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Does Your Light Shine

DOES YOUR LIGHT SHINE?

PHILIPPIANS 2:12-18

INTRODUCTION:

            A.        Jesus told His disciples; Matthew 7:14-16

                        1.         The word of God shines for and in His people; Psalm 119:105

                        2.         Paul wrote; II Corinthians 4:5-7

            B.         The brethren at Philippi were told to “shine as lights in the world”;

                        Philippians 2:15

                        1.         Sin is a reality in our modern world; Galatians 5:19-21

                        2.         The light of the righteous is designed to overcome , not embrace                                                   sin; Galatians 5:24-25

            C.         Our lesson “Does Your Light Shine?”

 

I.          FOR YOUR LIGHT TO SHINE COMMITMENT IS NECESSARY:  Romans 7:4

           A.        Commitment means giving oneself fully to God; Galatians 3:27

                        1.         One’s life is to be committed; Matthew 16:25

                        2.         A life committed in living to Christ; Philippians 2:21

                        3.         Paul wrote; Romans 12:1

            B.         True commitment holds nothing back for selfish purposes; I Corinthians 6:19-20

            C.         Commitment means that one lives for God and lets God live through him;

                        II Corinthians 5:14-15

            D.        The life of a Christian is a blank check written to God; Galatians 2:20

 

II.         ONE WHO IS COMMITTED WILL KEEP HIS LIGHT SHINING:  Ephesians 4:1

           A.        Through meditation, study and devotion; Psalm 1:1-2

            B.         Through worship and praise; Revelation 4:11

            C.         Through his daily life; Colossians 3:12-15

            D.        The light of God is seen through holy living; Ephesians 4:22-24

 

III.       “DOES YOUR LIGHT SHINE:”

            A.        In your home life?  Ephesians 5:21-6:4 (Read 5:22, 25, 33; 6:4)

            B.         At work and in your neighborhood?  Ephesians 6:5-7

                        1.         Jesus stated; Mathew 19:19

                        2.         Jesus taught; Matthew 7:12

            C.         Within the church family?  Romans 12:18

                        1.         Paul wrote; Ephesians 4:26

                        2.         Nowhere should the Golden Rule be more important than among God’s                                          people; James 1:19-21

 

CONCLUSION:

            A.        Every Christian is to be a shining light; Philippians 2:15

            B.         To be a shining light one has to allow God to work in his life; Philippians 2:12-13

            C.         “Does Your Light Shine?””