Expository Preaching
J. Michael Shannon and Robert C. Shannon
(c)opyright J. Michael Shannon, 1982
LIVE WITH INSIGHT
"A New Vision"
Philippians 3:2-11

Introduction:  Sight and insight are not the same.  Insight looks beyond the immediate, looks beneath the surface, looks into the heart.

Proposition:  Understanding Christ is essential to understanding the Christian religion and to understanding life itself.

  I. INSIGHT INTO THE VALUE OF CHRIST, vs. 7, 8

A.  What was profit is now loss.
B.  What was treasure is now trash.
C.  What was great is now garbage.
 II. INSIGHT INTO THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST, v.9
A.  A righteousness which can be imparted
B.  A righteousness whose foundation is faith
III. INSIGHT INTO THE POWER OF CHRIST, v. 10
A. Really to know Christ, you must understand His resurrection
B.  That same power is at work today.
 IV. INSIGHT INTO THE SUFFERING OF CHRIST, v. 10
A.  In suffering, Christ abides with us.
B.  In suffering, Christ teaches us.
C.  In suffering, Christ blesses us.
Conclusion:  The power for conversion is resurrection power.

    Did you ever know anyone with double vision?  It is most disconcerting.  Spiritually, though, we all need double vision.  We must see God and man, Heaven and earth, the present and the future.  We must look to God for our inspiration; and we must look about us for the work we need to do.
 

    Someone wrote, "If you have a well-developed sense of humor, you will find the world full of absurdities.  If you are a realist, you will find it a world of cold, hard facts.  If you are a money maker, you will find it a world of opportunities.  If you are a pessimist, you will find it just a climb up a sand dune.  And if you are a poet, you will find it a realm of inspiration."
 

    In Tarpon Springs, Florida, Greek Christians gather each year at Epiphany for a festival seen nowhere else in the United States.  The archbishop of the Orthodox Church throws a gold cross into the waters of Spring Bayou.  Young men dive for it.  The one who finds it is supposed to receive good luck throughout the coming year.  One year, reporters interviewed the boy who recovered the cross the previous year.  "Did you have any good luck?" they asked.  "Well - well," hesitated the boy, "I didn t have any bad luck!"
 

    A reproduction of a very old and famous clock carries this line: "Lord, through this hour be thou our guide; so by thy power no foot shall slide."  What insight Christ gives us into temptation.  How He enables us to see the snares laid for our souls!
 

    A famous photographer said he always took his camera when the family went on vacation.  They teased him about looking at the world through a view finder.  One year, he dropped his camera in the water the first day out.  The family said it was their best vacation ever.  He said, "For the first time, I saw the world in a larger view than that of a camera."
 

    The most famous clock in the world is London's Big Ben.  It stands by the House of Parliament and towers above Westminster Abbey.  It is a familiar landmark to everyone.  The chimes of Big Ben play the tune of a hymn.  The hymn is "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth"!
 

    Visitors to the Holy Land enjoy seeing the ancient cathedrals; but they are also impressed by some of the newer churches.  One of these is the lovely Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth.  There is hardly a picture of the city without it.  The spire is a representation of a light house, for Jesus is the Light of the world!
 

    All of the skyscrapers in New York City were built by Indians!  Yes, Mohawk Indians are native to New York State.  They are famed for their cat-like ability to scamper across girders.  They are totally indifferent to heights.  It seems to be a genetic trait.  In 1714, a writer spoke of it.  In 1886, they built the bridge that spans the St. Lawrence River.  They were the riveters of the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center.  Some people are uncomfortable in such high places, but the Mohawk Indians seem right at home.  Spiritual heights are uncomfortable for some.  They want to live in the lowlands of life.  Christ keeps calling us to higher ground.  As we learn to live in the rarefied air of spiritual heights in this life, we prepare ourselves for the climate of Heaven.
    Lord, lift me up and let me stand
    By faith on Heaven's tableland.
    A higher plane than I have found
    Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.


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