Weekend Message Takeaway: “Citizens of Heaven” (November 5–6)

Which Citizenship Are You Clinging To?

What does it mean to be a citizen of Heaven, and how does that impact your life on the earth? Continuing our “Better Together” series, this weekend Pastor Doug taught us that citizens of Heaven have the responsibility to influence their world, give earthly politics their proper weight, give up their rights for the gospel, and know that the best is yet to come!

For the Note Takers

Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug’s teaching this weekend:

Citizens of Heaven Have Responsibility to Influence Their World (Philippians 3:15–20): Don’t let God’s Word be shaped by politics, make sure your political viewpoint is shaped by God’s Word.

Citizens of Heaven Give Politics the Proper Weight (Philippians 3:20–4:1): The political world has always and will always make promises it cannot keep. A political figure is not the hope of the world, America is not the hope of the world, Jesus is!

Citizens of Heaven Are Willing to Give Up Their Rights for the Gospel (Philippians 4:2–3): Do you have a conflict with someone in the church that needs to come to an end? As believers, we need to learn to put aside the little things we disagree on—the earthly things that must be given their proper weight—to ensure unity and harmony on the big things—the things of Heaven! 

Citizens of Heaven Know the Best is Yet to Come  (Philippians 4:2): Here, Paul reminded two women of what they had in common—their work as citizens of Heaven and how they labored with him in the gospel. As a Christian family, when we argue, we need to make up and press forward in love. Remember, our names are registered in the Book of Life (Luke:10:20)!

Quote to Remember: “Do you feel more at home with people who share your politics or people who share your faith? You may unintentionally be rendering to Caesar what is God’s.”—Pastor Doug Sauder    

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A Look Ahead

This Wednesday, we’ll continue our “Open Letters” series in Revelation 2–4 as Pastor Billy Venezia teaches on the church of Thyatira. Learn how to avoid believing false teachings, idolatry, and compromising your beliefs. 

This weekend, we’ll continue our “Better Together” series with a study of Philippians 4:4–13. Here, as Paul shares his final salutation with his beloved Philippian church, he fits in a few final words of wisdom, encouragement, and power. Through this teaching, we’ll be reminded one last time to rejoice in the Lord and to walk in that joy every day as we navigate the various ups and downs of life.     

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.