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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.