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Worship Service: 12.22.2013 – Pastor Larry Schreiner

God’s Not Finished
(Philippians 1:3-7 NLT)

“3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy,5 for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.7 So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News.”

When I was about seven years old, my folks began building their first home. I was so excited when Dad told me he was taking me to see our new home, but my excitement slowly turned to puzzlement. Our house had no windows or doors. The basement could be seen through the big gaps in the floor, and we had to climb a ladder to get down there and up to the second floor. That night I asked my dad why he wanted our family to live in a house without windows or doors. He explained that the builder had not yet finished our home. Then, with a big smile on his face he said, “Just wait and see what it looks like when all the work on our new home is completed. Sure enough, the house began to change as the doors and windows were installed, a floor covered the basement and staircases were added. The walls were painted and we moved into our new home. It had taken some time but finally it was finished.

Just like my new home took time to finish, that is how you need to view God’s work in your life. Your Heavenly Father has not completed His work in and through you. I believe we are to accept verse 6 as a promise from God. “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
So what is required of you for God’s promise to be fulfilled? First, you must be confident! Confident that if God said it, then it is true and what He promised will happen! This alone should cause you to be excited every time you open God’s Word. For it is filled with His promises. Promises you can accept with confidence that He will keep. Second, you must examine the evidence! Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? If your answer is YES then God has begun a good work in you. May I suggest that in your quiet time you review the things God has completed in and through you. This is the evidence of His past work in you. Third, accept as fact that God will complete His work within you. How long will this take? You will complete God’s work by the time you draw your last breath on this earth or Jesus returns. This means that God sees you as a valuable servant everyday of your life until He calls you home. Paul provides a perfect example for he is in chains in a prison when he writes this letter of encouragement to the Philippians. God can even enable believers on their deathbeds to bring a doctor or nurse the Good News of God’s grace and salvation.

Jesus wants you and me to be sowers and reapers.
34 Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.35 You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.36 The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! John 4:34-36 (NLT)

Where are these fields ready for harvest? Jesus tells you to lift up your eyes and look. This means that you and I must lift our eyes up from the things that satisfy us and see the things that satisfy Jesus. Members of your family, your co-workers, all the people surrounding your life have needs that only Jesus can satisfy. As an example of the field surrounding your life today, let me give you So what is required of you for God’s promise to be fulfilled? First, you must be confident! Confident that if God said it, then it is true and what He promised will happen! This alone should cause you to be excited every time you open God’s Word. For it is filled with His promises. Promises you can accept with confidence that He will keep. Second, you must examine the evidence! Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? If your answer is YES then God has begun a good work in you. May I suggest that in your quiet time you review the things God has completed in and through you. This is the evidence of His past work in you. Third, accept as fact that God will complete His work within you. How long will this take? You will complete God’s work by the time you draw your last breath on this earth or Jesus returns. This means that God sees you as a valuable servant everyday of your life until He calls you home. Paul provides a perfect example for he is in chains in a prison when he writes this letter of encouragement to the Philippians. God can even enable believers on their deathbeds to bring a doctor or nurse the Good News of God’s grace and salvation.

Jesus wants you and me to be sowers and reapers.
34 Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.35 You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.36 The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! John 4:34-36 (NLT)

Where are these fields ready for harvest? Jesus tells you to lift up your eyes and look. This means that you and I must lift our eyes up from the things that satisfy us and see the things that satisfy Jesus. Members of your family, your co-workers, all the people surrounding your life have needs that only Jesus can satisfy. As an example of the field surrounding your life today, let me give you So what is required of you for God’s promise to be fulfilled? First, you must be confident! Confident that if God said it, then it is true and what He promised will happen! This alone should cause you to be excited every time you open God’s Word. For it is filled with His promises. Promises you can accept with confidence that He will keep. Second, you must examine the evidence! Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? If your answer is YES then God has begun a good work in you. May I suggest that in your quiet time you review the things God has completed in and through you. This is the evidence of His past work in you. Third, accept as fact that God will complete His work within you. How long will this take? You will complete God’s work by the time you draw your last breath on this earth or Jesus returns. This means that God sees you as a valuable servant everyday of your life until He calls you home. Paul provides a perfect example for he is in chains in a prison when he writes this letter of encouragement to the Philippians. God can even enable believers on their deathbeds to bring a doctor or nurse the Good News of God’s grace and salvation.

Jesus wants you and me to be sowers and reapers.
34 Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.35 You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.36 The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! John 4:34-36 (NLT)

Where are these fields ready for harvest? Jesus tells you to lift up your eyes and look. This means that you and I must lift our eyes up from the things that satisfy us and see the things that satisfy Jesus. Members of your family, your co-workers, all the people surrounding your life have needs that only Jesus can satisfy. As an example of the field surrounding your life today, let me give you some facts from a Child Evangelism Fellowship newsletter I recently received. The largest generation in America is called The Millennial Generation 1980 and 2000. It is the largest and least-religious generation in American history that is making its impact on our country. 65% cohabit before marriage. Only 13% view religion as important. 65% never or rarely attend church. 60% say same sex marriage is ok.

This reminds me of what we are called to do. That is, intentionally interjecting God’s grace into a situation where some undeserving soul needs a chance to receive God’s gift of grace and mercy. You accomplish this by sharing Christ’s love with someone in desperate need of love; by being the hands of Jesus lifting a weary friend ready to give up on life; or by bringing God’s peace to a confusing and chaotic situation. The psalmist reminds us, “We have the high and holy privilege of declaring, His glory among the nations, and His wonders among all peoples.” Psalms 96:3 (NKJV)

As followers of Christ, we are called to be witnesses of what Jesus has done in us and for us. To point people to Christ, you don’t need to be able to explain every theological issue or have the answers to every question. What you must do is explain what you have witnessed in your own life through the salvation Jesus bought for you on the cross. The best news is that you do not have to be a witness on your own. Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NLT) As you rely on the Spirit’s power, you can point the lost, destined for Hell, to their redeeming Savior, Jesus. Your testimony is what Jesus has done for you and can do for others.

God isn’t finished with you because you are still here.
This is why you must be about the work that is incomplete within you.
some facts from a Child Evangelism Fellowship newsletter I recently received. The largest generation in America is called The Millennial Generation 1980 and 2000. It is the largest and least-religious generation in American history that is making its impact on our country. 65% cohabit before marriage. Only 13% view religion as important. 65% never or rarely attend church. 60% say same sex marriage is ok.

This reminds me of what we are called to do. That is, intentionally interjecting God’s grace into a situation where some undeserving soul needs a chance to receive God’s gift of grace and mercy. You accomplish this by sharing Christ’s love with someone in desperate need of love; by being the hands of Jesus lifting a weary friend ready to give up on life; or by bringing God’s peace to a confusing and chaotic situation. The psalmist reminds us, “We have the high and holy privilege of declaring, His glory among the nations, and His wonders among all peoples.” Psalms 96:3 (NKJV)

As followers of Christ, we are called to be witnesses of what Jesus has done in us and for us. To point people to Christ, you don’t need to be able to explain every theological issue or have the answers to every question. What you must do is explain what you have witnessed in your own life through the salvation Jesus bought for you on the cross. The best news is that you do not have to be a witness on your own. Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NLT) As you rely on the Spirit’s power, you can point the lost, destined for Hell, to their redeeming Savior, Jesus. Your testimony is what Jesus has done for you and can do for others.

God isn’t finished with you because you are still here.
This is why you must be about the work that is incomplete within you.
some facts from a Child Evangelism Fellowship newsletter I recently received. The largest generation in America is called The Millennial Generation 1980 and 2000. It is the largest and least-religious generation in American history that is making its impact on our country. 65% cohabit before marriage. Only 13% view religion as important. 65% never or rarely attend church. 60% say same sex marriage is ok.

This reminds me of what we are called to do. That is, intentionally interjecting God’s grace into a situation where some undeserving soul needs a chance to receive God’s gift of grace and mercy. You accomplish this by sharing Christ’s love with someone in desperate need of love; by being the hands of Jesus lifting a weary friend ready to give up on life; or by bringing God’s peace to a confusing and chaotic situation. The psalmist reminds us, “We have the high and holy privilege of declaring, His glory among the nations, and His wonders among all peoples.” Psalms 96:3 (NKJV)

As followers of Christ, we are called to be witnesses of what Jesus has done in us and for us. To point people to Christ, you don’t need to be able to explain every theological issue or have the answers to every question. What you must do is explain what you have witnessed in your own life through the salvation Jesus bought for you on the cross. The best news is that you do not have to be a witness on your own. Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NLT) As you rely on the Spirit’s power, you can point the lost, destined for Hell, to their redeeming Savior, Jesus. Your testimony is what Jesus has done for you and can do for others.

God isn’t finished with you because you are still here.
This is why you must be about the work that is incomplete within you.


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