Phil 3:2-11; John 17:1-8, 25-26

A sermon preached at Port Charlotte United Methodist Church (the first of three focusing on the congregation’s mission statement: “KNOW Christ.  GROW more like Christ. GO to serve Christ.”)


The text of this sermon is now available in a published collection: In Season and Out: Sermons for the Christian Year (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2019).  My gratitude goes out to Faithlife (developers of Logos Bible Software) for their support and their confidence in this material!  The book can be purchased (or downloaded) directly from,, or, of course, Amazon: