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Perusing Philippians

Sermons based on the New Testament Book of Philippians

The Apostle Paul takes pen and ink and a generous amount of his heart and soul, and writes a letter to a church that is going through great persecution, that is filled with love, joy and rejoicing. This is a sixteen (16) part sermon series that looks at the intimacy between a pastor and his flock.

 

#1 - The Epitaph

May 10, 2020

This sermon covers the Greeting of the Apostle Paul to the Church in Philippi.

#2 - Paul's Joy That Christ is Preached

May 17, 2020

After Paul’s greeting, thanksgiving, and prayer, it is time for Paul to remiss about own imprisonment at Rome. That imprisonment, he says, resulted in the advancement of the gospel. The prisoner proclaims freedom through the Gospel of Jesus Christ even while being imprisoned.

#3 - I Will Rejoice

May 24, 2020

In this portion of the epistle, Paul expresses the grounds of his confidence that he will be released from prison (see note on vv. 12–30). He assures the Philippians that he believes he will remain alive to minister to them.

#4 - Christ Humbled Himself

May 31, 2020

No matter the subject that the Apostle Paul is preaching or teaching...it always comes back to Christ. In this case, Paul centers on the humility of Jesus

#5 - Work Out Your Own Salvation

June 14, 2020

In the previous section of this passage (vvs 1-11) we have this beautiful illustration or depiction of who Jesus Christ was and is. Paul exhorts the Philippians, as Christians, to demonstrate to the world, the same faith and obedience as Jesus portrayed. Christ was obedient to the Father, “to the point of death”, therefore, the conclusion by Paul is that His followers should also be obedient to Christ.

#6 - Be Glad and Rejoice With Me

June 21, 2020

Since God is working in the hearts and lives of the Philippian congregation to fulfill His will and His good work, for the Lord’s good pleasure (v. 13), there can be no Legitimate reason that the attitude of believers would be one of grumbling and disputing.

#7 - For I Have No One Like Him

June 28, 2020

Previously in this epistle, Paul gave a discourse on the obedient Christ to the will of God the Father. He followed that with the obligation of the Christian to possess the mind of Christ.
Paul offers another example of what faithful Christian service looks like. And that example is Timothy.
Paul promises that Timothy will be coming to them soon. Timothy was a “committed Christian” to the ministry and service of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

#8 - Receive Him in the Lord

July 5, 2020

The Philippians had sent Epaphroditus to deliver gifts for Paul and look after him in prison. Now, due to the Philippians’ alarm over news that Epaphroditus had taken ill, Paul is sending him back to Philippi (with this letter)

#9 - Saul, A Leader Going in the Wrong Direction

July 12, 2020

In this section of the letter, Paul reminisces about his previous life of going in the wrong direction.

#10- I Want to Know Him

July 19, 2020

Paul declares, with his whole heart, that he strives to know Christ better. This is a very personal section of the letter that Paul lets us in on.

#11 - What Lies Behind verses What Lies Ahead

July 26, 2020

It would be an understatement to say that these are troubled times. We are writing history and the future to some looks very bleak and others would see that future will be prosperous. As humans we have their tendency to repeat the things that we do, according to the things that we have done in the past. We are creatures of habit. In this message today, the Apostle Paul, proclaims that the things of the past, should stay there.
I do not know what the new “normal” will be. I have no crystal ball. However, one thing I do know…we make the future, today.

#12 - Enemies of the Cross of Christ

August 2, 2020

When I was young, my dad had a conversation with me concerning some of the “new friends” that I was beginning to hang out with. The just of the conversation was my dad told me that I couldn’t be around these new friends. I asked the age-old question, “Why?” My dad had never met or seen these boys. They had never come to the house for dinner. I just did not get it and I told him so. He was patient but firm. “OK” was the only word that left my lips.
Paul teaches the Church to be careful of who they imitate.

#13 - Making the Choice to Rejoice

August 9, 2020

Paul Aurandt (Sep 4, 1918-Feb 28, 2009) Was a radio broadcaster for ABC news radio. From 1952 to 2008, Paul had a segment of his news and commentary titled, “The Rest of the Story.” I never knew that Harvey wasn’t Paul’s last name; it was Aurandt. The Rest of the Story provided backstories behind famous people and events. I especially enjoyed listening to his broadcasts and being let in on stories that would not make the local or other national news.
Today, we will look at a famous passage of scripture that will contain its very own “Rest of the Story.”

#14 - Think On These Things

August 16, 2020

I believe that most of us do not meditate on the Word of God. Many try to imitate Christ by practicing what He instructed believers to do. In this portion of Paul's letter, he hones in on the practice of "meditating and practicing."

#15 - God Strengthens Me

August 23, 2020

Previously, the Apostle Paul declared to the church at Philippi, “meditate and practice these things.”

Looking at the world today, I see many Christians that are having a great struggle in their practice of Christianity.

Let us pause here for a moment. I would like to ask you a couple of questions.

  1. Are you content with where you are in your position in Christ? Does your lifestyle show it to the world?

  2. Have you become complacent, especially in this “Topsy-turvey”, COVID19 laced world? Do you find it easier to put your Christianity on the shelf until the vaccine shows up?

In this portion of the letter, Paul tells the church at Philippi that they are to be content, happy, and rejoicing even though they were going through persecution in following Jesus Christ.

#16 - I Am Well Supplied

August 30, 2020

In the previous section, Paul declared that whatever situation or circumstance that he would find himself, “brought low or abound, having plenty and being hungry, having abundance or in great need”, he can be content. It is important to understand what Paul was saying and what he was not saying. He certainly could live in prosperity and poverty but to ensure that the Philippians did not misunderstand his intent, he did not want them to think that the gifts they sent him were of no concern on his behalf or wasted. It is as Paul is saying your gift came at the right time.

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