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Play Nice and Pray Hard
Unity is a huge theme throughout Philippians, and actually it is a huge theme carried throughout a lot of what wrote in his letters. There is a personal cost as well as a corporate price that we pay when we do not prioritize unity in the church body. Today we are going to discuss the ways we should approach conflict, and protect ourselves from falling into faithless worry.
Living with the End in Mind
The Bible is clear in its teaching about the goal of the Christian life—God wants us to be conformed to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). That is the goal—that is the “end” that God wants for each one of His children. So if we are to live our lives with the end in mind, we must always be thinking about what it means to be conformed to Jesus’ image—what will my life look like if I look like Jesus? If we do not start now to think about what that life should look like, we will never be able to do it in the last weeks or months of our lives. We need to begin living with our eternal end in mind.
Faith in Christ
This week we will be in Philippians Chapter 3, dealing with the first 11 verses. Paul here is warning us of false righteousness, giving us an example of his own self-righteousness, and describing what and who is true Righteousness. What is your faith placed in today? Is it Flesh, or Faith in Jesus Christ?
Lives Worthy of Commendation
In this passage, Paul is presenting us with two examples of lives that are worthy of the gospel—Timothy and Epaphroditus. In each of these examples, Paul celebrates the ways in which God has worked in and through these men. He presents them as examples to us to follow, and clarifies for us the benchmarks by which we should measure success in the ministry.
Lights in the Darkness
In Matthew 5:14, Jesus calls His followers the light of the world. God intends to use His people to influence the world around them for His glory. But how do we successfully accomplish this mission? In today’s passage, Paul explains to the Philippian believers how they might shine brightest as lights in the darkness.
Live as Christ
We are starting a new chapter in our "Separate but Connected" series. Paul begins chapter two by pointing out the example that Christ left us. Our motivations affect our sacrifice, our service, our selflessness, and it ultimately affects the unity we either share or don't share with fellow Christians. It's time we took a good look at ourselves to see if we are Living for Christ or ourselves.