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Making a Lasting Impression (12 of 16)
Series: Joy for the Journey
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
September 30, 2007
Now with our Bibles opened again to Philippians chapter 3 ... for the sake of our families .. for the sake of our fellowship ... for the sake of our fellowman ...for the sake of our friends ... we need to keep in mind that we are an example that somebody is following.
Good or bad ... we're leaving a lasting impression that will either cause somebody to follow Jesus or forsake Jesus. An impression that will either help build a bridge to God or drive a wedge between them and God.
What kind of impression are you making. It's true .. you only have once to make a first impression .. but you have a lifetime to make a lasting impression. And that's what Paul is helping us understand beginning in chapter 3.15.
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Making a Lasting Impression
15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind. 17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame--who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself."
The key verse is verse 17, "Brethren, join in following my example (fellow imitator), and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern."
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