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SCRIPTURE TEXT: Philippians 3:10 (NIV)

     I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

 INTRO: Martin Luther Kings Jr. had a dream.

   Our dream is what gives our lives purpose and direction.

    Without a dream we are domed to live in a world without purpose or meaning. 

   There is a vast difference between wishful thinking and a dream.

    Wishful thinking will sit and wait for it to come to them, a dream will put forth effort and commitment to fulfill the dream.

   We often have a dream for the things of this world. 

  • Education

Number 1 on the door

  • Home

  • Marriage & Family

  • Career

  • Financial security

  • Retirement

NOTE: All these a good but what about your spiritual dreams? 

   Every true Believer should have a spiritual dream. 

   What is your spiritual dream? 


Philippians 3:9-10 (NIV) and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.  I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,  

NOTE: Paul’s dream was to be clothed in the righteousness of Christ (Christ’s Holiness). 

   There were three aspects of Paul’s dream: 

  1. He wanted to know Christ and the power of His resurrection.

    What does it mean to KNOW CHRIST? 

    • Do you know Christ’s attributes

    • Do you know Christ’s thoughts (Word)

    • Do you know Christ’s will

   This knowledge can only come through a close, personal relationship with Christ. 

   What does it mean to know the power of Christ’s resurrection? 

Romans 8:11 (NIV) And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

   It is only the power of the Holy Spirit that enables us to live a victorious Christian life. 

  1. He wanted to share Christ suffering.

NOTE: What does it mean to share Christ suffering? 

Hebrews 5:8 (NIV) Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered

   Obedience brought about Christ’s suffering on the cross. 

   When we are obedient to God we will often experience suffering by the cross we are to carry.

 Matthew 10:38 (KJV) And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

   Suffering for Christ involves the giving up of our own desires and yielding to His.

 Mark 8:34 (NLT) Then he called his disciples and the crowds to come over and listen. "If any of you wants to be my follower," he told them, "you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me.  

  1. He wanted to be like Christ in His death.

NOTE: What does it mean to be like Christ in His death? 

Romans 6:3-7 (NLT) Or have you forgotten that when we became Christians and were baptized to become one with Christ Jesus, we died with him?  For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.  Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised as he was.  Our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.

   Paul wanted to live a life free from the power of sin. 

Romans 6:11-14 (NLT) So you should consider yourselves dead to sin and able to live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus.  Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to its lustful desires.  Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God.  Sin is no longer your master, for you are no longer subject to the law, which enslaves you to sin. Instead, you are free by God's grace. 

NOTE: Is your dream to live a holy life, to be like Jesus? 

   We cannot do this alone we must submit our lives to Christ and allow Him to direct our steps and give us the strength, through the Holy Spirit to become like Jesus. 

CONCLUSION: The Story of Rick Hoyt completing the Ironman Triathlon.  (Our Daily Bread Aug. 30, 2011)


SEPTEMBER 11, 2011 



SCRIPTURE TEXT: Proverbs 22:6 (NLT) 

    Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it.

 INTRO: Today we are celebrating the birth and life of Riley Sophia Nederlander. 

   It is a time for rejoicing and celebration, yet it is also a time for serious reflection. 

   God’s Word tells us that children have been given to us by God. 

Psalm 127:3 (NLT) Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.  

   Each child is a gift from God. 

   There are two things that lend to the value of the gift we receive and how we treat that gift: 

1.    The gift itself.

2.    The person who gives the gift to us. 

   How we treat our children is a reflection on how much we value them, and how must we love and respect the One Who gave them to us. 

   Jesus placed a high value on children. 

Mark 10:13-16 (NLT) One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch them and bless them, but the disciples told them not to bother him.  But when Jesus saw what was happening, he was very displeased with his disciples. He said to them, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  I assure you, anyone who doesn't have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God."  Then he took the children into his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them. 

NOTE: Because God has placed such a high value on children we need to stop and consider the responsibilities that come with raising children. 

   These responsibilities are not only to the parents but they are also to the Church. 

   If we see out children as a gift from God these responsibilities will not be difficult. 

1 John 5:3 (KJV) For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.  


   The guideline for the kind of love we are to have is found in the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians. 

   If we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, surely we are to love our children as ourselves. 

   Our love for our children is to be like God’s love for us, sacrificial. 

   We put the needs of our children before our wants. 


Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.


Deuteronomy 4:9 (KJV) Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;  

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (KJV) And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  

   The Word of God is like a seed that is planted in the hearts of the children, in time it will produce its results. 

Isaiah 55:11 (KJV) So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

·         The responsibility of the Church (Sunday School). 

Deuteronomy 31:12-13 (KJV) Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: and that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.  

·         Children are never too young to learn 

Luke 18:15-17 (KJV) And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.  But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.  Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

 Isaiah 28:9 (KJV) Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.  

John 21:15 (KJV) So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.


NOTE: Our actions speak much louder than our words. 

   Solomon spoke great words but was a poor example. 

John 13:15 (KJV) For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.  

2 Timothy 1:5 (KJV) When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.  

1 Timothy 4:12 (KJV) Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.  

CONCLUSION: As God blesses us with children let us accept them as a gift from God and seek to love and teach them of God grace. 

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