different we are today:
 
We think to go down is to lose. The Bible teaches that the way up is often down.
 
Christ had a submissive mind and God highly extolled Him. Paul, Timothy, and Epaphroditus had submissive minds and they were honored for their sacrifice and service.
 
Conclusion: The only way to get victory over circumstances, people and things is through having a submissive mind; the mind of Christ.
 
We receive this mind only as we allow the Spirit and the Word to work in our lives. Verses 2:12-13.

“AN EXAMPLE OF A SUBMISSIVE MIND, EPAPHRODITUS!”

Please read Philippians 2:25-30
 
Please review the things we have learned about the submissive mind of Christ.
Here is an example of a submissive mind we can all follow:
 
I. EPHPHRODITUS WAS A BALANCED CHRISTIAN.
 
A. A brother – which means he knew the Fellowship of the Gospel.
B. A companion in labor – which ties him to the furtherance of the Gospel.
C. A fellowsoldier – he knew how to battle for the faith.
 
1. How easy it is for some to get out of balance.
 
2. Some Christians think only of fellowship with the brotherhood and have no time to fight the enemy and win souls.
3.Others are so wrapped up in service, they forget the fellowship. An example is Martha in Luke 10:38.
4. Still others are always fighting so much that they neglect fellowship and service. It is easy to always fight the enemy and never build the church.
 
We need to be balanced Christians.

“THE SUBMISSIVE MIND OF CHRIST!”

Read Philippians 2:1-11.
 
There is no joy or peace in pride and self-seeking. When we have the submissive mind that Christ had, then we will have His joy and peace.
 
I. THE MIND OF CHRIST WAS A HUMBLE MIND.
 
Exactly what we will and won’t do for God. I believe many of us are hung up on the praise of men addiction. We put invisible lines in our life to keep us from what God wants for us, but we won’t let Him. The humble mind will remove the lines, or not even put them there in the first place. Living for His praise and His alone.
 
Verse 6, God is the only one worthy of reputation and He was willing to take it off. The Creator became the creature on the cross, the greatest act of:
 
A. Love.
B. Obedience.
 
II. JESUS CHRIST HAD AN OBEDIENT MIND.
 
He could easily have let the lines come into His life. Ask yourself this morning. Am I living with a humble or worldly mind? The humble mind says, do what you will with me for your praise and honor and not for my own or any man’s praise.