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  1. Our Citizenship Philippians 3:18-21

  2. Our citizenship is in heaven.

  3. Philippians 3:18-21

  4. Their end is destruction. • Jesus will come again “in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power” (2 Thess 1:8-9).

  5. Paul describes these enemies: • Their god is the belly—They care about fleshly desires.. • Their glory is in their shame—They were proud about things of which they should have been ashamed. • They mind earthly things—They give no thought to the things of eternity.

  6. Philippians 3:18-21

  7. Roman citizenship was a big deal to Philippians. • “These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, and teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans” (Acts 16:20-21). • Roman males had a great deal of privileges with citizenship, and people would save to buy Roman citizenship.

  8. Philippians 3:18-21

  9. Our citizenship is in heaven.

  10. “Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved” (Phil 4:1). • Two dimensions of standing fast.

  11. One: We stand fast in the face of the enemies of the cross. • We must guard our friendships carefully. • “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals’” (1 Cor15:33, ESV). • Churches cannot shy away from discipline. • “Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” (1 Cor 5:6).

  12. We must stand fast in light of the Second Coming. • We stand fast by refusing to stand still—We must grow. • How do we grow? • We feast on the meat of Scripture. • Heb 5:12-14. • We trust God when we’re tempted. • 1 Cor 10:13. • Spend considerable time in prayer. • “He withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed” (Lk 5:16).

  13. Our citizenship is in heaven. Are you acting like it?