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Extending the Kingdom (37 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Kingdom
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Jesus taught His followers to pray that the Kingdom would come on Earth as it is in Heaven, and then He enabled the Kingdom to come! This week, we will explore our part in bringing Heaven to Earth.
Main Scripture: Philippians 3:1-14
EQUIP: Vision for expanding the Kingdom
Teaching Point 1: Christ is of surpassing and unimaginable worth.
More of Jesus is worth any cost we might need to pay (PHILIPPIANS 3:8). His plans for the Earth will change our reasoning and values forever.
The apostle Paul used to live for his identity, his country, his heritage, his title, and his good works. ''I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin - a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law'' (PHILIPPIANS 3:5).
All of us long to be valued, honored, and loved, both by God and people. Paul learned that trying to gain value through good works was worthless. Living his life in this way wasn't getting him the love and value he desperately needed.
After adding up all the things that used to make him feel valuable, Paul realized all of it was garbage and threw everything away. ''Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ'' (PHILIPPIANS 3:8).
Following Jesus requires a daily choice to die to ourselves and live life on God's terms and timing. ''If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it (LUKE 9:23-24).
A revelation of the worth of knowing Jesus change ...
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