January 18, 2004pm    Have You Seen The Stars?    Phil. 2:1-15

By Ronald E. George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

 

Here are some earthly Stars:   Brittney Spears, Ashton Kutcher, J-Lo, Beyonce, Nellie, 50-cent, MandM, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Anisten, Michelle Wie,  Chingy, Christina Aguilera, Keyanu Reeves, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Arnold Swartzeneger, Tom Cruz, Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan,  Moriah Carey,  Snoop doggie dog,  Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Amos Zereque, or your favorite? We live in a world of darkness that is filled with the stars of the night????

1.  Glorified by people for their accomplishments...  Magic Johnson?

2.  Looked up to as Heroes of the world.

3.  Brag on their accomplishments.. 

4.  Lift themselves up to others...

5.  Exemplify what the world deems as important:  They have all been successful and many times are very wealthy...

6.  Must be successful to be a star in the eyes of the world..

 

Phil 2:1  If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature {[7] Or the form}of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. 14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe

 

Key Verse is 15.  See the stars shining in the darkness. Paul writes to the Philippians’ church so that they won't be distracted, divided, dissatisfied, discontented, or discouraged, but that they may become God's "stars." 

 

II. God's Superstar: (v.5-11) Jesus Superstar or Supernova....!  The one and only son of God  the True Superstar:::

 

1.  Very God Himself   v.6John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

2.  Very Man Himself  V.7

John 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.   

 

3.  Humbled Himself  and obeyed God to the death, even a cross   v.8

Gala 3:13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree:

 

4.       He died so that others may live..

 

5.  His humiliation led to His exaltation..v.9-11 and the restoration of His rightful position...  He is the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings and He will be recognized as such in the right time...

 

III.  Heavenly Stars on Earth. (v.5,12-15)

1.  Have the same mind of Christ: v.5     

Roma 15:5  Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:     Shine in your humility before God and each other. 

 

2. Be Obedient to God so that your salvation may be complete in your work..v.12

Don't Quit in your faith that is shown and seen by your work..but Shine in your life of work  for Christ.

 

3. Remember Who works in you to make you pleasing to God..Holy Spirit..v.13  Shine in the power of God.. Must stay connected to Him ...

  “In one of his booklets, Adrian Rogers tells of some gold prospectors who discovered an exceptionally rich mine.  One of them said, "Hey, we've got it made as long as we don't tell anybody else before we stake our claims."  So they each vowed to keep the secret.

   Because they had to have more tools and provisions, they headed for town.  After buying all the supplies they needed, they hurried back to the mine site.  But they weren't alone.  A crowd of people followed them because their discovery was written all over their faces.

   What happens on the inside shows on the outside.  Joyful Christians with the light of God on their faces are needed in the darkness of this world.”   From Bible Illustrator.

 

4.  Keep Straight and pure so that people will have no problem recognizing who lives in you.v.15 Shine as the stars in the universe..Mat. 5:14-16

 

  In a tenement district in New York City, a boy in ragged clothes was seen with a small piece of broken mirror in his hand. Holding it high in the air he moved it slowly back and forth, watching the narrow slit of a window above him as he did so. "What are you doing?" a man suddenly demanded as he shook the youngster roughly by the shoulder. "Like most boys in this neighborhood, you're probably up to some mischief, aren't you?" The boy looked up into the stern face of his accuser and said, "See that window up there?  Well, I have a little brother who has a room on that floor.  He's a cripple.  The only sunlight he ever sees is what I shine up to him with my mirror!"

Do we reflect the light of the Son so that someone in darkness may see?  From Bible Illustrator.       

As the stars guided the ancient mariners so our lives guide the lives of those who depend on us to find their way to the true Super Star.....Which way are they being led?