Strength for the Journey...Life Lessons from Philippians
Paul wrote to the Philippians from Rome-- a prisoner of Nero. He was chained day and night to a Roman soldier. He knew his life could end soon...and he wrote to people of faith who needed to be encouraged.
Philippians is a guide for ordinary living. You will find help for the normal problems Christians face.
Paul reminds the Philippians and us "that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6
Our lives are filled with and problems, frustrations, anxieties, and pressures that can lead to feeling weary, discouraged and defeated. We need to discover and understand the source of joy, confidence and strength to fully follow Jesus. Christ is our life; Christ is our confidence; and Christ is our strength for the journey."All I want is to know Christ and to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death." Philippians 3:10 (Good News)
STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY:
LIFE LESSIONS FROM PHILIPPIANS
Acts 16; Philippians 1:1-3
Philippians 1:4-6: In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
I think life is supposed to be a series of adventures. Tom Morris
How would you describe your life adventure?
What has your adventure cost?
1. STRENGTH FLOWS TO THOSE WHO FOLLOW GOD'S DIRECTIONS Following God based on Paul's experience: Check out Acts 16:7-12
and Acts 16:13-15
Stop! Go! Wait! Look around to discover God's plan!
When was the last time God gave you directions?
Can God change directions for a church family?
When was the last time God changed your direction?
Why did Paul write a letter to the church at Philippi?
1. The believers were not united. (Philippians 2:1-4)
2. The believers were suffering. (Philippians 1:28)
3. The believers needed a nudge to engage their unbelieving world.
2. STRENGTH FLOWS TO THOSE WHO FOLLOW GOD'S DIRECTION— WHATEVER THE COST: Acts 16:22-25
Were Paul and Silas:
crazy? delirious? fanatics? trusting God was in control?
Did Paul's jail time in Philippi change his perspective about following
God's directions—no matter what?
Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I
am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly. Philippians 1:12-14
What does it cost you to follow God's directions?
3. STRENGTH FLOWS TO THOSE WHO GET INTO EACH OTHER'S LIVES
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you. Philippians 1:1-3
Get into other's lives you can trust and who will trust you: Philippians 2:19-22
Get into other's lives so they can affirm and celebrate what
God is doing in your life: Philippians 1:7-8
Get into other's lives so they will love you and allow you to love them: Philippians 2:1-3
Get into each other's lives so they will allow you to serve them
and be served by them: Philippians 2:4
All Scripture taken from the New International Version (NIV) unless noted. June 3, 2012. You can listen or download today's sermon from our website at http://www.tcaa.com.
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