Pearls from Philippians: Contending Companionship

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Philippians 4:1-9

In Boxing, “The importance of a good stance cannot be stressed enough. A good stance provides balance, and is a key to both attacking and defensive techniques. Boxers should be able to throw a punch without losing their balance.”

What’s Our Stance in Circumstance?

Stand Firm With Your Faith Family ~ Philippians 4:1-3

  • 1 STAY IN THE LORD because of love, joy, and want; deep desire to have us all be together in Christ
  • 2 agree=Phil 2:2 (be one in spirit and purpose) we do NOT all need to think the same thoughts; but we DO need to remember we’re part of the same family, and our different points of view do not need to estrange us from one another
  • 3 notice HELP: sometimes it takes the intervention of others to help us see that being one in spirit and purpose is an INTENTIONAL CHOICE. Some days, I feel just plain disagreeable. Other days, I’m worse! Those who love me are kind enough to remind me that I need a little help to be more like Jesus. That’s our job as brothers and sisters in Christ.

Choose To Rise To Challenges ~ Philippians 4:4-7

  • 4 CHOOSE: joy, repeatedly
  • 5 CHOOSE: reasonableness
  • 6 CHOOSE: thankfulness in prayer
  • 7 RESULT: God’s peace will mount a guard over your heart (the answer to the strife at beginning of chapter)

Philippians 4:8-9 “think on these things” means ”to take an inventory” of these attributes. STOCK UP and USE THEM in your life.

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Pearls from Philippians: Considering Commitment

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Philippians 3:4-14

When an old Moses Lake grocery store closed, the location reopened with new businesses that are still doing well. How did we know there was a plan for that site’s redevelopment?

What Are The Signs Of Our Salvation?

Under New Management ~ Philippians 3:4-11
Under New Managment

  • 4/6 on what do you base your spiritual self-worth?
  • 7/8 loss=damaged, totaled
  • 8/9 skubala=dung, waste
  • 10/11 I talk a lot about being made like Christ, but we’re not going to become little Messiahs: rather, we are stuck to Christ through suffering. He suffered like we suffer: that was His way of showing that He had become fully like us, 100% human. And because He became like us, we are able to identify with Him. Piggy Back’d Righteousness. Jesus carries us (Isa. 46:3-4)

Under Construction ~ Philippians 3:12-14
Under Construction

  • 12 we are IN PROCESS; picture the passing of the baton; Christ chose us to be on His team; He is the anchor and will finish the race, but we get to run as well
  • 13 We have GOT to let go of our old baggage; we can’t carry it into Christ’s eternity
  • 14 Finish line: Steve Taylor lyrics

God carries us; teaches us to walk with Him, puts us in His race, runs along side of us. But we must run as well: the finish line is closer than we think!

Pearls from Philippians: Conforming Comfort

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Philippians 2:1-13

When you’re struggling with stress, where do you find comfort? Favorite activities? Comfort food? How do you extend that comfort to the rest of your life?

What’s the Recipe For A Comforted Life?

Conformation: Align Your Life With Christ ~ Philippians 2:1-4

  • 1 IF (you hear Christ [paráklēsis], feel His love, partner with the Spirit, and feel it in your gut) OUR HEART IS HIS
  • 2 then OUR MIND SHOULD BE TOO
  • 3 no one-upping or pointless posturing; OUR WILL AS WELL
  • 4 ACTIVELY MAKE ROOM FOR OTHERS IN OUR LIFE (not a singular journey, but something we do in community)

Comprehension: See The Cycle Of Christ ~ Philippians 2:5-11

  • 5/6 Christ didn’t hold onto the glory of Godhood
  • 7/8 gave up glory to be grubby like us
  • 9/10/11 Jesus restored to glory, given back what He wouldn’t take for Himself

Construction: Carefully Craft Your Life Like the Lord ~ Philippians 2:12-13

  • 12 Christ obeyed and was raised to glory, we will too; Father starts and finishes our salvation, but we shape it as well
  • 13 God is working; we are to reflect that in our own lives (Just like Jesus!)

Roaming Through Romans: Faith Accounted

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Romans 14:1-12

Ever hear of S.M.A.R.T. goals? Specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time- bound. Should we use comparisons in our faith?

How Is Faith Measured?

Faith Works Even When Weak ~ Romans 14:1-4 small faith is still faith

  • 1 weak faith is working faith; children are weak, but their faith is real
  • 2/3 regardless of your faith stance, don’t be a snob!
  • 4/5 God is in the judging business, not us! We are SERVANTS; why would one servant judge another? None of us have that right

Faith Counts When Considered ~ Romans 14:5-9 according to your capacity

  • 5 fully convinced faith; put the work in!
  • 6 “to the Lord” a life of dedicated discipline
  • 7/8 We are not LORD of our own life
  • 9 Jesus rose again to prove His rightful place as Lord of ALL

Faith Weighed in Worship ~ Romans 14:10-12

  • 10 God’s judgment/bema seat for all (cf. Rev 20:10-15)
  • 11 Sentencing is based on this: is your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life by confessing Christ through faith, and not fear?
  • 12 We are weighed (2 Cor 5:10) for what we DO…

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

  • …but we are sentenced (Rev. 20.15) by Who we KNOW

If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Faith is measured, yes. But it’s measured by the Master alone, not for mere servants to split hairs and scrutinize!

Roaming Through Romans: Holiness Awakened

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Romans 13:8-14

So far today, I’ve done all right.
I haven’t gossiped, lost my temper,
been greedy or grumpy, been nasty, selfish or overindulgent.
I’m very thankful for that.

But in a few minutes, God, I’m going to get out of bed,
and I’m going to need a LOT more help…

How Do You Awaken Holiness?

Go Deeper ~ Romans 13:8-10

  • 8 Paul’s restatement of Jesus’ answer: the most important law
  • 9/10 move the emphasis from LAW to LOVE

Get Going ~ Romans 13:11-14

  • 11 salvation’s opportunity has an END, and it’s getting closer! Wake up!
  • 12 armor=to be used in offense; weapon!
  • 13 behave=peripataomen; walk; careful journey on the way
  • 14 put on Jesus; don’t plan to fail in your flesh

About walking: a little child learns balance; a young person learns direction; but experience teaches us to focus on the finish line.

Roaming Through Romans: Love Enacted

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Romans 12:9-21

Dearest Jimmy,
No words could ever express the great unhappiness I’ve felt since breaking our engagement. Please say you’ll take me back. No one could ever take your place in my heart, so please forgive me. I love you, I love you, I love you!
Yours forever, Marie.
P.S. And congratulations on winning the state lottery.

How Do We Live Out The Lord’s Love?

Participate in Acts of Agape ~ Romans 12:9-13

  • 9 “love without play-acting”; “hate=actively abhor” LIVER
  • 10 actively seek to love;
  • 11 look for opportunities
  • 12 human BE-INGs; here’s how we are to BE
  • 13 ALL ONE SENTENCE let your love be like this!

Resonate Acts of Empathy ~ Romans 12:14-16

  • 14 speak good TO (not just about); INTERACT!
  • 15 notice what state others are in and JOIN THEM
  • 16 “be allalon/together minded” NOT just “be willing to associate, but ACTUALLY HANG OUT WITH”

Terminate Acts of Retribution ~ Romans 12:17-20

  • 17 payback: not even once! Plan ahead how to deal well
  • 18 participle (cf. 9-13) of peace: be peaceful
  • 19 give up your right to revenge; that’s God’s job
  • 20 if ANY enemy hungers, YOU feed them; they won’t be able to take it (but don’t be spiteful)

Romans 12:21~ Let The Lord’s Love Live Large: don’t let the bad beat you: overcome=take the higher ground!

Roaming Through Romans: Humility Transformed

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Romans 12:1-8

When I was a new Christian, much of my spiritual formation was shaped by the music I found. One band’s album particularly stands out: Altar Boys: When You’re A Rebel was released in 1984. The title track helped me memorize Romans 12:2 by repetition, and became a foundational part of my Christian experience: “you got to make a stand; Cause we’re getting close to the end; Ya gotta say it like it is, man”. This has caused me many times over the years to consider HOW can my mind be renewed and transformed.

How Can You Change Your Mind?

Think About Thought ~ Romans 12:1-2
     introduction of transformed thought

  • 1 offer your bodies=stand and wait; spiritual act=logikon, reasonable; if we are engaged in worship, it is reasonable for us to fully engage
  • 2 “be conformed by” PASSIVE; we don’t often CHOOSE to do evil… rather, we’re warped by long-term exposure without resistance.
  • TO WHAT INFLUENCE DO YOU CONSISTENTLY AND FREQUENTLY EXPOSE YOURSELF? THAT is what will shape you!

Think THROUGH What You Do ~ Romans 12:3-5
     demonstration of transformed thought

  • 3 “think more highly” PUN don’t over-think your own importance
  • 4 it’s reasonable to understand that our body parts don’t all do the same thing
  • 5 PUN:Gk: al-lay’-lone=together We are DESIGNED to be a part of each other; we’re not nearly as autonomous as we’d like to think

Romans 12:6-8
     application of transformed thought

  • 6/8 charismata: manifestations of the Spirit’s presence. Since we’re all different, the Spirit will look different THROUGH each of us (like light through different lenses) cf. Matt. 5:16

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