First UMC
Downtown Worship, October 8, 2023
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  • First United Methodist Church of Lexington - Downtown
    200 W High St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    Sunday 8:30 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM
Why do people make a change…make an exchange of one thing in their life for another?

It all begins by knowing you have not arrived.

12 Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. There is something in their heart of heart that is missing.
Philippians 3:12 (NRSV)

1)Sometimes it is obvious. We call this time hitting rock bottom. The old pattern of living is not only not working, it is having negative effects and causing harm to us and most often others. It is then that everyone cheers when “Let’s try something new” is spoken.

2) We meet someone who opens the truth in new ways. That is Paul's reason he was willing to exchange his life for Christ.

The great exchanges we must make to follow Jesus as outlined in Philippians 3:10 (NRSV): I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death:
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1)Our will for his will.
a.“Blessed are the pure in heart” means we are singular in focus. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they will be satisfied. The first exchange we make to follow Jesus is to seek him and him alone. Are we at a place where we are ready to leave behind our desires and align with Jesus’?

2)Our ways for his.
a.Exchanging the way of comfort for the way of the cross.
b.Blessed are the persecuted, the mourners, the peacemakers, the forgivers. Are we willing to exchange our temporary riches for eternal ones?

3)Our power for his.
a.Blessed are the poor in spirit and the meek. Are we willing to be the last, the lost, and the least so he can be the first, the finder, and the most?

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