People Will NOT Follow Dead, Dull, Disillusioned, Frustrated, Daggum Crybabies How to Be a Joy to Those Around You in ALL Situations
Attitude is Everything! • Paul is writing from prison. • Nero had already condemned Paul to death. • Paul spent his time in prison encouraging those who were free. • Paul teaches us our inner attitude doesn’t have to reflect our outer circumstances.
Philippians 4 : 4-6 • Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again; Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.
Philippians 4 : 8-9 • Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me —put it into practice.
Tough Times If Paul had never been jailed we would be missing a major portion of the new testament.
Philippians 4 : 11-13 • …I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty of in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
How Do You Do That? Focus on your Purpose, not your Problems
Purpose Overrides Pain • Pregnancy pain is bad, but every mother will tell you the purpose of going through the pain (having a child) is worth it. • Since his purpose was to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, Paul just saw the new opportunities while he was in jail to share his faith with a new group and write more letters to the church. • What is your purpose in PFS?
Who • My kids. • My wife. • My parents. • My neighbors. • My friends. • My church. • Everyone else. I want to change the world!!
No Ego • Philippians 2 : 5 “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus; who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, and being made in human likeness.” • An RVP should be the servant leader of his team.
Pray • Philippians 4:6 • Do not be anxious in anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present you requests to God.
Pursuit of Your Purpose • Philippians 3:13 “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” • Paul was about 67 years old and about to have his head cut off! He is still focused the future!
Peers • Philippians 3:17 “Join with others in following my example, and take note of those wholiveaccording tothe pattern we gave you.” • Watch who you hang around. Stay close to those who have good attitudes and work. Avoid the gripers and complainers.
Roman Road • Romans 3:10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one”
3:23 • Romans 3:23 • “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
5:8 • Romans 5:8 • “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
6:23 • Romans 6:23 • “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
10:9-10 • Romans 10:9-10 • That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.