Hear the full audio of Earthly Examples for Heavenly Citizens”

A sermon on Philippians 3:17-21
23rd Sunday after Trinity, 19 November 2017

The world just loves a good scandal, the chance to take the powerful and prominent down a notch or twelve. Yet people seem to hunger for real, worthy examples. We want and we need real people on whom we can rely and in whom we can trust. In our age, most every word and deed can be caught on camera and rain down from the digital cloud over the whole wide world before we even know it. Who would dare stand and say, “Imitate me, follow my example?” The Lord does provide them by faith, hidden under weakness–kneeling under the weight of the cross of Christ…

“Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

Philippians 3:17-21 (ESV)

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