A Story about "Who you Know ..."

It's not just what you know, it's who you know!

  1. Knowing Christ is important for our destination (at the judgment, it's not what you know, but who you know - Do you know Christ?)

    This is Paul's sentiment in Philippians 3 ... (see the context, Paul would gladly dispose of everything he knows just to know Christ!)
    7But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. - Philippians 3:7-11

    Paul's vision is on the destination (judgment, eternity) but he also has his sights on the current moment as he communicates in the next few verses:
    14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 15All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16Only let us live up to what we have already attained. - Philippians 3:14-16

  2. Knowing Christ makes a difference in the journey.
Ephesians 1 - "Christian Life" is "A Life In Christ" I Want to Know Christ -

CONCLUSION - [Challenge]

Meeting is not the same things as knowing!

The most important person you can ever know is Jesus Christ. . .

I want every person here to be prepared for more than just meeting God! I want you to know God! I want you to know Christ!

Chris Benjamin

West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
Morning Sermon, 4 January 2004

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