December 21, 2014 Sermon Notes

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Philippians | Week 11

Philippians 4:10-13

1. Contentment is learned in the classrooms of being full and empty (Philippians 4:11-12)
2. Christ’s strength produces contentment (Philippians 4:13)

I can rest content in whatever Christ brings because I know Christ will give me strength.

3. Contentment births generosity

Generosity moves in when nobody else will help (Philippians 4:15)

Generosity is faithful, consistent (Philippians 4:16)

Generosity bears fruit (Philippians 4:17-18)

Pleasing to God–worship.

Points others to God–mission.

4. God supplies everything in order to be content and generous (Philippians 4:19)

I can give whatever Christ asks because I know that Christ will provide.

December 14, 2014 Sermon Notes

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Philippians | Week 10

Philippians 4:4-9

1. Be rooted in Christ not swayed by your circumstances (Philippians 4:4)

Rejoice – a choice to trust Christ because he is in control.

Worry – a choice to distrust Christ when I have lost control.

Colossians 1:16-17

Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, condenses worry to these things: what I look like, what people think of me, will I have enough, and what will happen in the future.

2. Bring worry to God (Philippians 4:6-7)

The energy and time and thought spent in worrying should be invested in praying.

Prayer is measured by weight not by length – C.H. Spurgeon.

Thanksgiving moves us from prayers of faithless desperation to faith-filled dependency.

Worry looks at God through circumstances. Peace looks at circumstances through God – Adrian Rogers

The answer to prayer is often a changed perspective – heart and mind – not a changed circumstance.

3. Cultivate and imitate Christ-like thoughts and practices (Philippians 4:8-9)

Direct line between what we fill our minds with and what we choose to believe and practice.

Direct line between what we watch and what we do.

December 7, 2014 Sermon Notes

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Philippians | Week 9

Philippians 4:1-5

The cost of broken relationships: the attractiveness of Jesus in us.

The difficulty of reconciliation: we cover up broken relationships until they are buried deep over time.

1. Assume responsibility for yourself, not be judge and jury over the other.
2. Examine your own heart genuinely and biblically.

Questions for Assessing a Broken Relationship, from Bruce Goettsche

A. Have I fueled this conflict by my own pride, stubbornness or defensiveness? Have I contributed to it by hurtful words, aggressive tactics, or by twisting what really happened?

B. Have I refused to give someone the benefit of the doubt and instead concluded that I know what the motives of another really are?

C. Am I guilty of resisting God by refusing to extend forgiveness and seek reconciliation?

D. Am I waiting for the other person to make the first move and thus violating Paul’s command to do everything that we can do to be reconciled?

3. Admit blind spots and call on others to help.

My self-perception is as accurate as a carnival mirror. If I am going to see myself clearly, I need you to hold the mirror of God’s Word in front of me. – Paul David Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands

Isolation is the enemy of healthy, intimate relationships.

4. Sacrifice your desires for the best of the relationship.

Philippians 2:2-4

This is not a sacrifice of the truth or transparency.

The common ground: what would demonstrate the grace of Christ toward the other person?

5. Surrender response to God for He is present and in control.

Philippians 4:5 | Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand.

November 23, 2014 Sermon Notes

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Philippians | Week 8: A Joyful Discovery

Philippians 3:1-11

Paul’s Heartfelt Appeal (Philippians 3:1)
Paul’s Words of Warning & Affirmation (Philippians 3:2-4)
Paul’s Joyful Discovery (Philippians 3:4-11)
A. An Example to Avoid: Paul’s Past Life in Judaism (Philippians 3:4-6)

Like most ‘religious’ people today, Paul had enough morality to keep him out of trouble, but not enough righteousness to get him into heaven! It was not bad things that kept Paul away from Jesus—it was good things! He had lots of reasons for religious self-confidence, but he had to lose his ‘religion’ to find salvation. – Warren Wiersbe

B. An Example to Follow: Paul’s Present Life in Christ (Philippians 3:7-11)

It was the power of Christ in him that allowed Paul to face difficulties with a sense of holy abandon, full of joy, not because he enjoyed suffering, but because Christ’s resurrection gave Paul a unique perspective on present suffering such that struggle was transformed into intimate fellowship and identification with Jesus… it’s only in the participation of His sufferings does one truly come to know Christ intimately. – Gordon Fee

Scrap your Religious Resume for a Relationship with Christ
1. Guard the Gospel

Compared to a holy and perfect God, the loftiest Everest of rules amounts to a molehill. You cannot earn God’s acceptance by climbing; you must receive it as a gift. – Philip Yancey

2. Set Aside Any Spiritual Pride

I am righteous and accepted by God because __________.

3. Know Christ

May not the inadequacy of much of our spiritual experience be traced back to our habit of skipping through the corridors of the Kingdom like children in the marketplace, chattering about everything, but pausing to learn the true value of nothing. – A.W. Tozer

November 16, 2014 Sermon Notes

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Philippians | Week 7

Philippians 2:19-30

Our greatest desire is to be known. But likewise our greatest fear is to be known. – Jeff Patton

So what’s at stake is the gospel being passed on and lived out.

​1. Relationships require life-on-life intentional investment.

The fatal flaw of human wisdom is that it promises that you can change your relationships without needing to change yourself.​​ – Paul David Tripp

2. Relationships reproduce the life of Christ in me and others.

Paul calls on the church to imitate him as he imitates Christ.

1 Corinthians 11:1 | Be imitators of me as I am of Christ.

Christlikeness is self-interest, self-comfort, and self-focus aside for the sake of God working in others.

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” – C.S. Lewis

3. Relationships bring enrichment and endurance to our walk with God.

To find a mentor | Whom do I learn from and respect, want to be more like?

To find someone to train | Whom is dealing with things in life God has brought me through?

To find an encourager | Whom do I identify with in my season of life, is walking a similar road?

November 9, 2014 Sermon Notes

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Philippians | Week 6

Unity through humility towards others in the body readies you to reach others outside the body.

1. God energizes His people on the inside so they reach people with the gospel on the outside (Philippians 2:12-13).
2. Grumbling and the gospel do not mix (Philippians 2:14-16).

A. We are called to imitate the selfless humility of Christ.

B. Our gospel witness to others is on the line.

Tom Nelson: “You can’t peddle or sell unapplied truth and expect it to impact others.”

3. The gospel reaches people when we pour ourselves out for others.

Is there some person, some neighborhood, some city, some people group for whom you are willing to pour out your life?

November 2, 2014 Sermon Notes

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Philippians | Week 5

1. The Environment of Humility (Philippians 2:1-2)
2. The Purpose of Humility (Philippians 2:3-4)
3. The Example of Humility (Philippians 2:5-11)

October 26, 2014 Sermon Notes

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Philippians | Week 4

Philippians 1:27-30

1. Unity calls for us to set aside divisions through the example of Christ

Conduct yourself like a citizen that is worthy of the gospel.

The community that has been saved by grace is shaped by this grace so it can share this grace with others.

Difference in the makeup of the community: see Acts 16:11-40.

Difference in the mindset of the community.

Philippians 2:2-3

Rivalry: party factions and fighting.

Conceit: think of yourself too highly, put yourself in a position above others.

Take up cross: death means we no longer have an agenda (kills rivalry) and it’s humiliating (kills conceit).

2. Unity comforts us as we suffer together for the purposes of Christ

Suffering is painful but it’s purposeful.

We find courage like He did (1:2929).

We become like Him and know Him (3:10-11).

We demonstrate Him with others to unbelievers (1:30).

October 19, 2014 Sermon Notes

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Philippians | Week 3

Philippians 1:18-23

1. Walking through choices with joy (Philippians 1:18-19)

If left to ourselves, the natural choices are:

1) Despondency – I’m not in control and I’m helpless;

2) Frustration – I’m not in control and I’m angry; and

3) Paralyzed – I’m not in control, I don’t know what to do and I’m afraid.

Romans 15:30

Prayer connects our weakness to the power of the Spirit.

2. Seeing the conclusion with a new perspective (Philippians 1:20-21)

As I lay in my bed in Liberia for the following nine days, getting sicker and weaker each day, I prayed that God would help me to be faithful even in my illness, and I prayed that in my life or in my death, He would be glorified. – Dr. Kent Brantly, Samaritan’s Purse

To live is Christ, To die is gain.

3. Choosing for the sake of others (Philippians 1:22-26)

October 12, 2014 Sermon Notes

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Philippians | A Joyful Response

Philippians 1:12-18

We can respond with joy in difficult circumstances because they remain under God’s control and He uses them to grow us and reach others with the gospel.

What has happened to you?

1. Trials are not barriers that stop us but tools in the hands of God to advance His work | Philippians 1:12

Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves…. Suffering provides the gym equipment on which my faith can be exercised. – Joni Eareckson Tada

2. Trials are bridges to reach others who would never encounter the reach and love of God | Philippians 1:13

A crisis is an opportunity for God to create a highway over which He can impact a people.

Henry and Tom Blackaby, The Man God Uses, 1998.

 3. Trials, when handled well, inspire courage and boldness in others | Philippians 1:14
4. Trials are shared in faithful relationships | Philippians 1:16
5. Trials burn away selfishness and bury conflict in order to find contentment in God’s agenda | Philippians 15, 17-18

October 5, 2014 Sermon Notes

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Philippians | Week 1

Philippians 1:1-11

1. Together, they advanced the gospel beyond themselves | Philippians 1:1-6

Paul is joyful for what has been produced through their support of his ministry and through their gifts for suffering believers in Judea.

The heart of true fellowship is self-sacrificing conformity to a shared vision (D.A. Carson).

2. Together, they modeled the gospel by experiencing and sharing grace | Philippians 1:7-8

 Shared in suffering and struggle with Paul

The gospel was both the environment and the goal of the church – Richard Melick

3. Together, they were to make progress in producing spiritual fruit | Philippians 1:9-11

Key verse: And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ. | Philippians 1:6

Two questions regarding spiritual discernment: (Source: Warren Wiersbe, “Be Joyful”)

1) Will it make make me ashamed if Jesus should return?

2) Will it cause others to stumble and fall?