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Imitating the Father
Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11
Track 3 of 4 in the Transforming Story: Getting the Message Out series
Running time: 34 minutes, 24 seconds.

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Chuck Sackett Speaker: Chuck Sackett
Dr. G. Charles Sackett is minister of Madison Park Christian Church.

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"Whatever It Takes"

Have "this" mind in you. What mind? The mind identified in Philippians 2:1-4 is a mind committed to the kingdom of God. It is a mind determinded to do whatever it takes to maintain the unity of the church, the purposes of God, the welfare of God's people.

Jesus (vs. 5-11) is the first model of one committed to God's purposes. He willingly gave up everything, including equality with God. Nothing would keep Him from doing what advanced the kingdom, what served the purpose of God, what secured the eternal welfare of God's people.

Paul is the second model (vs 12-18). He identifies himself as a drink offering. It was a small jar of wine poured over the larger sacrifice of others. It was a mark of humility. It was totally used up in an act of giving. People sold out to God's purposes willingly pour themselves out and use themselves up for the sake of others.

The third model is Timothy (vs 19-24). Paul identifies him as the only one who "sought the welfare of others." He was willing to put others ahead of himself in every situation.

Epaphroditus is model four (vs 25-30). He risked his life for the sake of other people. He put his whole life on the line for God's people and God's purpose.

That's the nature of commitment. Real commitment to Christ means nothing is sacred except obedience to Him. All things matter, but nothing matters like He matters. Everything and everyone takes second place to advancing the purposes of God.

Three sermons on stewardship. All of them found in the context of "telling the story." Each sermon reminding us that advancing the gospel is our highest priority. Each of them painting a picture of what it takes for the gospel to go forward. Each indicating our commitment to do whatever it takes to see God's purposes fulfilled.

God doesn't need us to advance the gospel; yet He chooses to use us. He doesn't need our resources; yet He allows our generosity to further the gospel. Any congregation can only carry out the ministry it can afford. What Christians choose to give determines what congregations are able to accomplish.