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Rejoice in the Lord Always

Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9 I. If you want to rejoice in the Lord always, you need to be gentle. A. The church could always rejoice in the Lord (vs. 4). The church could rejoice in who God is and in what He has done and is doing and will do on their behalf. Paul’s command to…

The Way Church Should Be

Scripture: Philippians 4:1-3 I. Church should be a place of fighting against enemies and evil. A. Yes, the apostle Paul thinks that church should be a place of love. Notice all the terms of endearment that Paul piles on top of one another to describe how he feels about the people in the Philippian church…

From Away

Philippians 3:20-21 The Promise of an Eternal Home “But our citizenship is in heaven (v20) “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” (Ephesians 2:19) “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I…

Who Not to Follow

Scripture: Philippians 3:17-19 I. You do not follow enemies of the cross because they live opposite to Christ’s way. A. Paul makes a bold request in vs. 17: “Brothers, join in imitating me.” He is saying, “If you want an example of what a Christian looks like, look at me. Follow my example.” Paul recognizes…

Grow Up

Scripture: Philippians 3:13-16 I. You grow up in Christ through effort. A. Paul has already made it clear that there is no room for laziness in the Christian life. See Phil. 1:27, 2:12, 2:16. And we Christians are people who are straining (Phil. 3:13). Holiness and righteousness are expected of every Christian. Every Christian has…

Jesus is Gain

Scripture: Philippians 3:9-12 I. If I have Jesus, I gain righteousness. Paul uses the word righteousness twice in verse 9. Righteousness means being in the right with God. Righteousness is from God (vs. 9). In other words, it is a gift from God. 2 Corinthians 5:21: “For our sake he made him to be sin…

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…

FOLLOW THE LEADER

Scripture: Philippians 2:19-30 Follow the leader who has a humble mind “. . . genuinely concerned for your welfare.” (v20) “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also the interests of others. Have…

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…