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Philippians

June 2- August 11, 2019

In this 11-Part Sermon Series we will dive in to a study of Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

June 2:  Where it All Began                        The first sermon on Philippians looks at Acts’ account of Paul and Silas’ ministry there including the highlights of meeting faithful Lydia, casting the spirit out of the divining girl, and their miraculous time in jail. These are the people to whom Paul is writing.

June 9:  God Will See it Through                    On Pentecost Sunday we look at the promise that God, who began a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it. This work is done by the Holy Spirit. Whatever faith, whatever work of grace God started in you, from before you believed until now, God’s going to see it through. .

June 16:  A Single Eye         What is Paul’s main concern? Is it his ego? The fact that he planted the church in Philippi? No, it’s that Jesus Christ is lifted up in the preaching of the gospel. While we would prefer to see people share Christ with pure motives, we rejoice knowing he’s being shared. What are your motivations and how might you bring them in line with God’s? .

June 23:  Where Your Treasure Is                        Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt 6:21). Paul says, “To live is Christ, to die is gain,” and “let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ.” One follows the other. If Christ is your treasure, if living for Christ is of utmost value, then your life will reflect the worthiness of the gospel.

June 30:  The Mind of Christ    This is a life worthy of the gospel – humility rather than selfish ambition, free from self-interest. This is what having the mind of Christ looks like. Emptying ourselves of our own claims on life in order to be a servant like Jesus. .

July 7:  Getting Along in God’s Family                        Every family has its issues, including within the church. Paul calls on us to continue having the mind of Christ by not grumbling or fighting with each other, but to be blameless (holy) in our interactions with one another for the sake of the world.

July 14:  The Importance of Discipleship    What do your mentoring relationships look like? Do you have young men and women whom you are training for making disciples? Are you a young person looking to be mentored? Paul had no compunction about sending Timothy and Epaphroditus on important ministry assignments. We, too, should take care to be prepared and to prepare people for gospel appointments. .

July 21:  Jesus Over-Shadows Your Resume                        You may be an impressive person with lots of degrees and accomplishments. On the last day, there’s only one thing that matters – the righteousness of Christ in your life through faith. Build your life upon knowing Christ, not how important you think you are.

July 28:  Finish the Race    In a disposable society, perseverance is a character quality often overlooked. Paul exhorted the Philippians to persevere by imitating himself, who was in jail, and who would remain faithful to the end. Let us persevere no matter how difficult. .

August 4:  Trust God and Relax                        Worries got you down? Finding it difficult to rejoice? Paul knew anxiety – he was in jail when he wrote this letter. What did he instruct and how did that work out? Prayer and thanksgiving came to the rescue and the peace of God flooded his heart and his cell. The same peace from the same God is available to you.

August 11:  God Will Supply                        Paul closes this letter by calling on the Philippians to trust God to supply every need of theirs. He says that he has learned to be content in any circumstance, presumably because he has learned that God will supply every need of his. We need to trust God to know contentment.