How to Live Biblically: Part 3 of Maintaining Joy
As cultural trends and ideologies rapidly shift around us, it can be difficult to know how to live biblically. However, Paul lays out some basic principles in his letter to the Philippians which are applicable even today.
In our previous sermons, we have examined the importance of right praying and right thinking. Those two concepts, when taken into the mind and heart, will generally result in right living and a right attitude. In short, praying, thinking, and living right is a result of being led by the right Spirit. Paul put it this way:
“Not that I speak from want for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am”Philippians 4:11
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The Centrality of the Cross
“On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shame,” so goes the song, “The Old Rugged Cross.” Those of us who have been alive for a while can remember when that song was sung at least once a month. When churches met together to sing, this song was always sung by the combined voices of Christians regardless of their stand on baptism, or millennialism, or denominational affiliation. The song continues from above saying, “…And I love that old cross where the dearest and best for a world of lost sinners was slain.
The depth of the meaning of “The Old Rugged Cross” continues to draw me closer to the Lord and to respect the great sacrifice He made for me. The cross is just a symbol, a symbol of death and a symbol of life. It is a symbol of victory and a symbol of cruelty. It is a symbol of my sanctification, forgiveness and pardon.
The cross is really the focal point of history. For example, it is at the cross that relationships change between the Father and us. Also, it is at the cross where grace and mercy flows mingled with the blood of Jesus. Moreover, it is at the cross where the glory of God is visible in its fullest.
In a few weeks we will begin a series of sermons based upon the symbol of the cross culminating on Easter Sunday April 12, 2020. During these upcoming sermons, we will sing some of the old standard songs about the cross and Jesus. Additionally, we will intersperse those with some of the more contemporary spiritual songs on what the cross meant to a first century world and what the cross means today. Please be praying for this series of sermons. Invite your friends who may not know about the hope we have because of Jesus and why He seeks our souls, our lives and our all.
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