God's Forever Family
Philippians 1:1-7; 2:1; 3:10; Acts 16
You know, the early church lived in the anticipation of the soon coming of our lord and savior, Jesus Christ. Not only the soon coming, but the imminent coming; that means ''the any moment coming'' of our lord and savior, Jesus Christ. Take God's word, open it up to the book of Philippians. Do you ow', do you get Philippians, and Galatians, and Ephesians, and Colossians all mixed up, and don't know which is which? General electric power company. O.k.? Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, alright? That'll help you.
Alright, now, find the book of Philippians. The book of Philippians, chapter one. And when you get it open, just look up here, I wanta ask you a question. What would you say that these people have in common: a Jewish philosopher, who hates Christ and the very mention of Christ; a new-ager, who has been deep into the occult; a prison guard, whose heart is filled with malignity and hate against all human kind; and, uh, let's see, who else we'll mix in, a feminist, who is a, perhaps is a widow, perhaps a divorcee, perhaps never married, who has her own business. I'd say, I'd say that's a pretty broad spread of, spectrum of people, wouldn't you? What would you say all of those people had in common? Ah, I tell you what they all had in common: they were all members of the church at Philippi. I'm going to show you. The Jewish philosopher who got saved was the apostle Paul. And, uh, and the, the little, uh, new-ager was a demon possessed girl who was saved by the gospel of Christ. Uh, the jailer, uh, the prison guard was the jailer who was saved in a Philippian revival. Uh, and the, uh, the businesswoman was a woman named Lydia from thyatira, who had a business selling purple dye.
Incredible thing is that the grace of God took people from this divergent background and made them one in the lord Jesus Christ. That's what a church is, dear friend. A church is a family of pe ...
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