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A FAITHFUL ACCOUNTANT
August 29, 1999
INTRODUCTION: Like most "religious" people today,
Paul had enough morality to keep him out of trouble, but
not enough righteousness to get him into heaven. It was
not the bad things that kept Paul away from Jesus; it was
good things mostly. He had to lose his religion to find
EXAMPLE: Some people say of us, "I heard you found
religion." "No, I lost my religion and found Jesus, or He
This passage speaks so very clearly of a religious man
that opened his accounting books to evaluate his spiritual
wealth only to discover that apart from a personal
relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, through
repentance of sin and faith in Christ's finished work on
the cross, everything he lived for and possessed was
only refuse (dung).
Each of us in light of the Final Accounting before Christ.
2 Cor 5:10, "For we must all appear before the judgment
seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done
in the body, according to what he has done, whether
good or bad." ought to be Faithful Accountants.
This morning, I want us to take a look at our spiritual
ledgers and check our "profit & loss" columns; our
"assets & liabilities." It's time for an audit.
John 5:39-40, "You search the Scriptures, for in them you
think you have eternal life; and these are they which
testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that
you may have life."
I. WORDS OF CAUTION. 1-3
"finally" -- a transition point; not a conclusion; 44 verses
"not tedious" -- of detaining a person unnecessarily; to
"for you it is safe" -- a safeguard to protect the Philippians
from succumbing to the false teachers.
A. CONTEXT OF REJOICING. 1
"Rejoice in the Lord" -- signifies the context in which the
believer's joy exists; it is a context unrelated to the
circumstances of life. It is related to an unchan ...
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