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How to Make Life Count (17 of 20)
Series: STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY: PHILIPPIANS
Dr. Chuck McAlister
(A) Series ....Strength For the Journey (The Journey of Life) ....Study the book of Philippians.
1- The Bible says ....Neh. 8:10 "the joy of the Lord is your strength."
2- Paul was strong in the journey of life ....because he knew the joy of the Lord.
....A joy that comes directly from our personal relationship with Jesus.
3- Paul shows us what the joy of Jesus gives us:
a- Chapter 1 ....The Purpose in Life.
b- Chapter 2 ....The Pattern for Life.
c- Chapter 3 ....The Passion for Life.
4- Paul is passionate about ....Living Life Without Rules (Vs.1-3) ....Living Life With all Heart (Vs. 3-7) ....Knowing God (Vs. 8-11).
5- And He is also very passionate about Making Life Count (Vs.12-14).
a- Today ....study one of the driving passions of Paul's life -- HOW TO MAKE LIFE COUNT.
b- Paul uses as his backdrop something that many people in Paul's day and our day are very passionate about ....the world of sports....
c- Paul uses the example of an athletic contest.
6- Paul's day -- 3 great sporting events in Greece ....staggered at different times in the year so all athletes who wanted to could participate:
a- Olympian Games ....at Mount Olympus ....gave birth to our Olympic games.
b- Isthmian Games ....at Corinth.
c- Pythian Games ....at Delphi.
7- Every major city had its stadium -- some were 6 times the length of a football field ....athletic contests were the entertainment of the day.
8- Athletes were the heroes of the day (sound familiar) ....The most famous runners ....had statues made in their honor ....were given exorbitant salaries ....special privileges ....free gifts.
-- Cicero (Roman historian) ...."It is absurd that these athletes get so much money and the great servants of society are paid so little."
* With that as Paul's back drop ....Paul tells us HOW TO MAKE LIFE COU ...
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