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Philippians: Nothing Matters but Jesus - Full Gathering
Philippians: Better Together
Philippians 2:19-30 - Timothy and Epaphroditus. Two people who are examples of people we need to honor, and two people who are example of what we can be for others. We are better together.
Philippians: Lights in the World - Full Gathering
Philippians 2:12-18 - We frequently describe our journey with God as a walk. Our journey with God most of the time feels more like a roller coaster ride. God is busy working in the lives of His followers, busy making us look more and more like his Son Jesus. While God works on us he brings us to things that are intimidating and scary and we need to hold on to him with white knuckles ready and willing to follow where He leads us. God is working in the people of the church for his good pleasure so that we would be a bright and shining example of Jesus to people who do not yet know him.
Philippians: Advancement of the Gospel - Full Gathering
Philippians 1:12-18 - Paul is in prison, in chains, facing possible death. He is receiving reports of people who are taking advantage of his absence in the free world and are preaching the Gospel out of secret ambition, to gain popularity, or to just get back at Paul. And yet Paul sees all of this as an opportunity, the opportunity for the Gospel to be spread. What if we would have the same attitude as Paul?
Philippians: He Began, He Will Finish - Full Gathering
Philippians 1:6-12 - Paul had a love for the Philippian church that brought him overflowing joy. Seeing the heart and attitude of this letter, it’s hard to imagine that he was in chains as he wrote it. We have a confidence as the body of Christ that the work Jesus started in all of us, will complete in us, by His power. Paul’s prayer is a mixture of love, and challenge to live a life filled with His spirit, that will bring glory and praise to God.
Philippians: Partnership in the Gospel - Full Gathering
Philippians 1:1-5 - Philippians was essentially written as Paul was thanking this church for their support, primarily financial support. And he begins the letter with thanking them for their partnership in the Gospel. The finances we give mean more than we sometimes think. We are not just supporters when we give. We are partners, working along side the people and organizations we are giving to. And we are partners together, sharing the gospel in our individual neighborhoods, so that together we are helping people connect to God in every neighborhood.
Why Gather to Pray?
PJ Lewis - Luke 11:1-4, Acts 2:42, Acts 1:12, Acts 4:23-31, Acts 12:12, 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, James 5:14-16 - Why pray? The Bible is filled with commands and examples of the importance of prayer. Jesus taught His disciples to pray. The church was devoted to prayer. But do we also see the importance of praying TOGETHER? The Bible is also filled with examples of corporate prayer, especially as the church is gathered together. What's so special about praying, not only privately, but corporately? Let's find out.
Why Gather to Hear the Word?
PJ Lewis - Nehemiah 8:1-12, 1 Timothy 4:13 (also Ex. 24:7, Deut. 31:11, Josh. 8:35, 2 Kings 23:1-3, Luke 4:16, 1 Thes. 5:27) - In our Christian culture, there is great value for a personal devotional time, a "quiet time", a time where we read the Word or listen to a message for ourselves. But this focus has sometimes diminished the importance of the value of hearing the Word corporately. As we look at all the scripture and the history of the church, the Word is meant to be shared and taught in public, in larger groups, not just personally. There is something that happens when we all hear the Word together that cannot happen when we study the Word alone.