by Jerry Vines

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Live like You're Dying (7 of 21)
Series: Joy Book
Jerry Vines
Philippians 1:27-30

As you know, I have been at the Southern Baptist Convention this week in Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville is the country music capital of the world. As you walk around the city of Nashville, you have many reminders of great country singers through the years. We think in the early years of Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff and Patsy Cline. Then we think in other years of people like Kenny Rogers and Reba McEntire and other singers.

But today you have a different group of country singers in Nashville. Today you have your Gretchen Wilsons and your Keith Urbans and your Kenny Chesneys and you have also your Tim McGraw.

Many of you may know that Tim McGraw has a connection with the city of Jacksonville. He had a song that he recorded and wrote this year which became the song of the year in country music. The title of the song is "Live like You Were Dying."

I really don't know what the lyrics of the song are. I don't know if I would agree with what he has to say or doesn't say in the song. But I really do like that title, "Live like You Were Dying."

Think about that this morning. In fact, that really is what the Apostle Paul is talking about in this section we are studying. For instance, notice in verse 20 that he says, "Whether it be by life or by death."

Notice that he touches on it again in verse 21. He says, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." To live and to die, the two possible circumstances.

In this first chapter, the Apostle Paul gives us three particular pictures of life. He is talking about how we are to live like we were dying as Christian believers. In the opening part of the chapter, in verse 5, you will notice that he says that he is thankful for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now. The picture there is of the Christian life as being a son sharing the fellowship of the gospel.

You and I are so ...

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