The most perfect and delicious pineapple I ever ate in my life came straight out of a field in Honduras. Lana and I were on a mission trip in Honduras and we got to eat fresh pineapple right off the plant. Pineapple plants only fruit once, usually about two years after they are planted. It takes the right amount of temperature, soil and moisture to produce a mature pineapple.
What does it take for a Christian to fully mature?
The book of Philippians has some great “one-liners” to help us grow in our faith:
***Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
***Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
***Philippians 3:12 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.
***Philippians 3:14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
***Philippians 4: 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
***Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
The sermon this Sunday will focus on a prayer that Paul prayed over the church in Philippi, in Philippians 1:9-11 “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.”
Paul prays for three characteristics essential to a Christlike life: love, knowledge and discernment. Why does the Holy Spirit include the need for knowledge and discernment along with the need to abound in love?
Prayer - Lord I pray over our church here at Gadsden First UMC that our love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment. May we be filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ. Amen