Sunday Sermon // Recipe For Thankfulness :: Live With Purpose

Recipe For Thankfulness // Live With Purpose

[Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, ECC Covington Campus]

And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear. It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. They preach because they love me, for they know I have been appointed to defend the Good News. Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice. For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance. (‭Philippians‬ ‭1‬:‭12-19‬ NLT)

 

Living with purpose is the only way to live.

What is my purpose?

We exist to make disciples who Love God, Love People, and Reach the World.

 

  • Purpose trumps circumstances.

And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear. (‭Philippians‬ ‭1‬:‭12-14‬ NLT)

Jesus forgives sinners!

This is the greatest news in the world. And Paul saw this as his mission/purpose to share that good news with the world.

And being in prison did not stop him from living out his purpose.

Our goal in life shouldn’t be to “retire”..but instead it should be to make disciples.

  • Purpose produces joy.

It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. They preach because they love me, for they know I have been appointed to defend the Good News. Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice. For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance. (‭Philippians‬ ‭1‬:‭15-19‬ NLT)

You may find yourself in bad circumstances, and they are real. We don’t need to deny their real-ness. But all too often we are more concerned with changing our circumstances rather than living and fulfilling our mission/purpose of making disciples.


  • Joy results in thankfulness.

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭16-18‬ NLT)

Living with purpose is the only way to live.

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