UPCOMING MESSAGES



November 2
THE GOOD STUFF
For Christ's Sake
That phrase is usually heard as an expletive, but Paul took it seriously. If we belong to Jesus as our King, it changes how we approach life. Now we know it isn't what we are interested in–what our agenda is–but what Jesus' is interested in that is important. When we know that, the phrase changes and we actually live "for Christ's sake", and Paul gives two examples of men who live this way.

November 9
THE GOOD STUFF
Credentials
Our society–and often people in the church itself–values being "good". That usually means thinking "I'm good enough". But the reality is, none of us has anything to brag about–our credentials don't impress God. Our "righteousness" is an illusion. No one is good, much less good enough–except Jesus. The amazing thing is, he "gives", us his righteousness!

November 16
THE GOOD STUFF
Citizenship
Paul was a Jew–and a leading Pharisee at that. He was also a Roman–holding a citizenship that literally saved his life on several occasions. Paul used these credentials when they helped further the gospel, but his real prize was his citizenship in heaven. He understood what that meant, and was willing to rid himself of anything that would keep him from living as a citizen of God's Kingdom.

November 23
THE GOOD STUFF
Joy Together
We know a lot about happiness–at least, about trying to be happy. We think we deserve it. We recognize each other's right to have it. We spend our lives chasing happiness. But happiness doesn't last. Joy does. There is a big difference, and Paul tells us how to have the real thing.

November 30
THE GOOD STUFF
How Do You Say Good-bye?
Paul closes his letter with class and love, thanking the Philippians for their contribution to his life and work, and making sure they know how important they are to him. It is a reminder to us that the people God gives us as friends, co-workers and brothers and sisters in the Lord are important–and so is how we talk to them.
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