Right on the Money

Philippians is a book in the Bible, written by a guy who lived far from God, and yet God touched his life and transformed it, and used Paul to write the majority of the New Testament. While in prison Paul writes this letter to the church. Not knowing if he was going to live or die Paul writes this letter which has been called by many scholars, The Book of Joy. This summer, we looked at this Book of Joy, and found there are many key ingredients for life that Paul talks about from prison, key ingredients we might be able to use in our lives such as Prayer, Gratefulness, Humility, Joy, Unity, Sacrifice, Faith, Conflict Resolution, and Peace,

Today we are reminded of a couple of more ingredients that go hand in hand, and will help us as we prepare for the most stressful time of the year…the happiest, the most joyful time of the year…

Philippians 4

How to Overcome Worry

Don’t Worry – Be Happy is easier said than done. People have all kinds of side-effects in life because of worry. Paul gives us some hints on not worrying- and while they may appear to be basic, many of us forget them and before we know it, worry is dominating our lives. The importance of working together and being generous are also aspects of this passage from the Bible. Scripture: Philippians 4

Pressing towards the Goal

This passage reminds us all of the importance of striving for the right thing, the One thing. Paul also gives some great advice how to run the race and how to keep our eyes on the goal so we win! While we can learn from the past, if we focus on the past, then eventually most relationships, companies, and churches will crash and burn.

Scripture: Philippians 3:12-21

Identity Theft

In the midst of such a ‘docile, joy-filled letter’, Paul passionately cautions his readers to be aware of a particular group of Christ followers who are pushing others to find their status and identity around circumcision. In offering his own personal experience, Paul suggests that nothing compares to forming your sole and ultimate identity ‘in Jesus’ – that this, indeed, is the true path to ‘life.’ As a result, we – as 21st century followers of Jesus – are urged to recognize the spheres that we place our false confidence and identity in and replace them with the transforming reality of Jesus.

Scripture: Philippians 3:1-11

Who Do You Think You Are?

We can spend a lot of time and energy trying to manage how other people perceive us, our sense of identity and status. But God offers us a better way, the way of humility and unity. These are big themes in Paul’s epistle, Philippians, and they really get fleshed out as we explore the lives of two of Paul’s co-workers, Timothy and Epaphroditus (aka Charming). Let’s look at how their lives reflect Jesus – and ours can, too.

Scripture: Philippians 2:19-30

Unity & Obedience

This passage tells the Christmas and Easter story and continues with the themes of humility, unity, and serving others. Emphasis is made about how whining, grumbling and complaining can destroy marriages, relationships, employment and especially the church.

Scripture: Philippians 2:5-18

Unity & Division

In any community of people differing opinions and ways of life are inevitable. As a community of believers we have to seek all the more to squash out diversity and together pursue unity. Another common tendency is to take offense at other peoples actions. We need to work at forgiveness rather than taking offense. This message encourages us with practical ways to pursue a more united body.

Scripture: Philippians 1:27-2:4

Ingredients for Life

The writer of Philippians, Paul, shares words thanksgiving that comes from his mind, heart and prayers. We are also reminded that in questionable and heart breaking circumstances that God still moves and can give us joy. We will look at Paul’s Chains, Critics and Crisis and how God moved. We focus on the chains we all have in life and will be reminded that God loosens those chains.

Scripture: Philippians 1:3-26

Ingredients for Life

We all want to live lives of significance. Paul, the writer of the NT book Philippians give us an inside look at what it means to make a difference in life even if you are in a jail cell. Paul begins this letter with some basic reminders on some ingredients for life.