Having a Desire to Depart (3 of 15) by Daniel Rodgers

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Having a Desire to Depart (3 of 15)
The Book of Philippians: A Verse by Verse Study
Dan Rodgers
Philippians 1:20-26
3/17/2004


INTRODUCTION:

In our lesson tonight, we see Paul's desire to depart and be with the Lord. Of course, this is the desire of every believer--to one day be with Christ. Any Christian, who is spiritually discerning enough, understands that (other than family) this world has nothing to offer--nothing that would make us want to remain here.

SONG: There's an old country gospel song we used to sing, written and sung by the Carter Family.

I Can't Feel At Home In This World Anymore
This world is not my home, I'm just a-passing through
My treasures and my hopes are all beyond the blue;
Where many Christian children have gone on before,
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore

Oh Lord, You know I have no friend but you
If Heaven's not my home, Oh Lord what would I do?
Angels becoken me to Heaven's open door
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore

Over in glory land there is no dying there
The saints are shouting Victory and singing everywhere
I hear the voice of Nell that I have heard before
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore
Let me give you three points to our outline:
I. Paul's Desire
II. Paul's Dilemma
III. Paul's Dedication

I. PAUL'S DESIRE

To magnify Christ (vs. 20b). Paul said, "whether I live or die--in life or in death, my desire is to magnify Christ." This should be our desire, as well. We have only one life to live--it should be lived in such a way that others will see Christ in us--that we might magnify Him. The Psalmist said, "O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together" (Psalm 34:3).

QUOTE: Henry Ward Beecher once said, "If you want your neighbor to see what Christ will do for him, let him see what Christ has done for you."

More than anything else, Paul desired to lift up the name of Jesus--to magnify him in life and in death...he did both ...


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