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Joy in the Darkness

CONFIDENT

Scripture: Philippians 3:4-8 I. You have to know what is a loss to be confident in God’s presence. A. Paul uses the word confidence twice in verse 4. What does Paul mean by confidence here? He is talking about confidence in the presence of God. The Judaizers apparently found their confidence in the flesh to…

Nothing Else

Scripture: Philippians 3:1-3 I. You grow in joy through a relationship with Jesus. A. Remember where Paul says that joy can be found in verse 1: Rejoice in the Lord. If you want to grow in joy, you have to know where to look for it. And joy is found in Jesus. All joy-seekers are…

What’s Next?

Scripture: Philippians 2:12-18 I. You and God together need to work out your salvation. A. Which is it, Paul? Is it me who works or is it God who works? And Paul’s answer is yes. It’s both. God works and you work (vs. 12 and 13). We work out. God works in. This means that…

JESUS ABOVE IT ALL

Scripture: Philippians 2:9-11 I. God lifted Jesus up because God always exalts the humble. A. Because Jesus emptied himself in humility, because Jesus was obedient to God the Father, because Jesus died on the cross, therefore (vs. 9) God highly exalted him. In the ascension, God makes a value judgment about Jesus. Nothing else would do…

A Piece of His Mind

Because of Who He is                                                 He is God in His essence “. . . He was in the form of God . . .” (v6) “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God. . .” (John 1:1a)                                                 He is God in His authority “. . . did not…

A Worthy Life

Scripture: Philippians 1:27-30 I. You live worthy of the Gospel by fighting together for the Gospel. A. Paul begins verse 27 with the word only. He is saying, “I want you to focus on this one thing and one thing only.” Let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ. He is…

TO LIVE IS CHRIST

Scripture: Philippians 1:19-26 In Life Christ is Your Help “I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance.” (v19) “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth” (John…

No Joy in Division

Scripture: Philippians 1:15-18 I. There is no joy in division from other Christians. A. The division between Christians in Philippi has to do with team anti-Paul preaching Christ from envy and rivalry. For some reason, they were jealous of Paul (vs. 15). These people are still proclaiming Christ. Paul then approves of their message. But…

Suffering Well

Scripture: Philippians 1:13-14 I. Suffering well honors God by giving us opportunity to speak of Jesus. A. Paul writes about God’s design for his suffering in vs. 13. Paul told the guards why he was in prison. He was in prison only because of Jesus. Paul could not stop talking about Jesus. The guards not…

Jesus is in Control

Scripture: Philippians 1:12-26 I. Jesus is in control of my past. A. In Phil. 1:12, Paul talks about his past: “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.” How Paul made his way to a Roman jail is described in the Bible book of…