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Aug 25, 2019 | Randy Gunter

A MeadowBrook 60th Anniversary Challenge

A MeadowBrook 60th Anniversary Challenge


The beginning message: 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.(Philippians 1:9-11 ESV)

The end:To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.(Philippians 4:20 ESV)

The middle: that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.(Philippians 3:10 ESV)

Bring glory to God by purposing to know him (that I may know him).

We want to know Christ more deeply and more intimately.  We aren’t just studying Christ to have more facts and insights; we purpose to live life in the truths and fullness of Christ. 

Bring glory to God by knowing the power of the resurrection(that I may know… the power of his resurrection).

Glorious living is powerful living; it is living in the power of Christ. There is no greater power demonstrated to humanity than the power of the resurrection, and no greater power shared than resurrection power.

 Bring glory to God by purposing to know the fellowship of his suffering(Imay share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death).

It is not possible to share in the glory of Jesus without sharing in his suffering.  Jesus said: 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:11-12 ESV)

Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you….(John 15:20a ESV)

The Lord promises a sweet fellowship with those who suffer because of their faith in him.

Thirty years ago, MeadowBrook pastor, Dr. Bill Probasco, wrote in a prophetic way about our generation:  “Strong and vital faith will be needed to face the prospects of cataclysmic political upheavals, pluralism and the loss of cultural distinctiveness….”  His words are correct, and as we experience more harsh pushback and persecution from the world, we will experience a unique closeness with our Savior.

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