Whatever Is Excellent

Whatever Is Excellent Sermon Audio Here
the Whatevers of Philippians 4:8
2 Peter 1:1-7

The name Stradivarius is synonymous with fine violins. This is true because Antonius Stradivarius insisted that no instrument constructed in his shop be sold until it was as near perfection as human care and skill could make it. Stradivarius observed, “God needs violins to send His music into the world, and if any violins are defective God’s music will be spoiled.” His work philosophy was summed up in one sentence: “Other men will make other violins, but no man shall make a better one.”

As We Search For Whatever Is Excellent:

We See It In The Specific Act of Praise
Often used to describe the use of God’s power:

For our response of praise of God in Isaiah:

We Carry It In Our Consciousness of God’s Power
2 Peter 1:1-7 ~ We see God’s power in our knowledge of Him

  • v2 abundant grace through knowledge of God
  • v3 His empowering knowledge is sufficient for life
  • v4 we participate in God’s nature; we live on His turf
  • v5-7 “to add to”=epichorēgéō to add steps to the dance of life: aid, minister

Journalist Edwin Bliss once said, “The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic, and a terrible waste of time.”

As we move through life, we Remember God’s Excellence in Praise, and we Dance Into the fullness of God’s Kingdom Through Knowledge.

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