The Characteristics of the Saint (2 of 15) by Jerry Branch

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The Characteristics of the Saint (2 of 15)
Series: Disciple-Life: A Life of Joy and Happiness in Christ
Gerald Branch
Philippians 1:1-7
05-02-2010


The Characteristics Of The Saint
1) a partaker of the grace of God
2) one who is "being"…living 'as holy vessels'
3) one who is "in" Christ
Copyright © 2010, Gerald D. Branch
Text: Philippians 1:1-7

"Philippians 1:1-7 (NIV) 1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me. "
This morning, as we continue into the letter to the Philippians,
we're going to look at how some of the characteristics of
the saint…the Christian, actually point us to experiencing a life of
JOY and Happiness in Jesus Christ.

Remember first, the two key words that Paul uses here
in Philippians 1 to describe what we as Christians receive from God…
Paul reminds us that it is GOD Who gives us Joy and Happiness…
real joy and happiness come NOT from our situations,
or NOT from how rich we may be,
and certainly NOT from what others may say or do to
boost our egos…
instead, REAL happiness and Joy come from God
as He pours out His GRACE and PEACE.
So, as followers of Jesus, we need to understand and accept that
true Grace and Peace come ONLY FROM God,
and not from life's circumstances or anything else.
And as we also saw last week, GRACE and ...


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