Sermons on Philippians
How can one be sorrowful yet also be rejoicing? The key is knowing that though life is hard and painful, God is good and we are able to rejoice in Him. “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” C.S. Lewis
Getting to know Jesus is our goal. We want to build a relationship with Him through the practice of prayer.
Jesus took on the role of the lowliest person present to wash the feet of his disciples. Jesus models absolute humble service, teaching us how we ought to serve others. The way others know that we are followers of Christ is how well we love one another. We need the cleansing of Jesus if we are going to live lives of love.
Raising the bar. This portion of the sermon on the mount digs into the heart of what the Mosaic law was trying to get to. We find that often the things we may think are “not such a big deal” often are.
Quite often we get the feeling of joy and gratitude in reverse order. We think that if we are feeling joy that it will make us grateful. This is backwards. We need to be grateful first, no matter the circumstances, and the feelings of joy will follow.
Philippians 4:4-9 Philippians 4:6-7 Matthew 6:25-34
We live in a culture of anxiousness brought on by technology, over-information and social disconnection. When we try to address this anxiousness we too often don’t put prayer at the top priority. Paul tells us, in the letter of Philippians, to not be anxious, but to pray and let the peace of God guard your heart and mind.
Consistent reading of scripture can have a very powerful impact. We pray that you can move from a feeling of obligation and becomes a time of great pleasure.
Prayer is a discipline. It takes practice, it takes all sorts of forms and it is way more powerful than you think.
There are many things in the human life that indicate that we are made for something different. We are citizens of heaven.
We are made to worship and if it is not God it will be something else, including our selves. But only God will satisfy. All idols leave us enslaved. Find freedom in the fulfilling worship of Jesus.
We are an intersection between the physical and spiritual world. Even though our bodies are temporary tents, we are being renewed day by day preparing us to take possession of a greater dwelling in heaven. So while on earth we are called to serve Jesus to the best of our ability.