Dr. Jennifer Blake gives a sermon about the Christian Life, based on Philippians 1:21-30 (link).
*Call to Worship
If we truly live and walk as Christ desires;
then life is a pleasurable journey which leads us to eternity.
If we truly love and believe as Christ desires;
then death is the joyful path which brings us to the Lord.
We are called to live a life of service to others in the name of Jesus; to live for Him and to each other. We are called to die to sin and to one day be gathered together with the Lord.
Let us worship God!
*Prayer of Confession
Dear Lord, sometimes we see life as a difficult challenge that we are unable to handle; but as hard as life may be, we fear death for ourselves and our loved ones. We seek ways to fill our lives with happiness, instead of finding joy that only You can give. We curse death instead of Praising you for eternal life in Your presence. Help us to see life as a gift given to us to learn to grow, to bless and be blessed. Help us to see death as a reward for living a life dedicated to You, to praise the One who saves, for saving us…
*Assurance of Pardon
Jesus knew His life would be difficult and His death would be painful; but in dying He not only escaped His suffering, but He saved us from eternal pain through His forgiveness and the promise of Heaven.
Thanks be to God!
Philippians 1:21-30 (NRSV)
21 For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. 23 I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; 24 but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. 25 Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, 26 so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.
27 Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, 28 and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God’s doing. 29 For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well— 30 since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.