Central Baptist Church
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Morning Worship Sermon

Philippians 4:13
Philippians 4:13 -  “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
          I want to share with you three simple steps to help you live a more fulfilling life. 
          In order for anyone to be successful they must first know exactly what their purpose in life is.  As you come to graduation, the threshold of a new chapter in you life :  “What is your purpose in life?’
          Is it to be a good person?
          Is it to be successful in some career?
          Our lives will be without meaning and failures unless we find out what our purpose and reason for living is.
          The Apostle Paul’s stated purpose for living was :
Philippians 3:10-11 -  “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.”
          Paul's stated purpose was “that I may know Him”
          To know Christ is to know the power of His resurrection.
          The power of the Lord’s resurrection refers to three great things.
1. The power to raise Christ shows that God has the power to conquer all the trials and temptations of life.
          When God exercised the power to raise Christ, He conquered the most powerful trial that faces man—death. And in conquering death, God demonstrated that He has the power to conquer any trial or temptation of man, no matter what it is.
1 Corinthians 10:13 -  “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
          As you face the temptations of life, and you will face them, remember that God has made available the power, through Christ, to overcome them. 
          One of the greatest temptations facing young people today is the scourge of drugs and alcohol.  One of  the leading killers of teenagers today is drug overdose, and it only takes one hit to get you hooked!
          "Well preacher I can handle it, I won't get addicted!"
          Can you handle it?
          "I won't get addicted" is a lie that Satan would have you believe.
          Listen to Paw Paw, every addict in the world made the same statement! 
          I wish everyone of you could go with me on an overdose call, most of which started with marijuana, which led to meth, which led to heroin, which leads to death.
          When you are tempted by drugs or alcohol tell Satan, "Get behind me Satan for my body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit and I will not desecrate it with drugs or alcohol!"
2.  Then the resurrection of Jesus Christ shows that God has the power to give man a new life and the power to live a new life before Him.
          After Jesus Christ had been raised from the dead, He was not living His old life, the life He had before His death. He was a new Man; He had a new life. He had been raised from the dead to live a new life before God forever. He walked before God in newness of life.
2 Corinthians 5:17 -  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Romans 6:4 -  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
          The important thing for you to know today is not what you career will be but that you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  That you have received Him as your personal Lord and Savior.
3. Then the power to raise Christ from the dead shows that God has the power to raise men from the dead.
          The believer shall experience the great resurrection power of God and be resurrected from the dead.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 -  “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and  the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
          To know Christ is to know the fellowship of His sufferings.   
          Most of us are willing to share in the blessings of Christ but we want nothing to do with the sufferings of Christ. We shrink from the ridicule, the questioning and the abuse He had to bear. There is nothing pleasant about suffering pain and having people oppose us. There is nothing wrong with being honest about the fact.
          “fellowship of  His suffering”
          To share in the purpose for which Christ was suffering.
          Why did Christ suffer?
          He suffered because He proclaimed the righteousness and the salvation of God, because He proclaimed the way men could become acceptable to God and live forever.
          Paul was saying that he wanted to suffer right along with Christ, suffer for the same cause—suffer for proclaiming the righteousness and salvation of God.
          There is no question about it: if we live for Christ—proclaim the righteousness and the salvation of God—we shall suffer persecution.         Why?
          Why would the world persecute anyone who brings the hope of eternal life to them? Because some persons want to live their lives like they want, and a righteous life and message condemns them.
          Therefore, they oppose anything that keeps them from living a life that pleases their own personal desires and flesh. The believer must know: he shall suffer persecution if he truly follows Christ.
                Paul summed up his purpose in life – “I want to be like Christ!”
          It’s a grand sight to see a person with a great purpose and then to be dominated by an unwavering aim to fulfill that purpose.
          Then the second step in living a fulfilling life is :
Philippians 3:13 -  “…forgetting those things which are behind,  And reaching forth for those things which are before.”
          Two things about the past we must forget :
1.  Forget the bad
          The Apostle Paul is faced with the choice of dwelling on his mistakes, and let them ruin his ministry or he can forget them and move on with his life.
          Like you, I to have made mistakes, we've all made mistakes, but the Word of God says : 
II Corinthians 5:17 -  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
I John 1:9 -  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
          If God has forgotten – then I too must forget!
          Am I going to believe the Word of God or am I going to listen to the devil as he tries to defeat me?
          I’ve got to forget the past, it’s gone, it cannot hurt me anymore, so forget it and move on.
Isaiah 43:25 -  “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.”
2.  Forget the good
          Many people zero in on one good period in their life – and they spend the rest of their days reliving the past.
          Listen to Paul :
Philippians 3:7 -  “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.”
          Then the third thing we must do in order to live a fulfilling life is :
          I have something for each one of you.  I have a 3X5 card.  What I want you to do is take this card and  go out and fill it out with the rest of your life.