The Tension…Heaven Or Serve God Here For Now (6 of 15) by Jerry Branch

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The Tension…Heaven Or Serve God Here For Now (6 of 15)
Series: Disciple-Life: A Life of Joy and Happiness in Christ
Gerald Branch
Phil 1:21-30
05-30-2010 (Memorial Day Sunday)

Choose Jesus! Serve Him where you are (not wanting to jump ship or look for greener grasses in the other field) (24-26)
Keep Worthy (Godly conduct)…gives joy to others (don't give in) (27-28)
yes, you might have to endure hardship…take heart, Matt 28; (v. 29-30)
© 2010, Gerald D. Branch

Philippians 1:21-30 (NIV)
21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me. 27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved-and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.
In this passage we continue to look at the JOY of being a Christian
as seen through the life of the Apostle Paul,
and here Paul introduces something all of us experience…TENSION…
It's obvious that Paul is struggling with this one…
maybe you do also, maybe even in the same way…
So here is Paul, and he i ...

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