Answering the Call to Excellence

NOTES FROM A SERMON PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD ON SUNDAY, January 27, 2019 IN THE 10:30 AM SERVICE.  FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES.  FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO THE THE WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE.

Philippians 1:9-11

Marks of Excellence

  • Philippians 1:9–11 (NKJV)  9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
    • Love
    • Knowledge
    • Discernment
    • Sincerity
    • Fruits of Righteousness
    • The Christ-Life

Paths To Exllence

Stir Up

Sync Up

Step Up

Stand Out

I.  Stir Up

  • Stir Up the Gift That Is In You
  • 2 Timothy 1:6–7 (NKJV)    6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

II.  Sync Up

  • Sync Up To Do More Together Better
  • Acts 2:1–2 (NKJV)  2 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
  • 1 Corinthians 3:5–9 (NKJV)  5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.  9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.

III.  Step Up

  • Step Up to the Challenge
  • Isaiah 6:8 (NKJV)  8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:“Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.

IV.  Stand Out

  • Stand Out in the Crowd
  • Daniel 5:12 (NKJV)  12 Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, now let Daniel be called, and he will give the interpretation.”
  • Philippians 3:12–14 (NKJV) 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

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